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An epic biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920's to the mid-1940's.
From Hollywood's legendary Cocoanut Grove to the pioneering conquest of the wild blue yonder, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator celebrates old-school filmmaking at its finest. We say "old school" only because Scorsese's love of golden-age Hollywood is evident in his approach to his subject--Howard Hughes in his prime (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in his)--and especially in his technical mastery of the medium reflecting his love for classical filmmaking of the studio era. Even when he's using state-of-the-art digital trickery for the film's exciting flight scenes (including one of the most spectacular crashes ever filmed), Scorsese's meticulous attention to art direction and costume design suggests an impassioned pursuit of craftsmanship from a bygone era; every frame seems to glow with gilded detail. And while DiCaprio bears little physical resemblance to Hughes during the film's 20-year span (late 1920s to late '40s), he efficiently captures the eccentric millionaire's golden-boy essence, and his tragic descent into obsessive-compulsive seclusion. Bolstered by Cate Blanchett's uncannily accurate portrayal of Katharine Hepburn as Hughes' most beloved lover, The Aviator is easily Scorsese's most accessible film, inviting mainstream popularity without compromising Scorsese's artistic reputation. As compelling crowd-pleasers go, it's a class act from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon
Have watched this a number of times and always enjoy seeing it. The flying is great and of course the acting is the best.Published 7 days ago by S. Miller
Enthralling. One of DiCaprio's best films, and Cate Blanchett is phenomenal. Even though he has a short screen time presence, Alan Alda is incredible.Published 7 days ago by M. G.
“The Aviator” is an informative and exciting movie. The movie displayed Hughes’ accomplishments in an interesting and entertaining way. Read morePublished 8 days ago by J Smart
Lost interest halfway through. The acting is not the best and the story just never drew me in. I don't think I will watch the rest.Published 9 days ago by Mark A. Hardt
The woman playing Katherine Hepburn was awful, it sounded like someone doing a bad impression.Published 10 days ago by Darren T. Mcintyre
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Same thing happens with my copy, and I plan to exchange it. When I try to play the commentary instead of the commentary being activated, the subtitles are activated instead. Some forums discuss the content of the commentary in detail, so this is not a problem with every copy.
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