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The Aviator (2004) – Archive

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON JUNE 23, 2011

Rated: PG-13

2 hr 48 minBudget: $110 mil

Worldwide Gross:$213,741,459

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This is Leonardo DiCaprio’s best acting, hands down. I dare you to to show me a film where he is entrancing, engaged, and believable as this. We’ll actually I don’t dare you because I know I’m going to get that one person who’s out to prove me wrong. Nevertheless, at almost 3 hours runtime, The Aviator is an epic that soars on one man’s dream.

Buddy-buddies, DiCaprio and Scorsese (The Departed, Shutter Island) team-up leaves us with a masterpiece. Oh, I almost forgot the sleuth great actors that can also be found at one point or another; Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn (absolutely amazing), Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reily (his best role), Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law and the list goes on. Now if that isn’t star power then Mario isn’t going to save the princess. So, basically the movie is about Howard Hughes (DiCaprio), who is filthy rich and  struggling with severe OCD. His fearless and flamboyant attitude in public, is countered by his reserved, child-like manner behind closed doors. After he makes one of the most expensive movies ever made (if not the most), he turns to building an empire of planes. Hepburn, his love interest, matches him beat-for-beat in being eccentric and quirky. However, things turn awry when Howard becomes too famous. Check your bags for The Aviator and what you’ll find is a carefully crafted story with lead who is somewhat disturbed and extremely complex. The only reason this doesn’t get five stars is because it’s so long, I don’t know how many times I’m really going to want to pop in the DVD player.

★★★★1/2

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