With his work on 2008’s Milk
, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black managed to pull off the rare feat of crafting a quality biopic that’s actually quite memorable. In part, he did this by focusing on the most-interesting period of his subject’s life, rather than fashioning a cradle-to-the-grave narrative. However, his work on director Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar
, a sweeping profile of the longtime head of the FBI, isn’t anywhere near as good. Sadly, this movie makes seemingly every mistake that Milk
so adroitly avoided.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular lead, the movie follows three different threads of the man’s historic life. First, th...