A look at the life of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank).... More
After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart - the legendary "goddess of light," known for her larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, she never gave up filrting with danger. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world.
Amelia chronicles these events, as well as the other loves of her life: husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam (Richard Gere) and long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor).Hide
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BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
Watching this bland biopic of Amelia Earhart’s life you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all blue skies, at least until her round-the-world odyssey went awry and she disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. Most of the film focuses on her achievements: becoming the first to fly solo across the Atlantic, a hesitant hero and best-selling author. But there’s little to reveal what made her tick, apart from the obvious, cue some lovely cinematography from the cockpit. Yes we learn she was a free spirit who made her home in the sky rather than her husband’s bed. We see she found the nature of her fame superficial and difficult to deal with.... More
But Hilary Swank’s competent performance is let down by a script that doesn’t always ring true. “Flying lets me move in three dimensions,” she says, at which point you have to wonder what two-dimensional world the rest of us move in. Earhart’s inner life barely gets a look-in – her famous dalliances with the same sex warrant a one-liner and a glance at a woman with good legs.
The film’s best moments are when things go wrong. Director Mira Nair ratchets up the tension as Earhart struggles to find her way on the biggest flight of her life. It’s in those moments, high above the never-ending ocean we get a glimpse of the guts it took to be Amelia Earhart. The rest is as flat as a school history lesson.Hide
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BY Brian1 superstar
Slight disagreement with the "Flicks" review. I thought this was a good movie, showing how some with the drive to achieve or win, usually have other frailties, but their sense of drive over-rides all. In Amelia's case, a balance in her personal life arrived too late.
Some history, some personality and some ambition.