Year of Release: 2004
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Approx. Running Time: 170 minutes
My Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"The Best Picture Of The Year! Filmmaking On A Grand And Rare Scale."
Richard Schickel, TIME
One of the 20th century's most compelling figures, Howard Hughes was a wily industrialist, glamorous movie producer and unstoppable American innovator - but he thought of himself first and foremost as an aviator. In this spectacular epic, director Martin Scorsese focuses on the most prolific period in the life of Hughes (played by Best Actor Golden Globe Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio): the mid-1920s through the 1940s. It was a time of brilliant aeronautical invention, turbulent love affairs (including one with Katherine Hepburn, played by Cate Blanchett) and savage corporate battles. Prepare yourself for the ride of the lifetime of this billionaire, genius, madman.
There are, of course, many who complain that there are too many historical inaccuracies in this film. But, I say again, why does it matter? This isn't a documentary, people, it's a Hollywood movie! Of course they're going to take creative liberties with the piece. It's not meant to be educational, it's meant to be entertaining.
In any case, the acting, direction, and general atmosphere of the film is spectacular. It's filled with equal parts glamour and paranoia, with a nice helping of wit thrown on top.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)