December 31, 2004

The Aviator

Well told story of a tragic life. Hughes's mental illnesses drove him to overachieve. At the same time, he was barely socially high-functioning. All this guy needed was a doctor and some Paxil, in an age where obsessive / compulsive, borderline schizophrenia is called "eccentric". Scorsese makes us feel as paranoid and trapped as Hughes did. Really good performances from DiCaprio and Blanchett, fantastic cinematography, editing, hair, makeup, and incidental music.
Church St, Harvard Square
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