Leonardo DiCaprio just cashed out on some of his banked credits. Prior to Shutter Island, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Departed, or Inception Leo was a rather innocuous actor. That isn’t to say that he was terrible in J. Edgar, as it stands he wasn’t. However the story, dialogue, developments, scenes, themes, etc. are poorly portrayed and at moments laughable. In instances it felt like a play production (see the RFK meeting) and in others overly diluted and focused (see Lindbergh). Untouched is a sizable chunk of history that would have been interesting in which to delve: FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower administrations. Making this movie successfully fail are the flashbacks, time-leaps, and disjointed memories that serve to create an artistic deconstructivism. Unfortunately it muddles the story, loses track of messages, and annoys. Like Madmen J. Edgar offers whopping style and clumsy substance.