He can play harrowing roles very well, drug addicts, people with mental problems and is a serious method actor.
After this his was only known for being a floppy haired pretty boy in some crappy films, totally lost his reputation.
Also coming next year is The Departed[/url], a Western remake of the Hong Kong series of movies called Infernal Affairs (Wu Jian Dao).
Anyway back on topic, The Aviator is an excellent movie, well acted through-out with a stunning support cast, a mesmerising performance by Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn and excellent performances from William Baldwin (Trippe), Gwen Stefani (Jean Harlow) and Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner).
The film was a touch on the long side and but didn’t really drag, it didn’t detract from this being a great movie. Probably due to the genius director Martin Scorsese, his classics such as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas are still watchable today.
The Aviator was framed to show the good sites of Howard Hughes as he was indeed a genius and a great man in many ways, most people would remember him as the dishevelled, long-fingernailed recluse stuck in his hotel room surrounded by tissues, but well he revolutionised Movies and Aviation and should be remembered for that..
The Hercules for example in some form is still in use by the military today.
DiCaprio and the film captures hughes as the genius, the paranoid, the obsessive, the womaniser, the film-maker and of course the aviator.
The film is beautifully cast, beautifully shot and beautifully directed, it tells the gripping story of a troubled dreamer who ignores advice and shoots for the stars, sometimes he falls..but he always carries on. It shows his troubled love-life, his fears of germs, the public, his deafness and many other elements of his life.
All in all it’s well worth watching.
I’d give it 8.5 out of 10.