March 24, 2005

The Aviator

OK, I can’t believe that Martin Scorsese didn’t get the Oscar for this one. Can’t believe that Leonardo DiCaprio also lost. I’ll just have to watch the winners and see whether they compare to The Aviator.

Quite frankly, The Aviator is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know anything about Howard Hughes till I watched it, and now it feels like I actually know the person. Leonardo plays the role perfectly, its hauntingly disturbing to see him repeat ‘The way of the future’ over and over.

The acting’s flawless throughout the movie. The directing rocks. I feel for Martin Scorsese, and know why so many people were rooting for him at the Oscars this year. This is just a brilliant movie.

And it’s also too damn beautiful too look at times. The scene when Howard Hughes is shooting the airborne battle sequence comes to mind. Actually, any secene near an aircraft is brilliant.

With all the eye candy going around, what you will remember from the movie a few years later is the story of a man battling his inner demons — and losing.

Then there is the score by Howard Shore, nowhere near LotR, but great nonetheless. I can’t get that tune out of my head right now.

Anyone who’s not seen this needs to go out and catch the first show available.

OK — in a weird co-incidence, today’s episode of The Simpsons pays homage to Howard Hughes as well.

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