'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 explain his affairs with the hottest leading women of the time, Katherine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Jean Harlow. But Howard couldn't hang onto women, he wasn't just a A Type personality, he was A++++ Type.
Hughes was both a dreamer and a mover-and-shaker. The movie follows his life from his days producing movies to his contracts with the government for Constellation aircraft, his tragic crash, and the building and first flight of the Hercules (the infamous Spruce Goose). There wasn't anything that could stop Howard Hughes except his own disorders, OCD's that he frequently succumbed to and suffered from.
While many have mentioned the length of the movie, 170 minutes, time flew by for me as I watched it. 'The Aviator' doesn't have the feel of a long movie because I found it so interesting. There are no lags or drags in the storyline.
Worthy of mention is the absolutely spectacular performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. His performance is on the money and down to a T. The casting is superb, with Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, Alan Alda as Senator Ralph Owen Brewster, Ian Holm as Professor Fitz, Alec Baldwin as Juan Trippe, William Dafoe as Roland Sweet, Brent Spiner as Robert Gross, Jude Law as Errol Flynn, and Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow. Topping off the star-studded cast is director and epic film master Martin Scorsese.
The only downside would be a couple of editing mistakes and the fact that I could have watched more. A short piece on his tragic ending would have been a better follow up than ending the movie the way it did. 'The Aviator' is an interesting and beautiful journey through the triumphant and troubled life of one of America's most romantic figures. Don't miss the extras on the second CD, which hold a great deal of information on the real Howard Hughes. The two CD set is worth every penny. Enjoy!
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
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
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 … 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
I want to thank Everyone for welcoming me back! :) I'm here to stay folks, my sabbatical on writing reviews is over and I'll continue to review for Lunch. It's great to be back, too! Thanks again for … more
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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...