The Aviator, a movie review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

2hrs50mins (2004) Biography, drama

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Howard Hughes: Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!

One of the reasons why Martin Scorsese is one of the best directors of all time that does long movies. Curious having the DVD, this $110 million budget movie successfully made over 200 million dollars at the box office. Among other relevant historical and fictional elements of this film, I am certainly glad I did.

One of the rare movies that I had not seen in the first half of the 2000s, this movie is based on the 1993 non-fiction book Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham. Portraying the real-life moviemaker/aviator’s life between 1927-1947, Leonardo DiCaprio gives a believable performance as in a character point. Playing Howard young to old, the historical references and DiCaprio were a perfect choice.

Consistency is implemented out rough this period piece. Delivering a setting, for cinematic scenes to be developed in unique ways, you also get everything flowing to keep you engaged for this considered long movie. A mid-range burn, with a lot of memorable dialogues in between.

Trivia facts about this movie:

  • According to Martin Scorsese, filming was completed in ninety-one days.
  • The only Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio film rated PG-13.
  • Included amongst the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
  • The Marvel Comics character Tony Stark, portrayed famously by Robert Downey, Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was based heavily on Howard Hughes.
  • So much more right here >

A masterpiece from Leo, but not Martin Scorsese’s most know movies. In my opinion, this movie is highly underrated. The pure dramatic tone gave the presentation of Howard’s mind dealing with supportive character’s conflicts. Visually impressive for its time, the colour palletes in this polished movie leaves you with a good taste in your mouth.


Howard Hughes: I want ten chocolate chip cookies. Medium chips. None too close to the outside.

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