I thought for sure I had this review up here, but can’t find it. So I hope this isn’t repeating on this blog.
The Aviator (2004). Ah, now here’s an interesting one. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the life story of Howard Hughes. The young Howard inherits his father’s tool company and fortune and wants to use his riches to make movies. But he also has a passion for tinkering with things. So he starts building airplanes (with the help of some loyal, talented friends). He makes a couple of really bizarre movies, sleeps with almost every starlet of the 1940s (like Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner) and builds an aviation empire called TWA. He keeps experimenting with planes and makes several innovations, and gets a lucrative government contract. Unfortunately he builds this massive plane that , by the time it’s done, the government can’t use so he became a sort of joke. He was also what we’d now call obsessive-compulsive. Everyone thinks of Hughes as a madman, but this…this is interesting! If you haven’t seen this one, it’s one of those, “how creativity can drive you mad” movies (which, *cough I have no interest in whatsoever *cough*evidencedbymynovelTheArtist’sInheritance*CoughCOUGH*. hehe. So, yes, I think the movie is very, very good. DiCaprio does a fine job here of acting Hughes exactly the way you’ve probably seen in the old videos of him; the actor even begins to look like the legendary money man in certain scenes. At any rate, it’s one of my favorite movies.
Here’s the trailer…
If you haven’t seen it, do. It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Blockbuster, and Netflix.