Such a frustrating disappointment
A different way of telling a story
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
You can't go wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. These two men are gifted artists and living legends of cinema. The Aviator is probably their least exciting duo. Films like Shutter Island, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street are some of the best of the 21st century and are consistently gripping and explosive, while films like The Aviator and Gangs of New York are more subtle in their execution. DiCaprio, as always, is terrific in his portrayal of Howard Hughes. He doesn't just read his lines and try to mimic the real-life figure, but he engrosses himself in his performance. Scorsese does a good job direction g the film, but this one isn't one of his best in the long run. Goodfellas will always be number one, and compared to other hits, The Aviator isn't much to remember. it's a well-made, one-time see kind of film that drags out for an astonishingly long time and doesn't leave you wowed or engrossed for for. Nonetheless, you'll be reined for the entire three Horus that your viewing the work of two masters.
THE AVIATOR is a lengthy biopic directed by Martin Scorsese and covering the life and career of the notorious Howard Hughes, a Hollywood film producer and director and aviation expert. Leonardo DiCaprio bags the main role in an early grown-up star-making turn and does pretty well with it, although he did better in his next Scorsese film, THE DEPARTED. The film as a whole drags a bit and suffers from a surfeit of riches, with too many supporting actors playing famous faces and not all of them doing a very good job (I was cringing at Cate Blanchett's Hepburn portrayal, for example). The first half is by far the worst, a slow run through uninteresting romances and early film-making, but things pick up in the latter part with psychological depth and complexity and some decently-staged quiet tragedies. Scorsese's attempts to give the film an old-fashioned look which develops with the progression of the years is a clever angle, but those bad CGI planes come as an unwelcome surprise.
This movie is painful to sit through. It just drags and drags. Each time you think you are finally getting to the end it drags and drags again. There is no excuse for this movie to be this long as the events don't properly fill it. It is yet another di caprio movie that they feel they must drag on for almost three hours simply because he is in it. This is one of those movies that people pretend to like simply because it is a Martin Scorsese flick. I would give someone $100 if they were able to actually pay attention to this bore all the way through twice! Very unlikely.
The Story of Aviator Howard Hughes.Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale.Written by John Logan.Directed by Martin Scorsese.I can see why this movie has won so many Oscars. It has all the right ingredients. Great acting, great cinematography, great photography and it is undeniably and unreservedly a Martin Scorsese movie with all of his trademark style and artistry. It's one hell of a production which I'm sure had the Oscar Nominations Board purring and salivating non-stop round the clock.It is fascinating and it is an interesting watch but for me it's too long and a little bit boring. Just because a movie wins lots of Oscars doesn't necessarily mean it's an exciting movie and this fits into that category. It reminded me of Citizen Kane and I'd go as far as saying that it's basically the same kind of thing produced for a more modern audience. And that movie was pretty boring too.This is a film I can appreciate on many levels but it's lacking a decent hook and a good dollop of excitement.7.5/10 for the acting and production values.