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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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.
The Aviator Quotes
|Howard Hughes:||You want to go to war with me?|
|Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:||It's not me, Howard. It's the United States Government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?|
|Noah Dietrich:||I've gotta tell you, the board over in Houston has been getting a little concerned about the cost of this operation out here.|
|Howard Hughes:||Ah! would you stop showing them the books, Noah?|
|Noah Dietrich:||That be illegal Howard|
|Howard Hughes:||Well, maybe it's a little naughty.|
|Katharine Hepburn:||I've been famous - for better or worse - for a long time now... I wonder if you know what that really means.|
|Howard Hughes:||Yeah, I got my fair share of press on Hell's Angels. I'm used to it.|
|Katharine Hepburn:||Are you? Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many acute angles. Too many eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks.|
|Howard Hughes:||Kate, they can't get in here. We're safe.|