What I expected from Aviator was "Gangs of New York" in the sky. What I received from Aviator was my imagination at full throttle.
I have been blessed to lead a life where I had parents who introduced me to the classics of Hollywood since I was just old enough to crawl. Growing up, it was nothing to see Katherine Hepburn or Mickey Rooney, Dorris Day, or the Little Rascals on my tv set. What an incredible honor to be a part of the "revival" movement of the classics going on now. Thanks to our ol' pal dvd.
That being said, the importance of Aviator is two fold. It is an intimate portrait of Howard Hughes and his ever growing madness. Also it is a widerange panorama of Classic hollywood. As I sat on the couch as a child, do you think it crossed my mind that these hero's and comedians had lives and problems just like the rest of us? It is so easy to think so... well not so much now, thanks to the hungry media. A lot of stories about those times have been lost, and now thanks to Martin Scorsese's film, we now have a glimpse.
Leonardo DiCaprio, according to my research, has nailed the realization of Howard Hughes. What a terrific performance! Best of the year in my opinion. No one in my mind could have pulled it off as well. I was a teenager when Titanic came out, and just like most guys, I hated Leo. Number one reason? You guessed it, probably because you experienced it on one end of the stick or the other: Jealousy. Well, now that I have grown up and knocked the green out of my eyes I can see what an incredible actor he is. Most people fall back on "Whats eating Gilbert Grape" as his best performance. Well, yes, that was great, but not the best...anymore. (Check out "Gangs of New York" as well. The price of the 2 disc dvd has fallen dramatically, it has awesome sound and video qualities.)
Like I mentioned earlier, I have lived with the works or Katie Hepburn for a lifetime, so you can trust me when I say this: Cate Blanchett is Phe-nom-e-nal! The day someone gives a better performance, atleast personality wise, I will be a shocked individual. Even though some of the accounts in this film were very intimate, I don't think she would be upset. She was very candid in speaking her mind and letting people know what she thought. Then there's Mr Tracy...
Aviator is a great movie, tragic and epic. One day this film will be recognized, maybe the same way as Raging Bull, Wizard of Oz, or It's a Wonderful Life, as a great film that will grow over time. ~saos~
Howard Hughes was a brilliant man who helped society more then we realize sometimes. Though he was known for making violent (and at times smutty) films, Hughes main contribution to society was for his aviation skills. Though he may have intended to make his living as a major Hollywood director, during the filming of his World War II epic "Hell's Angels" he needed to make the planes move faster for that epic feel he was going for. In a move of keen observation, Hughes ended up with the fastest plain … more
Howard Hughes, this is your life - and what a life it was. This movie vividly portrays the life and times of one of the quirkiest, most reclusive men ever to inhabit the earth, warts and all, and while it answers a lot of questions, it raises a few of its own. Running a whopping 170 minutes - that's almost three hours! - it begins with a scene between Hughes as a child, and his mother, which ultimately leads to his developing a phobia about germs that would make Adrian Monk … more
'The Aviator' is a sweeping epic of a movie chronicling the earlier years of multi-millionaire and aviation genius Howard Hughes. Hughes was more than just a simply playboy millionaire, he was a risk-taker and a brilliantly gifted mind, but also a soul tortured by Obsessive-Compulsive disorders. The movie starts with Hughes's movie project, 'Hell's Angel's', the most expensive movie of its time. Hughes was into the movie business along with the aircraft business, which would … more
I'm not surprised that Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her supporting role, playing Katherine Hepburn, but I'm shocked that Leonardo DiCaprio did not win for his brilliant portrayal of Howard Hughes. With all Mr. Hughes's phobias and odd ways, portraying him must undoubtedly have been the ultimate challenge. This movie was great! It was awesome seeing the genius of Director Martin Scorsese "pulling" the best from his actors and from each scene. Everyone pulled together to … more
Reviews of THE AVIATOR seem to fall into three camps. Those who hate it because it rewrites history...I'll admit right here that I don't know enough about the "true" history of Hughes to comment on the accuracy of every detail. Others hate it because they find it boring or don't find Leonard DiCaprio credible as Howard Hughes. The third group likes the movie. That's the group I'm happily in. It is by no means the greatest epic ever made, but for me it hearkens back to the … more
Pros: Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett shine. Cons: Too short. The Bottom Line: At the end of The Aviator audience in our almost packed theater stood and clapped. There can be no higher complement. As a child I remember the name Howard Hughes as this vague echo bouncing around the periphery of our household. I didnt know much about the man only that he was larger then life, and then he was dead. He was one of the … more
Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR is a lavish spectacle of a motion picture that harks back to Hollywood's Golden Era in telling the story of Howard Hughes, one of 20th-century America's most pioneering and influential figures. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric billionaire, Scorsese's biopic concentrates on Hughes's life between the 1920s and '40s, when he made striking contributions to both the film and aviation industries. At only 25 years of age, Hughes directed the most expensive film ever made up to that point, HELL'S ANGELS (1930), which Scorsese gleefully recreates here in all its sprawling, audacious glory. At the same time, he became known as an unabashed playboy, bedding the likes of Jean Harlow (singer Gwen Stefani), Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and Katherine Hepburn (a brilliant Cate Blanchett). In the mid-'30s, he turned his attention to the aviation industry, where he quickly became world-renowned for shattering speed and distance records. He also continued to test the limits of fli...