The Aviator is another Martin Scorsese picture, and to me the one that put him back on the public map. This is high-flying cinema, and Scorsese’s direction is spot on the times and is a pleasure to experience.
Leo DiCaprio utterly transfigures himself into the famous icon Hughes; this is by far the best I have ever seen DiCaprio in any of his roles, he completely owns this role from top to bottom. The supporting cast all give career best performances, especially from the likes of Alan Alda and Kate Beckinsale, and especially Cate Blanchett who is completely unrecognizable in her role; kudos all around. It’s always humoring to me to see John C. Reilly in a serious picture such as this and then to do fare like Step Brothers or Dewey Cox, but he is at the very least consistently good when he puts his mind to it.
It’s all the parts of this film added together that make it so good and so watchable. This is definitely one to add to your lists if you have yet to see it. You really can’t go wrong with Scorsese, especially when he is at his finest.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10