The Aviator is a biography of Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his rise in aviation and the hardships he suffered. Whether is what with the women or the ticks he had about being clean all the time or just re-doing everything to make them perfection. He first started as just as a director for movies. It mainly follows his smash hit "Hell's Angels" which was the most expensive movie ever created (at it's time). But he soon starts to fall in love with aviation and starts to create planes and his new airline, Trans World Airlines.
While spending millions of dollars on the planes that either fell apart or didn't work, he had to battle with his mental illness, obsessive compulsive disorder. He had a real problem with being clean that had him washing his hands constantly and not touching anything dirty. There is one part in the movie where he was unable to open the bathroom door and waited for another person to enter so he could exit without touching the doorknob. There is another scene where Hughes puts tape in every corner of his house that is covered in germs and the only place he could stay in was places that didn't have any tape, the "germ free zone".
He was also battling Panam airlines for the control of the skies as Hughes puts it. He also had criticism for his work since his planes never worked and used millions of dollars to create them.
Howard Hughes, a mental illness, a famous director, an aviator, a survivor of a deadly plane crash, and a ladies man died in 1976.
The movie is fantastic. Martin Scorsese did a perfect job on The Aviator, especially with the planes for "Hell's Angels". Leonardo DiCaprio gave an amazing performance that gave him an Academy Award nomination. A truly perfect movie that is both dark and beautiful in their own ways.
***The Aviator was nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and won 5, one of them was Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett.***