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Movie: The Aviator

Updated on October 13, 2014

‘The Aviator’ is a biopic of multi-billionaire Horward Hughes, directed by Martin Scorcese. As a man who inherits a lot of money, the young and ambitious Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, came to Los Angeles to direct World War I aviation adventure movie titled Hell's Angels.

At first the film industry laughed at him, because the movie went on to become the most expensive movie ever made at that time. But, critic turns to praise as Hughes’ movie hit success and making a lot of money. He then went on to create more movies, and able to accumulate a very large number of money. However, the success didn’t satisfy Hughes. His attention drifted from film into aircraft, which is often featured in his movies. He began designing aircraft and eventually bought his own airline.

Not only movie and aircraft, Hughes also had special interest in women, especially the beautiful ones. This includes Jean Harlow (Gwen Stefani) and Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett). Hepburn loved the adventurous spirit of Hughes and they get married eventually.

However, as time goes by, Hughes’ ever increasing eccentricity made her love for him disappeared, and in the end Hepburn chose to be with actor Spencer Tracy instead. This affair hurt Hughes pretty bad, but he eventually found new love interests: first 15-year-old Faith Domergue (Kelli Garner), then actress Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale).

The movies critical points depict Hughes dispute with rival Pan Am airline chairman Juan Trippe (Alec Baldwin) and Senator Owen Brewster (Alan Alda) who wanted to introduce Commercial Airline Bill which will give Pan Am monopoly on air travel in the US, Hughes near fatal incident when conducting test flight with XF-11, and the success of the ‘flying boat’ H-4.

Leonardo DiCaprio provided ever excellent acting for portraying the eccentric Hughes. He got nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Blanchett won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her excellent portrayal of Katharine Hepburn. Miss Hepburn herself recorded as the most Oscar-winning actress who ironically never attended the Oscars. For whatever reason, many say she is an actress who is elegant yet arrogant.

Outside DiCaprio, Oscar-winner Blanchett, Alda and Baldwin, other casts such as Jude Law and Gwen Stefani arguably perform perfunctory in the movie.


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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      INdeed. Thanks for reviewing this important and terrific film!

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      rai2722 6 years ago

      Thanks for the vote up, PDX Guy!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      this was a great movie about an interesting man. Scorcese and DiCaprio at their finest! voted up!

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      rai2722 6 years ago

      *ethel: me too. great performance by dicaprio and blanchet.

      *manthy: thanks mate!

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Good review of a awesome film - I voted this up and awesome.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I really enjoyed this film.