8:00 PM, 18th May, 2005
With an accomplished supporting cast, one of the most famed directors of the past 30 years and a story based on one of the most interesting lives of our time, this film was always going to be one to see. And it's lived up to the hype.
Beautifully photographed by Robert Richardson (Kill Bill), The Aviator is a biopic based on the turbulent life of director, aviator, entrepreneur and playboy Howard Hughes. Concentrating on his early life, before the descent into a hermit's existence where his eccentricities and inner demons eventually led him, this is the story of a heavily conflicted genius struggling to find a place in the world.
Of course in a film of this nature much is going to fall on the shoulders of the lead actor. Thankfully, under Scorsese's direction, Di Caprio puts in a wonderful performance - the kind we've known he's capable of since What's Eating Gilbert Grape but which was so tragically missing in much of his recent work.
By the time the film screens I'm sure you won't need much convincing - it will probably have already won 5 Academy Awards. Come along and see why.