The Aviator (2004)
Critic Consensus: With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman.
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as Howard Hughes
as Katharine Hepburn
as Ava Gardner
as Noah Dietrich
as Juan Trippe
as Professor Fitz
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as Jack Frye
as Jean Harlow
as Errol Flynn
as Johnny Meyer
as Glenn Odekirk
as Faith Domergue
as Mrs. Hepburn
as Robert Gross
as Joseph Breen
as Roland Sweet
as Allene Hughes
as Dr. Hepburn
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Critic Reviews for The Aviator
This handsome movie is an oddly well-behaved one to come from the preternaturally energetic Scorsese.
This almost-great epic has one foot in legend: it's a vision of an American titan that could have sprung from the insides of Hughes's own obsessive, perfectionist head.
Despite a pacy, technically brilliant but otherwise slightly ordinary first half-hour or so, Scorsese's Howard Hughes movie is his best since The Age of Innocence.
It's a measure of The Aviator's complexity and ambiguity that it can be read equally as a celebration of rugged, capitalist individualism and as a leftist critique of cutthroat free-market competition.
Its primary appeal is its speed: It rushes along, from scandal to air crash to movie romance to Senate hearing, each anecdote well realized but never tarried over.
Audience Reviews for The Aviator
Scorsese and DiCaprio make a formidable duo in this intricate biopic. The Aviator puts together Scorsese's masterful and colorful direction along with DiCaprio's career-defining performance to make for a classical film. 4/5
It's quite a good performance by DiCaprio but overall the film is not that compelling and, unfortunately, is too long.
An interesting biopic well-acted by DiCaprio. Nothing very bold about the film but it is well shot.
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