J. Edgar Anticipation!

(Editor’s note: welcome to our second contributing writer, Martyn Fox.)

With the release of the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s new film J. Edgar, Oscar buzz is already in the air in hopes Leonardo DiCaprio will receive his first golden statue. Why hasn’t Leo won before, you might ask? Well, he HAS been nominated three times previously: What’s Eating Glibert Grape (1993, Best Supporting Actor), The Aviator (2004, Best Actor), and Blood Diamond (2006, Best Actor). These categories of course were instead won by Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), Jamie Foxx (Ray), and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) respectively. Now, whether or not you think Leo’s performances to be more Oscar worthy than the men who actually retrieved them is up to you. Before we go on, I need to say that I believe both him AND Kate Winslet should have been nominated for 2008’s drama, Revolutionary Road. Alas, Kate ended up winning that year anyway for her brilliant role in The Reader. Okay, this post is not about how much I love Kate Winslet…

Clint Eastwood has been steadily directing films since the 70’s, winning 4 Best Director Oscars in that time period. Also, this is screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s second feature film. His first – Milk, in which he won an Academy Award.  If J. Edgar does not bring Leo his first award, might it possibly bring Clint his 5th and Dustin his 2nd? Take a look for yourself at the trailer below:

Some schizophrenic points that come to my mind after watching this –

  • What is his accent right now? I mean, it sounds pretty good for whatever it is, but wasn’t J. Edgar Hoover born in Washington DC? (Leo loves his accents. Think Shutter Island, the Departed, Blood Diamond…)
  • Foreshadowing of a “more than co-workers” relationship with Armie Hammer. COME TO ME.
  • Damn, old person makeup! This is literally Leo in another 40 years.
  • Jeffrey Donovan as Bobby Kennedy? Hmmm…
  • Also, I GET that Judi Dench is in this movie. Why don’t trailers showcase snips of all the actors, making people want to see it more when they go – “Ohhhh, he’s in it?!” (trailer did not include Lea Thompason, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas, Stephen Root, etc.)
  • Towards the end I’m getting an Aviator type of “going crazy” vibe.
  • Constant grey and black tones could dull down the films direction and possibly bore or depress the audience. It’s clearly a directorial choice, but not sure how well it will work..

Despite how mildly underwhelming the trailer was in my opinion, I will still be going to see this opening weekend, rooting for Leo! (and his romance scene with Armie…)

In theaters everywhere November 9, 2011.

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