THE AVI­A­TOR (2004) GEM, 8.40PM, M, BI­O­GRAPH­I­CAL

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

In pre­sent­ing the tu­mul­tuous glory years of Texan air­line ty­coon and dash­ing Hol­ly­wood play­boy Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), Martin Scors­ese sets the con­trols for ex­cite­ment, per­haps over­shoot­ing the run­way a tad. Guided by a typ­i­cally in­dus­tri­ous screen­play by John Lo­gan ( Glad­i­a­tor), the movie swoops across the more glamorous pe­riod of the thrillseek­ing avi­a­tor’s life, from the glit­ter­ing 1920s to the more deca­dent 1940s. DiCaprio is con­vinc­ing in his de­pic­tion of Hughes as a vi­brant, com­plex, myth­i­cal char­ac­ter, and he is well com­ple­mented by an Os­car-win­ning Cate Blanchett (above with DiCaprio) as Katharine Hep­burn. ★★★✩

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