Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009

Amelia (2009)
Well, Mira Nair at least made a very pretty movie. The aerial shots in this are fantastic, as are the period costumes, the richness of the shots (except for the opening hand moving through waving grass, which looks like it was stolen from Gladiator) and most of the supporting cast. The problem with this movie is the character of Amelia herself. She has everyone bending over backwards to help her achieve her goals (including Ewan McGregor and Richard Gere, both of whom create adorable sympathetic characters who are far more likeable than she is) and all she can do is complain about all the things she has to do that aren't flying. That's called real life, sweetie. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do. Hilary Swank delilvers a performance with about as much enthusiasm as someone going to apply for a bank loan - she has none of the passion for flying that the real Earhart had. When she and her navigator come to their inevitable end, I only felt bad for the navigator and the characters left behind.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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