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The Aviator
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Directed By
Martin Scorsese

Written By:
John Logan

Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Matt Ross, Kelli Garner, Frances Conroy, Brent Spiner, Stanley DeSantis, Edward Herrmann, Willem Dafoe, Kenneth Welsh, Jacob Davich, Amy Sloan, Sam Hennings, Rufus Wainwright, Arthur Holden, Loudon Wainwright III, Sebastian Tillinger, James Bradford, Joe Cobden, Alan Fawcett, David Purdham, Emma Campbell, Martha Wainwright, Vincent Laresca, Matt Holland, Al Vandecruys, James Rae, Meghan Elizabeth, Larry Kagele, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sivero

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The Aviator (2004)
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Movie Review by Ben
August 1st, 2005

The Aviator was released on my birthday in theaters last year, and after having seen it on DVD for free, I'm now quite glad I didn't spend the money on a big-screen viewing. While I'm no fan of Leo DiCaprio and I'm now even less interested in Howard Hughes' life, I will commend DiCaprio on a fine leading portrayal. That said, I can't give any other aspect of this film a thumbs-up.

Why, Mr. Scorsese, were you compelled to stretch such boring material into three hours? Wasn't Gangs of New York long enough? Unlike any of the three Lord of the Rings films (even the extended versions), it's safe to say half an hour could have been edited out of this one without losing a shred of momentum. Indeed, surprisingly weak editing nearly kills The Aviator, coupled with a slow script and some weak supporting roles. A few salvaging scenes materialize during these three hours, yet not nearly enough lend to the underlying plot itself.

What was really wrong with Howard Hughes? We catch a glimpse of his childhood for all of two minutes in the opening sequence, never to be further explained. Viewers loyal enough to tough it out to the end are treated only to one of the most abrupt and meaningless endings in recent movie history -- a final disappointment in an already blatantly unsatisfactory film. Million Dollar Baby may not have been the most uplifting picture of 2004, but it certainly deserved its Best Picture win over this mess.

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