In the case of J. EDGAR, it isnít what the film left out so much as what the film adds in. Aside from what we know from his public life, Hoover was very secretive and there are a lot of things that people just donít know about his personal life. Clint Eastwood and writer Dustin Lance Black take a lot of liberties by speculating what they believe his life was like. This movie is definitely more like a historical fiction since almost all of the personal stuff has little to no facts to back it up.
Another issue I had with the film is that they didnít seem to want actors that looked the part; instead they chose actors who could act. Thatís fine and dandy since you do want people who can act, but as a result to me Leonardo DiCaprio is never really J. Edgar Hoover in the film, but rather heís just Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar Hoover makeup. Itís like that for all the actors in the movie. The makeup job itself must have been exceptionally tricky and with Blu-ray and everything being in HD, it's even trickier, but the makeup job for this film was not up to snuff. I know itís fake since they chose to age DiCaprio in the role instead of getting an older actor to portray Hoover in the later years, but it looks fake and on Blu-ray you can see the layers and layers of makeup caked onto the actors faces and for me, it was almost distracting.
It's not a bad movie by any means, but it's also not really that good either. That being said, if you like biographies or you're into history, J. EDGAR would probably be worth renting, but not necessarily worth owning, in my opinion.