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The Aviator 2004

Fast-paced biopic documenting the life of one of the most colourful Americans of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hughes, the son of a Texan inventor who dies and leaves him with a small fortune. Hughes moves to Los Angeles to become a Hollywood film producer and produces such classics as 'Hell's Angels', 'The Front Page' and 'Flying Leathernecks'.

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett
Runtime:
2 hours, 43 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett
Supporting actors Kate Beckinsale, Adam Scott, Kelli Garner, Alec Baldwin, Gwen Stefani, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Alan Alda, John C. Reilly, Matt Ross
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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I saw this movie, not really expecting it to live up to it's unpublicised hype as usually when a film gets the critics attention it is well made but boring. This movie gripped me from the start to the end and was without a doubt the best film I've seen in years. In fact, I would not go to the cinema for weeks after because I knew that nothing could live up to it. The portrayal of obsessive compulsive Hughes was matched by the obsessive compulsive filming. Look out for the colours being changed in the nightclub to emphasise the blue and red on the screen (including blue peas). Admire the Art Deco attention to detail even on stairwells and floors. I was all set to hate Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn but she was brilliant and very convincing - you forgot she was Cate. The time flew through this movie and I could happily have watched the rest of Hughes story. It inspired me to find out more about Howard Hughes and found some even more wonderful stories about him - I wanted more...
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I watched this film twice back to back , admittedly i had seen it at the cinema , and think it is better suited to a large screen showing , i thought Scorcese,s interpretation was brilliant , resonant of a "old style film " every scene has a purpose , basically to give you an insight into the genius of Howard Hughes , i dont think that is an exagerration as his combination of business acumen , vision,and sheer daring , must amount to genius .
he would override his best emgineers when insisting on some aspect of aeroplane design , he put his money where his mouth was , and when it came to putting his ideas to the test , he was the first one to take the plane for a test flight !
likewise in business he would morgatge his entire wealth on some businees venture .
the film also shows his ruthless streak with anyone that crossed him .
And then when all seemed invincible, his descent into madness .
For me such an examination of a fascinating life was simply gripping .
My favourite film of 2005
;-)
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Martin Scorsese's 2004 film of the varied life of Howard Hughes, the millionaire, aircraft designer and recluse, is an enjoyable film. Leonardo DiCaprio, surprisingly, is quite convincing, as is Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner but, for me, the star of the film is Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn. She has her unusual and distinctive voice and mannerisms off to perfection.

I do not know Hughes's story well enough to know whether it is true-to-ife and accurate but, as I do not watch films for historical accuracy, I am not concerned. It is a thoroughly enjoyable film and, should anyone win the Lottery, it is well worth watching this film shortly afterwards. He had all the money he needed and millions more but ...
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Every 3rd or 4th film by the marvellous director Martin Scorsese is an 'Epic' type of production - this is one of his more recent efforts, dating from 2004, and is dedicated to (try) and cover the life and times of the eccentric/reclusive, 'multifaceted', tycoon Howard Hughes (1905-1976).

On Blu-ray, everything is as sharp and vibrant as one could hope for to depict the wide variety of scenic surroundings and action shots/'machinery' associated with the earlier life of Hughes (as his later years were when he became a true recluse). The sound presentation is also very good, as it needs to be for what is often an active soundtrack.

Although it is now that I would normally want to give some detail about the film subject matter, I feel I have to cover more of my observations about the presentation 'early' as one factor is so significant.

and that is the colour palette used for the first 1/3 or so of the film.....

For me, I found the massively cyan-biased colouring of the picture utilised for such a large portion of the film (and especially as it is at the beginning) a HUGE turn-off; it is so OTT and distracting that it almost made me stop watching - the impression is that unpleasant. It is bad in the same way that the J.J. Abrams film 'Star Trek' is spoilt by the regular injection of false lens flare and light strobes/streaks - made worse as it is, unlike this film, never-ending...

I don't really care what justification Scorsese had for doing it (and apparently he explains his reasoning on the disc commentary), it is just so OTT it unnecessarily spoils things. I've included some screencaps to try and give some idea of my observation...
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Although it is over 2 hours and 40 minutes, it almost feels quite short because of what's not in the film. It doesn't explore Howard Hughes' relationship with Cary Grant, nor Jean Simmons' reaction to him making a pass at her. What it does do is explore his relationship with Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. There is also a good scene where he crashes on the rooftop of suburban houses in LA. It takes you through the painful process of descending at speed, the impact of crashing, the panic of trying to escape, and the terror of facing a ball of fire coming towards you. It's quite a good film, but I feel that there needs to be a film on Cary Grant and perhaps Bernard Herrmann as parts of the music sounded Herrmann-esque.
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