For me, what makes a great biographical film (or bio-pic) is that it should not feel or seem like a bio-pic in the first place! Although there are some great bio-pics that go straight out saying, “I Am A Bio-Pic” these are usually the ones made on the lives of more famous personalities, some examples being “The Social Network” (Directed by David Fincher, based upon the life of Facebook Co-Founder, Mark Zuckerberg) or “Lawrence of Arabia” (By David Lean, based upon the life of T.E. Lawrence). However, many a times, it is the films that you don’t perhaps know are bio-pics, or the ones based upon the lives of the people who changed the world in their day, but now lie forgotten in the ravages of time. The Aviator too, is one such story brought to life, by Martin Scorsese.
Leonardo di Caprio’s filmography boasts of some of the greatest films of all time. However, in my humble opinion his performance in this film, is his finest till date. Portraying the American Film-Maker, Innovator and of course, Aviator Howard Hughes. For those who aren’t quite acquainted with this illustrious historical personality. You can call him the Tony Stark, of the 1930s.
Imagine one great actress from the modern age, portraying another great actress from the bygone days. Yes, Cate playing Kate. Katherine Hepburn one of the finest actresses to ever grace celluloid being portrayed by Cate Blachett who even won The Academy Award for this role. Katherine Hepburn’s independent and “fiery” spirit can be expressed with these words, which are her own, “If You Obey All The Rules, You Miss All The Fun!” Cate Blanchett perfectly captures that way of speaking, that body language with true grace!
Kate Beckinsale did a great job in the short role she has. She was almost un-recognizable from those awful vampire and other crazy creature movies.
Matt Ross, Alan Alda and Alec Baldwin deliver some stupendous performances, they increase the overall flavor of the film. I’d say the true hero of the film is Leonardo di Caprio, but no. Wondering if it’s Martin Scorsese? Martin Scorses who does a tremendous job or bringing this great project to life, who does complete justice to the brilliant script by John Logan is not the hero either. The people who truly steal the show are those working on the technical aspects. Everything from the music, to the production design, the costume, was perfect and truly gave the feel of a slick period film. Even the cinematography was breath taking and earned some well deserved Oscars!
Though the film is extremely well crafted and every moment on screen is filled with action, there are some scenes that are a bit disturbing. This can be noticed very well as the film takes a darker turn in the last hour.
In conclusion, “The Aviator” is simply a tale of a boy fulfilling his dreams, living his life as he dreamt. A corporate and a life lesson that stands will appeal to the audience of today as well…