by Jennifer Keenan
To say this is a great film full of great performances would be an understatement. In arguably the best performance of his career to date, Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead. Completely exposing himself, DiCaprio reveals to us a passionate, inventive, fearless, yet chronically phobic Hughes.
Cate Blanchett shines as the late great Katherine Hepburn. Her uncanny performance alone would be reason enough to watch this movie. Anyone who has had any exposure to Hepburn will simply be blown away by her accurate portrayal.
Actress Kate Beckingsale plays Ava Gardner, another love of Hughes. Aviator is full of notable supporting performances and celebrity cameos. Alan Alda is in top form, as are John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law and Willem Dafoe, just to name a few. Rocker Gwen Stefani makes her film debut as the sexy platinum-haired Jean Harlow.
But perhaps the greatest performance Aviator offers is that of the director, Martin Scorsese. Proving yet again to be one of the master filmmakers of all time, Scorsese manages to bring out the best in not only his cast, but in cinematography, sound, editing, costume and set design. He blends their collective talents into an epic motion picture destined to become a classic for generations to come.
What would a great film be without great special features? This two-disc DVD offers the usual commentary, deleted scenes and “making of” featurettes that most movies have. However, when it comes to special features, Aviator soars high above the usual fare. Basically anything you ever wanted to know about is covered in a featurette. Production design, costuming, hair, make-up, score, soundtrack, a Howard Hughes bio – you name it, you’ll find it. There is even an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Panel Discussion with DiCaprio, Scorsese and Howard Hughes’ widow, Terry Moore.
So whether it’s the old Hollywood glamour you’re attracted to, Hughes’ tragic tale, or the technical mastery of filmmaking, The Aviator is well worth the short trip to the video store. In fact this DVD is definitely one worth buying.
Drama 2004, Rated PG, Approx. 170 min
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Jennifer Keenan loves the movies. From big Hollywood productions to smaller independent films, she memorises every line of her favourite characters, remembers every detail from her favourite scenes. But the role Jennifer enjoys playing best is being a stay-at-home mom for her three children. If you would like to request a particular DVD for Jennifer to review, email your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org