The Aviator is a Martin Scorcese film that follows Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, an eccentric millionaire, a pioneer in the aviation industry, and the director of films such as Hell’s Angels (1930). Howard Hughes was mentally ill, dealing with paranoia and OCD. Leo portrayed his illnesses perfectly, it felt very real and beautiful and sad.
I watched The Aviator a few days before watching Adam’s Rib, and although I knew who she was through reading about her, I had never seen Katharine Hepburn act or in any interview. When I watched this movie I found Cate Blanchett’s portrayal ridiculously over the top – I mean seriously, no one speaks like that. I’m an idiot. Katharine Hepburn speaks like that. She had a mid-Atlantic accent, which was invented purely for acting and the upperclass as a hybrid of an American and British accent – but thankfully it died off after World War II. Her portrayal was absolutely spot on, and no wonder she won the Oscar.
Apparently, the first day that Cate Blanchett arrived on set, was the day that Katharine Hepburn passed away!
The Aviator also features many well known actors playing famous people such as Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow, Jude Law as Errol Flynn, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, Alec Baldwin as Juan Trippe (the best name for someone involved in the transport industry by far!), John C Reilly as Noah Dietrich, Alan Alda as Owen Brewster and Edward Herrmann as Joseph Breen.
The film was beautifully shot, a wonderful homage to classic cinema. Obviously it was a really good movie, and I can barely believe I hadn’t watched it before.