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Am I the only one who found this movie quite boring? I really love Scrosese's films, but this one isn't that great. The acting was good, but the story just wasn't really interesting for me. This is my least favorite Scorsese picture.
What an amazing cinematography, there's no Scorsese film that would dissapoint me neither does Leonardo di Caprio. Great cast, script and art photography. I think it does not have the recognition that deserves.
According to the biography The Aviator is adapted from, Howard Hughes was suffering from pretty extreme obsessive-compulsive disorder, which explains his sinking millions and millions into both movie and aviation projects that, due to what at the time would have been considered "eccentric perfectionism" (fueled by unlimited funds), very nearly destroyed him. We're in good hands with Scorsese, obviously, and he's assembled a stellar cast (even if I'm unimpressed in terms of likenesses - I never see Cate Blanchet as Katharine Hepburn, or any of the Hollywood celebs portrayed, really, and it's especially tough to tell the stars from the normals, when even small parts are being played by Jack Donaghy (sorry, Alec Baldwin) and Brent Spiner. It's a well put-together film (the plane crash is especially well rendered, and it didn't feel nearly three hours long), but it's still a bloated biopic (I always wonder if we really need ALL that biographical detail for the story to WORK). Its spectacle is perhaps even distracting. A lot of the aerial stuff looks cheesy and fake, and every time someone new shows up, you're thinking "OH, Jude Law, or Alan Alda, or freakin' Gwen Stafani is in this", which pulls you out of what truth can be taken away from it.
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This movie ranks #51 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #59 in BAFTA Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #107 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #120 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #407 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #444 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #803 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #905 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office