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Amelia

2009 motion picture starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere

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"Amelia" Flies High!

  • Oct 27, 2009
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Hilary Swank sure knows how to pick her roles.  From Million Dollar Baby and now with Amelia, she just keeps going.  There is no doubt that this film will be nominated for an Academy Award in a few months as Mira Nair truly captures the essence of Amelia Earhart.  While the world remembers Ms. Earhart for her record breaking flights and the mystery surrounding her famous disappearance during her final flight around the world, Amelia tells the rest of her story; about her passion, about her life and about her many achievements.  After seeing the film, a lot of people talked about how they didn't really know who Amelia Earhart was, but after seeing the movie, had a better understanding of her as a person which is exactly what Mira Nair set out to do with this film.

Instead of focusing on Earhart's final flight, Amelia instead tells the story of about the woman who was Amelia Earhart.  From coming up wealthy with an alcoholic father who happened to have a passion for flying, to becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.  Amelia also focuses on her marriage to George Putnam (Richard Gere) and her passion for not wanting to live a monogamous life.  This part  of Earhart's life was focused on heavily in the film as her "affair" with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor) is frequented throughout the movie.  Amelia also focuses on many of Earhart's achievements in flying which is why this film was able to hold up with all of the story that was told throughout the film. 

While Amelia was a fantastic film, it sometimes got lost in all of the story the it was trying to tell which made for some really long scenes.  Amelia is a two hour film that felt more like three and while some people won't mind sitting through a movie that long, it doesn't cater to everyone.  Some scenes could have very easily been cut down, not cut completely, but shortened up a bit.  Luckily, the rest of the film holds up with some amazing directing and cinematography.  There was a scene that especially was well done when Earhart is flying over the Atlantic and a bad storm begins to build up.  Director Mira Nair does an incredible job capturing the fear that Earhart must of had flying threw this storm along with that brush of adrenaline and excitement.  Of course, she had a little help from Hilary Swank.

Hilary Swank did what not a lot of actors can do with her portrayal of Amelia Earhart, she became the legend.  While watching this film, it was truly like watching Amelia tell her own story.  From the freckles on her face (which don't belong to Hilary Swank) to every little mannerism, it was like Amelia Earhart was alive again on the screen.  While not being entirely sure how Earhart spoke before seeing the film, Swank's accent work was amazing as well.  She was also backed up by a rich cast of co-stars including Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor and Cherry Jones.  Gere was fantastic as George Putnam, maybe however a touch reminiscent of Billy Flynn from Chicago.  The real star of this film though is obviously Hilary Swank and the way in which she brought such an iconic legend to the silver screen.  Don't be surprised when she gets a best actress nod next year at the Academy Awards.

For people who want to get to know exactly who Amelia Earhart was, this is a fantastic film.  Even if you know some of her history, Amelia is a nice refresher for historians and film goers alike.  Some biopics get lost in the wake of bigger films, but Amelia Earhart's story is such a legend, that people will definitely be flocking to go see this incredible film.  Be prepared though for some long scenes and don't expect the Amelia to feel like two hours cause it felt like a lot more.  Hilary Swank will truly blow you away though as Amelia gets a 4/5!

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November 02, 2009
I think I'll catch it on DVD instead. The beauty of DVD is one can forward the slower parts of a movie ;-) Sounds like a great movie though. Thanks!
 
October 27, 2009
great review. I still have to see this, (I went to see the utterly controversial ANTICHRIST instead last weekend) and I agree Hilary Swank does know how to pick her roles...well, except for The Core and "The Reaping", but she made those movies bearable. But given the right role, the right director Hilary Swank truly shines!!
 
October 27, 2009
Nice review.  I enjoyed this film as well.  I learned a lot of the history surrounding Amelia that I was not aware of.  Figure this film will do extremely well when released on DVD.
 
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and Richard Gere star in director Mira Nair's biopic tracing the life of famed aviator Amelia Earhart -- who made history in 1932 by becoming the first woman ever to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Five years later, as Earhart attempted to fly around the world, the pilot and her plane simply vanished after crashing into the Pacific Ocean. Virginia Madsen and Ewan McGregor co-star in the Avalon Pictures production. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Director: Mira Nair
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 24, 2009
Runtime: 111 minutes
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