The Aviator is the story of Howard Hughes, an eccentric tycoon who took an inherited tool company and made a fortune. Producing Hollywood blockbuster films outside the established studios was insufficient for Howard who then moved on to dominate the airline industry.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Hughes), Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn), Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner), John C. Reilly (Noah Dietrich), Alec Baldwin (Juan Trippe), Alan Alda (Sen. Brewster), Ian Holm (Fitz), Gwen Stefani (Jean Harlow), Jude Law (Errol Flynn), Danny Huston (Jack).
The Aviator starts off a bit slow and plods along quietly for the first half of the film. In the second half things get much more interesting as the eccentric nature of Howard is exposed in much more detail. With his fingers in many things, this part of the film moves along quickly. The only disappointment being some of the later achievements from his life are missing from the film, along with a good conclusion. The Spruce Goose flying lacked the closing impact of such a large life and was mildly disappointing.
Acting was good and entertaining throughout the film. DiCaprio did a nice job of bringing Howard to life and displaying his sometimes erratic behavior. Blanchett felt like she represented Hepburn well and fit the role nicely. Beckinsale, Reilly, Baldwin, and Alda were also well cast and did a nice job supporting, as did the rest of the crew.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done and felt large which fit the film very well. Effects, both physical and CGI, were nicely done throughout and the film had a good, authentic, quality feel. Dialogue was good and quite entertaining at times. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall The Aviator is an enjoyable biographical drama that takes a nice look at the life of Howard Hughes. At 170 minutes runtime make sure you block out enough time for this one. Once the film gets going you won’t want to wait to see the rest of it.
With some nudity, sexuality, mild violence, foul language, and traumatic scenes this should be fine for teens and above.
The Aviator is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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