- Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank, Richard Gere
- Summary: 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 bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history. (Fox Searchlight)… Expand
- Director: Mira Nair
- Genre(s): Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
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WinstonLin10Despite the reviews, Hilary Swank is STILL on my Oscar-watch.
R.L.7I've seen Biopic's on allot of famous and infamous people of the 20th century, Public Enemies(John Dillinger), Aviator(Howard Hughes), Schindler's List(Oskar Schindler), Iron jawed Angel(Alice Paul). But this film, this film has to take the cake as one of the best I've seen yet. Mira Nair's "Amelia" is a breathtaking and exploitative look into the life and achievement's of one of the greatest women of the 20th century, brings full center Amelia Earhart's story form beginning to end and it shows you the women she was underneath, It's almost thought provoking how you see the sequence of event's unfold in front of you how you. How you look at things trough her eyes and see the world as she see's it. It's astounding, mesmerizing, Brilliant and seamlessly woven into one brilliant film. All in all this is one movie you don't want to miss and it is one you need to experience to believe. Hilary Swank(Who isn't Oscar worthy, but does great here.) Plays the great aviatrix herself and she does it with such grace, style and humbleness that it is fantastic to watch her on screen and to see what she'll do next to define the odds as Earhart. Richard Gere(Who is also fantastic here.) plays Earhart's husband George Putnam with such cunning and sympathy that at times you don't know what to think of him. But none the less the cats holds up very nicely in this handsomely mounted film. Amelia is not as great as Public Enemies or Aviator, but it does have a great sense of moral rights and a big heart to fill up some of the holes in the films plot. But it is a great film to watch Swank work and show how(yet again.) that Women can do just as much as men can do. It's a truly compelling and emotional film that I know if your forgiving and kind it will deliver a great movie experience.… Expand
ChadS.3Her plane is slow. Amelia Earhart's Lockheed L-10 Elektra doesn't zip in the sky like the crates flown by test pilots in other aviation-heavy films such as Tony Scott's "Top Gun" and Phillip Kaufman's "The Right Stuff". The plane's relative lack of speed doesn't translate well to the screen, but this non-dramatic handicap could easily have been counterbalanced through a clearly delineated rendering of how air travel was far from routine during this era, in which each flight came fraught with the possibility of a crash. To set the stage of Earhart's crowning achievement(her solo flight across the Atlantic), "Amelia" should show, not just tell, about the unsuccessful attempts made by other female aviators, which ended in death. There's not enough midair tension to help illustrate historicity's dual nature of Earhart's piloting career, which ideally would have displayed her heroism, in simultaniety with evidence that backed the claims of her piloting contemporaries who disputed her competence. Since Earhart's professional accomplishments come off as surprisingly dull, the aviatrix's personal life; her marriage to G.P. Putnam(Richard Gere) and affair with Gene Vidal(Ewan McGregor), comes dangerously close to defining her. The sweeping musical score sweeps all the daredevil spirit out of her. It's a soundtrack better suited for a swoony, romantic woman of her times, not an iconoclast with steely ambition. The music turns Amelia into something she probably never was: soft. Childless throughout her marriage to the famed book publisher, the film, perhaps invents a maternal side for the pilot, who is exceedingly nice and motherly to Gene's son. The music reduces this trailblazing woman, as if "Amelia" was about the first stewardess to fly across the Atlantic.… Expand