A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
|Release Date||:||December 17, 2004|
|Production Company||:||Miramax Films, Appian Way, Forward Pass, Cappa Productions, Warner Bros., Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG, Mel's Cite du Cinema|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Martin Scorsese, Martha Pinson, Joseph P. Reidy, John Trujillo|
|Casts||:||Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Jude Law, Kelli Garner, Danny Huston, Brent Spiner, Willem Dafoe, Gwen Stefani, Adam Scott, Matt Ross, Frances Conroy, Stanley DeSantis, Keith Campbell, Amy Sloan, Kevin O'Rourke, Nellie Sciutto, Edward Herrmann, Kenneth Welsh, J.C. MacKenzie, Jacob Davich, Sam Hennings, Vince Giordano, Jason Cavalier, Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright, Al Dubois, John Koensgen, Harry Standjofski, Josie Maran, Joe Chrest, Justin Shilton, Arthur Holden, Joseph P. Reidy, Stéphane Demers, Yves Jacques, Chris Ufland, Sebastian Tillinger, James Bradford, Francesca Scorsese, Alan Toy, Joe Cobden, Linda Smith, David Purdham, Alan Fawcett, Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Emma Campbell, Vincent Laresca, Matt Holland, Dennis St John, Al Vandecruys, James Rae, Kathleen McAuliffe, Terry Haig, Danielle Franke, Meghan Elizabeth, Elizabeth DeCicco, Elisa Dyann, Isabelle Champeau, Al Coronel|
|Plot Keywords||:||ladykiller, pilot, biography, womanizer, aviation, phobia, u.s. congress, flying boat, test flight|
There is no doubt that THE AVIATOR is the masterpiece of both director Martin Scorsese and actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio becomes Howard Hughes. The actor is so profoundly absorbed in the role that the DiCaprio we know from other films cannot be found in this film. It is a bravura performance of great depth and magnitude. DiCaprio richly deserves his first Academy Award.
I have never know much about Howard Hughes. This film opened my eyes to him as a personality, a businessman, aviator and his lavish lifestyle. DiCaprio no longer is the "pretty boy" from other films. The expressions he takes on are not handsome, the deeply furrowed brow, one could actually watch him, as Hughes' character, think his way through challenging situations, the mark of a highly gifted actor. Watching DiCaprio evolve into the paranoid schizophrenic Hughes in the latter part of the film is a stunning example of pure acting. Leo deserves recognition for recreating a most difficult personality.
Though the film is long, it never slows down nor gets boring and it commanded my attention from start to finish. It is masterpiece cinema for these two men and for other actors too. Cate Blanchette must be commended for her role as Katherine Hepburn. Every role was played by first rate actors.
If you want to understand a piece of American history from the 30s through the 1940s, this film will illumine you. It may not be the greatest film ever made but it sure is cinema to the max and worth seeing, without a second thought.