The true story of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes,
who single-handedly revolutionized modern air travel.
The Aviator (2004)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by John Logan
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, John C. Reilly,
Alan Alda, Kate Beckinsale, Matt Ross, Alec Baldwin,
Ian Holm, Danny Huston
Oscar Wins - Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett),
Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction,
Best Costume Design
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Alan Alda), Best Director,
Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing
The Aviator is arguably one of Scorsese's best films and possibly the best performance Leonardo DiCaprio has ever done (and that is saying something). The story of Howard Hughes is a difficult one to adapt, as you must show the man as well as the legend. This film did it perfectly.
Leo captured every one of Hughes's bizarre eccentricities beautifully, from his OCD to his extreme phobia of germs. His performance made this film so enjoyable, with the rest of the stellar cast turning in superb performances as well. I particularly enjoyed Cate Blanchett's role as Katharine Hepburn. She transformed into the famous actress with ease, so much so that it took me awhile to realize that it was actually Cate Blanchett.
It was surprising to see Alan Alda play a villain, but he did it so well. His conniving senator was such a terrible person and it was crazy how Hughes was nearly condemned for his life's work. The Aviator perfectly captures the spirit and mind of Howard Hughes, showing us the persevering soul who wanted nothing more than to conquer the sky.