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Martin Scorsese's epic biography about Howard Hughes is a very well made film that audiences will remember for a long time. The movie is really good when it comes to engaging the viewers, the production design, setting, costumes, etc. were absolutely breathtaking and Scorsese does a great job creating a world that the audience can be engaged in. The acting in this film is incredible especially from Leonardo DiCaprio who delivers an amazing and memorable performance and Hughes, but there are also many other actors who also steal the show such as Cate Blanchett who does a wonderful job as Kathrine Hepburn. John C. Riley, Jude Law, Alan Alda, and Alec Baldwin also all deliver great performances and, even though they all had smaller roles, they really help push the film forward and keep it entertaining. The film also has great cinematography and some really nice landscape shots, especially in the opening when they are in the desert. There is also some cool lighting like in the scenes when DiCaprio is in his projector room and the red light goes off while an image of a western film is playing over the wall in the background. The film also does a good job developing characters and making viewers feel for them. The film has some funny moments, some depressing moments, some disturbing/harrowing moments, and even some inspirational moments. I also really enjoyed the way the film was edited, there were many scenes where fast/short cuts and close-ups were placed together in a way that portrayed a part of the story that was happening really well. Take the bathroom scene for example where Hughes is washing his hands. The scene is edited so well that it shows how obsessive and isolated he is. When first writing this review, I was stuck between giving this movie 3 stars or 4 stars, as you can see I decided to give it 4 stars because the positives outway the negatives by a long shot. But this film is not perfect. Sometimes, more toward the middle of the movie, the film starts to drag and the plot seemed to get a little convoluted. Both of these things cleared up a little later in the film, but in the middle, I felt a little confused and bored. Another con to this film would be some of the aerial shots have not aged well and look cheesy today, but I can understand that this was made 15 years ago and I also understand that it must have looked good then, I'm just saying that today some of the shots look cheesy. But overall, The Aviator is a must-see film for any cinephile or anyone looking for a great film about a legendary filmmaker and pilot among other things.
In 1913 Houston, as eight-year-old Howard Hughes' mother gives him a bath and teaches him how to spell "quarantine", she warns him about the recent cholera outbreak in Houston: "You are not safe." Fourteen years later, he begins to direct his film Hell's Angels, and hires Noah Dietrich to manage the day-to-day operations of his business empire. After the release of The Jazz Singer, the first partially talking film, Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes obsessed with shooting his film realistically, and decides to convert the movie to a sound film. Despite the film being a hit, Hughes remains unsatisfied with the end result and orders the film to be recut after its Hollywood premiere. He becomes romantically involved with actress Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett), who helps to ease the symptoms of his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In 1935, Hughes test flies the H-1 Racer, pushing it to a new speed record, despite having to crash-land into a beet field when the aircraft runs out of fuel. Three years later, he breaks the world record by flying around the world in four days. He subsequently purchases majority interest in Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA). Juan Trippe (Alec Baldwin), company rival and chairman of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am), gets his crony, Senator Owen Brewster, to introduce the Community Airline Bill, which would give Pan Am exclusivity on international air travel. Hepburn grows tired of Hughes' eccentricity, and leaves him for fellow actor Spencer Tracy. Hughes quickly finds a new love interest with 15-year-old Faith Domergue, and later actress Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale). However, he still has feelings for Hepburn, and bribes a reporter to keep reports about her and the married Tracy out of the press. In the mid 1940s, Hughes contracts two projects with the Army Air Forces, one for a spy aircraft, and another for a troop transport unit for use in World War II. In 1947, with the H-4 Hercules flying boat still in construction, Hughes finishes the XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft and takes it for a test flight. However, one of the engines fails midflight, and the aircraft crashes in Beverly Hills, with Hughes getting severely injured. The army cancels its order for the H-4 Hercules, although Hughes still continues the development with his own money. Dietrich informs Hughes that he must choose between funding the airlines or his "flying boat". Hughes orders Dietrich to mortgage the TWA assets so he can continue the development. As his OCD worsens, Hughes becomes increasingly paranoid, planting microphones and tapping Gardner's phone lines to keep track of her, until she kicks him out of her house. The FBI searches his home for incriminating evidence of war profiteering, searching his possessions and, to his horror, tracking dirt through his house. Brewster privately offers to drop the charges if Hughes sells TWA to Trippe, but Hughes refuses. Hughes' OCD symptoms become extreme, and he retreats into an isolated "germ-free zone" for three months. Trippe has Brewster summon him for a Senate investigation, certain that Hughes will not show up...
Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus reads: "With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman. Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars out of four and described the film and its subject, Howard Hughes, in these terms: "What a sad man. What brief glory. What an enthralling film...There's a match here between Scorsese and his subject, perhaps because the director's own life journey allows him to see Howard Hughes with insight, sympathy – and, up to a point, with admiration. This is one of the year's best films." In his review for The Daily Telegraph, Sukhdev Sandhu praised Scorsese's direction, DiCaprio and the supporting cast but considered Beckinsale "miscast". Of the film, he said it is "a gorgeous tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood" even though it "tips the balance of spectacle versus substance in favour of the former." David T. Courtwright in The Journal of American History characterized The Aviator as a technically brilliant and emotionally disturbing film. According to him, the main achievement for Scorsese is that he managed to restore the name of Howard Hughes as a pioneer aviator.
Martin Scorsese´s biopic "The Aviator" about the enigma Howard Hughes has for sure an intriguing man as the focal point. It´s based on the 1993 non-fiction book Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham. The film portrays his life from 1927–1947 during which time Hughes became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). But, as I have said before biopics are always hard to fully like as you have no real idea of what really happened or not in many cases. Scorsese has managed to bring out a massive ensemble cast for this film with Leonardo DiCaprio, John C. Reilly, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Jude Law etc. With that said, I think that Leonardo is good as Howard Hughes, but the rest is so so in my opinion. Solid direction, editing and cinematography and that goes also for the production design and costumes. "The Aviator" is a great period piece in many ways with an intriguing and yet sad portrait of a genius and also a man succumbing to a severe obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. However, there´s something lacking I can´t put my finger on that makes "The Aviator" not as great as I could´ve been.
The film is brilliantly anchored by DiCaprio's performance but Scorsese's reliable direction is, as always, superb.
Leo in one of his most classic movies. Its long but arent those the best movies. As far as directing and imagery goes this is a must watch
This Scorsese directed Howard Hughes bio-pic is among my all time favorites. The scene with the cigarette girl in the night club only solidifies the swoon-worthiness of DiCaprio. Gwen Stefani as a Jean Harlow type movie starlet is pitch perfect and Alec Baldwin is always a pleasure to see. The luxurious cinematography and especially the tracking shots Scorscese is famous for along with the rich dialogue make this a delicious film to behold.
DiCaprio and Blanchett are suburb in this biopic by Director Martin Scorsese. From the airplane crashes that he survives to his Senate testimony that led to the political demise of the senator who called for special hearings against Howard Hughes, this film delivers.
The Aviator failed to catch my interest. The cast is outstanding but I was disappointed.
good performance but long and tiring.
it's really good ! leo nailed it ! no idea about how cate won an oscar ...... seriously?
An absolute Hollywood masterpiece! This movie does more than promote American entrepreneurship and risk, it also promotes aviation and adventure!