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But let's not sell this movie short. Swank is perfectly cast, not only because her physical appearance is stunningly similar to Earhart's, but also because she gives yet another wonderful performance. We see a brave, determined, and sometimes stubborn woman who wanted to pave the way for other female pilots. Granted, we pretty much already knew this; numerous written accounts, some written by Earhart, cemented our perceptions of her a long time ago. Still, it's always a pleasure to see an actor taking someone else's qualities, mimicking them, and making the audience believe them. Swank has that kind of power, as she already demonstrated in films like "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby." We see her as Earhart and invest in every smile, every laugh, and every line of dialogue.Read more ›
I quite liked it.
Yes, it's slow. Yes, it lacks car explosions. (Or even many plane explosions.) Yes, it lacks zippy editing, no fancy crosscuts or funny camera angles or dream sequences.
Mostly, it moves chronologically--in the frame of a major flashback while flying.
But it has a lot of heart. Earhart seems to have been a solo, a dreamer, and mainly attached to exploration. So her emotions for people take a while to build. You actually see this process in the movie, and you see the struggle it causes her.
You can also see her growing (but never perfect) self-confidence.
The relationship with G. P. Putnam is handled superbly. Clearly, he loved her more than she loved him, and for her he was a friend who wanted exclusiveness--a difficult thing in a friend.
Her espousal of feminism is perfectly tuned. She is a person who disregards convention, so why should conventions hold back other women?
And at the end, her final flight is truly magnificent and touching. You can see her sense of betrayal--by equipment, by her own powers, even by the natural world she loves.
The film begins where it ends -with scenes from the air as Amelia (Hilary Swank) is on her doomed attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 at age 40. She is accompanied by navigation expert Fred Noonan (Christopher Eccleston), passing notes to each other as they progress along the flight. The film cuts back and forth between 1928 when Amelia successfully flew across the Atlantic as the first woman passenger (the pilots are played well by Joe Anderson and Aaron Abrams), dawdles in the time of her success to marry her PR/publisher man George Putnam (Richard Gere), back in the air for more scenes form the 1937 flight, then back on ground as she prepares for and successfully flies across the Atlantic to Ireland. She meets and has an affair with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor), is constantly before the public selling lines of Amelia Earhart merchandise arranged by Putnam to finance her obsession with flying, and finally we see her board the Electra that she will successfully fly around a great portion of the air above the earth only to crash into the Pacific, never to be found.Read more ›
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This movie is so boring, literally my entire family fell asleep while we were having a movie night and tried to watch this.Published 2 months ago by Ashlee
Bought for my Mom for Mother's Day. (she requested) She is excited to see it.Great Price Free Shipping. Received Quickly.Published 2 months ago by kat
Good story, good acting, sometimes true stories are always not as entertaining as fictional accounts. Worth the bucks but lacked something in the plot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by OJC
A totally wonderful story about Amelia, Hilary Swank did an excellent job portraying AmeliaPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good movie, captures the essence of Amelia, her determination the pressures brought upon her by George Putnam and how the last flight took on a life of it's own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William G. Bender