Movie Notes: The Aviator

May 13, 2008

The Aviator

4 stars = 4 stars

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
Directed by Martin Scorsese


Biopic of Howard Hughes, the reclusive airline tycoon, who moves from early failure to success while morphing into an obsessive-compulsive, paranoid recluse.

The Good

The Bad


The Aviator paints Howard Hughes as a peculiar guy and eccentric businessman, but I don’t really know why he did any of it and least of all, how or why he became a damaged recluse. Still, the film is worth seeing for its masterful direction and a stellar performance from Blanchett. I’d love to see a Hepburn biopic.

IMBD: The Aviator
Wikipedia: The Aviator
Rotten Tomatoes: The Aviator 88%


  1. Amanda says:

    “the movie evolves from somber sepia tones through awkward and then glorious color” I have to agree with you. It really makes the filme wonderful.
    A peculiar guy? Have you read/watched “Perfume – the history of a murderer” before? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is a peculiar guy :)


  2. webomatica says:

    Yeah, I did watch Perfume – I really didn't like it! I'm sure the book was
    much better.
    Yes, the character in that film was definitely a peculiar guy, so much so I
    wouldn't want to know him.

    Howard Hughes is similarly odd, but at least he dated movie stars…

  3. Ali says:

    One of the few movies where DiCaprio is a decent actor. I usually can't stand him but I liked his acting in this one!

  4. Jaques says:

    this movie may in fact be the worst movie ever made!!! HORRIBLE!!!! id rather shoot myself in the foot than watch this movie again…. way to long for anyone. suicidal!!!!

  5. Amy says:

    I agree with Jaques… this movie was indeed to long. Alhough i could of went for some more moments of leo in the bathroom washing his hands…. i consider myself a very intelligent movie critic and i am always right. everyone agrees with my opinion. I did not like this movie one bit!!!!

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