Another Oscar winner for Meryl. She and the makeup man are superb. Interesting story of a modern
Hugo is Scorsese doing Spielberg. And very well. The film has all the charm and delightful
childhood fantasy of ET (although none of the actors is as endearing as Drew Barrymore) and the 3D is very comfortable and not gimmicky. The film history worked into the story line is also nicely done and gives those familiar with the early movie creations an Ah-ha moment. This is very good holiday fare.
DiCaprio is brilliant in the title role and Naomi Watts subtle in a supporting spot and as it
always seems Judi Dench is commanding in even a small part. The story is a confusion much as it was for anyone who lived during Hoover's time. Today people seem to require conclusive resolution in their film and TV and to be ambivalent about the sexuality of such a major figure as Hoover is, to many reviewers, unsatisfying. Director Clint Eastwood has apparently left the definitive conclusions to history and has refrained from outing the FBI director as a closeted and hypocritical gay. Hoover was strange no doubt. Eastwood shows Hoover's unusual relationships with staff, secretaries and mother much as they were reported in his time. While those relationships appear very odd today, they were, in Hoover's 19th century morality, not that odd. Bachelors, loners, old maids, hermits were known to everyone and were not immediately labeled as gay. The movie lays it out, draw your own conclusion.
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