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The Aviator
Academy Award® Winner
A biographical chronicle which charts the early years of famous tycoon, Howard Hughes (1905-1976), whose ecclectic career spanned across everything from oil, for which he cared little, to film,...  View more >

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale...  View more >

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Jan 8, 2005
Leoando DiCapiro gives another excellant performance in "The Aviator," which is directed by Martin Scorsese. DiCapiro is great as Howard Hughes, who first became a filmmaker than turn to aircraft. The story touch his life from 1930 when he got into feature films to 1947 when he piloted the Spuce Goose. Also in the film are the women in his life as well as the people who try to bring him down.

The film tells of his compuslive behavior which would be his downfall in the years to come. The movie is wonderful to watch and those who are into the early days of Hollywood won't be disapointed.
Jan 18, 2005
I didn\'t expect to like this, but it was very enjoyable.
Jan 30, 2005
Personally, I've never been the biggest fan of these long, drawn-out historical epics. "Titanic"? Crap. "Gangs of New York"? Interesting, but mostly because of Daniel Day-Lewis and the direction of Scorsese. Here, again, Scorsese manages to keep what could have otherwise been a flat-out bore interesting. He keeps the film moving at a frenetic pace, taking us through more than a decade in the life of Howard Hughes. The movie has plenty of great performances. Leonardo DiCaprio is very good (although he looks a little young. . .) and Cate Blanchett is a hoot. The movie does, however, neglect to let us know (or even hypothesize) as to WHY Hughes is so off-the-wall loopy by the end of the movie, and a few scenes (the "broken record" scenes) border on self-parody. Also, at nearly three hours, this movie is loooooooong, and it seems like we've seen the whole courtroom thing one too many times in these big Hollywood historical epics. So, Scorsese does a lot of interesting things, the cast is great, but the screenplay has its share of problems. *** out of 4

For anyone interested, here are my top 5 films from last year, many of which were neglected in the theaters and all but one of which are now on DVD:

1.) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-- Heartwarming and heartbreaking, hilarious and tearjerking, bizarre and yet easily the single most sincere movie in years, "Eternal Sunshine" succeeds on the strength of incredible performances from Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, as well as screenplay that treats its characters like people rather than playthings. Hands-down, no-doubt-about-it, the best movie of the year.

2.) Kill Bill, Vol. 2-- The second film in Tarantino's revenge epic is just as great as the first (arguably better). A return to the classic-cool Tarantino dialogue, great music, great action, and a spectacular, comeback-making performance from David Carradine make this a great ride. The last half hour gives perhaps the most twisted relationship since Cathy and Heathcliff.

3.) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow-- It is a CRIME that this movie was nominated for best special effects, art direction, AND production design. This film is, simply, beautiful. Filmed entirely against a green screen, it has the look of a 50's comic book come to life and the feel of an old B-movie blended with Indiana Jones. It's beautiful, it's fun, it's action-packed, and nobody saw it.

4.) The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou-- Wes Anderson has a certain subtle touch to his characters and humor that seems to bring out the best in Bill Murray. He gives a wry, cynical performance as the wisecracking Zissou, and is surrounded by the best ensemble of the year, bar none (even Ocean's 12 . . .). The characters are wonderfully weird, the special effects are beautiful and unique, and it even manages to jerk a few tears. Oh, and Willem Dafoe is insanely funny.

5.) Garden State-- Zack Braff of "Scrubs" wrote, directed, and stars in this fable about a struggling LA actor who returns home for his mother's funeral and finds love with Natalie Portman. Great performances all around, it's funny, touching, and uplifting. Also, best soundtrack ever.
Feb 5, 2005
Interesting but leaves you feeling incomplete.
Feb 12, 2005
The Aviator is very well done and captures the frantic, terrifying, yet genius life of Howard Hughs !!

The choice of de Caprio as Hughs is also genius as he portrays the man at his best in success and at his worst in personal inner darkness that haunts him.

The supporting cast also does a superb performance as they play well-known figures from a past era.

Wonderful ... exciting ... dramatic ... tearful at times ... movie !!!
Mar 4, 2005
It's not bad, but not to rush out to see either
Mar 21, 2005
Well done.
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