Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Aviator

I watched The Aviator (2004) for the first time around two years ago, when I had my infatuation with everything Golden Age of Hollywood. Then I watched it again last year andd fell in love with it, mainly because of the brilliant performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. Everytime I watch this it's like watching a new's like something has changed, but it hasn't really changed at all. I guess the more mature I get, the more I understand this movie.
The Aviator follows the life of aviator, film director/producer and millionaire Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) between the 1920's and 40's. He was a man obsessed with perfection, liked evrything to be clean and was a tad wee deaf. He also knew how to spend his money. Through this period of his life he had turbulent love affairs with Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), which ended without marriage. And theen there was the court case of his over spending...
Well, this movie is a masterpiece. I mean, it is directed by Martin Scorsese, so what would you expect? Everything about this movie is perfect, it's like Howard Hughes himself might have made it. The performances by Leo and Cate Blanchett are the real shiners here. They both take their roles and transform them into something of their own, while being true to the people they are playing. This is what you call cinema: mental problems, film-making, flying, everything.

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