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AVIATOR, THE

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michael_summers@fortwaynereader.com

Fort Wayne Reader

2005-01-24


Other films have drawn much more from his life, and seem "Scorsesean," but "The Aviator" is the most delectably entertaining movie Martin Scorsese has made. Even in a few sags, we can enjoy the cocky swing and creamy rush of Scorsese's take on Howard Hughes (as acted by Leonardo DiCaprio). A fabled movie maniac, Scorsese adores the young Hughes as Hollywood wildcatter and his amateurish, "visionary" plunge into the business. Old news footage and film clips merge into gorgeously edited re-creations of the era, the color often imitating early color processes. The best scenes are of Howard's affair with Katharine Hepburn. DiCaprio is terrific with Cate Blanchett, who is completely enticing and credible as Hepburn (Blanchett could win the first Oscar for playing an actor who won an Oscar). Now, treating an eccentric genius in astonishing times, Scorsese at 62 has relaxed into his most supple work in years. "The Aviator" flies - as Hughes would say, it has flush rivets.

A Miramax Films release. Director: Martin Scorsese. Writer: John Logan. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Kate Beckinsale, Ian Holm, Alan Alda, Gwen Stefani and Danny Huston. Running time: 2 hr., 20 min. Rated PG-13.

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