The Aviator

Dan Movie Reviews

Saw The Aviator with John tonight. I have to say, this 3-hour long movie was definitely one of the best films of the year, hands down. Directed by Martin Scorsese (who would definitely deserve any award given him), this bio-pic stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the legendary Howard Hughes.

Leo does a pretty good job as Hughes, and his neurotic hypochondria is portrayed exceptionally well. I think he might have been just a tad young to play the role, but he did a great job. Even better than him, though, is Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn. She managed to catch every nuance that I can recall Hepburn having – from the way she smiled, to the way she crosses her arms. It was definitely an Oscar worthy performance.

This was one of the few films that Scorsese took advantage of some “obvious” visual effect shots. From the filming of Hell’s Angels to the trial run of the Spruce Goose, the effects were good, but quite obviously effects. The score by Howard Shore was also very good – one of the best of the year – but it never really had a dramatic emotional thread. Still, it worked very well, mixed in with the different songs, which Scorsese is known for doing well.

Overall, The Aviator shows only a slice of Hughe’s life, but it’s an interesting view of a man who, at the end of his life, turned into a recluse. This is definitely one of the best films of the year, and you should go check it out.