Movie Review: The Aviator (E)

Plot Outline:

The movie traces the life of millionaire movie moghul and aviator Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his late teens to his early forties. Set in the 1930’s and 40’s, the movie depicts the protagonist’s mindset as he romances Hollywood’s babes Katherine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale) and his wild planes with equal zest.

Scorsese makes a great effort to portray a crazy genius in the best possible way anyone could. Although a lot of my friends who’ve seen this movie say that ‘emotion’ is missing in this movie in a big way, I prefer to say that Hughes was a character about whom there is very little in the public domain, especially about his childhood and old-age. Further, it is extremely difficult to portray someone’s thought process, something as wild as Hughes’ with accuracy and emotion. I would say that, within the given constraints, Scorsese has made his best.

The Five Oscars that the movie got are really well deserved. In fact, I would say that Aviator deserved better than Million Dollar Baby. By saying this, I mean that Underdog-winner concepts have always struck the sentimental chord. It would be pertinent to recollect the success of movies such as Seabiscuit, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, etc. Caprio has rendered a brilliant performance which has been under-rated by many. Other stars did a great job too. Blanchett had the meatiest role of all.

Rating: 4.5/5 – Must Watch