Given the source material and the fact that Mira Nair has occupied the director's seat, I had been expecting great things from this movie. Sadly, 'Amelia' doesn't live up to being close to those expectations. Nair captures the era very well, through the costumes, set design and music. The visuals, especially the sceneries are stunning. However, the story at times feels contrived and at times more like a documented account of Earhart's life rather than a movie. The pacing is quite slow. However, unlike many others, I didn't find it this one to be a snoozefest but that may be because of my previous knowledge of Amelia Earhart and because of a particular performance which I'll come back to a little later on. It's quite disappointing that Nair didn't demonstrate much back story on Amelia, like how did she make it this far in what was then considered a man's world and how she developed her passion for flying. Despite its flaws, the last fifteen to twenty minutes were well-executed. Here, Nair very subtly builds tension and while the viewer knows what it going to happen, they are in suspense as they anticipate Amelia and her passenger's fate. Richard Gere is quite adequate as Putnam. Ewan McGregor is marginally better. But, it is Hilary Swank who steals the show. She is the force that drives this movie with a nuanced performance. I wonder why she didn't receive much recognition for this portrayal. Needless to say, Swank owns the movie.
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Amelia is a movie starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor. A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight...
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Amelia Earhart, a Kansas girl, discovers the thrill of aviation at age 23, and within 12 years has progressed to winning the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. At age 39, she sets out on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, an adventure that catapults her into aviation myth.
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Hilary Swank Owns ItReviewed byChrysanthepopVote: 7/10
You have to admit it...Hilary Swank just explodes with charisma (it shows up whenever she smiles on screen). From her Oscar winning turn in 'Boys Don't Cry',to her second AA winning turn in Clint Eastwood's 'Million Dollar Baby',and now as early flight pioneer, Amelia Earhart,she has charmed movie audiences all over the map. Mira Nair (director of such fine film fare as 'Salaam Bombay','Monsoon Wedding','The Namesake',to mention but a few) directs from a well written screenplay,with world class character development,by Ronald Bass & Anna Hamilton Phelan. Amelia is painted as a true feminist icon who led a life of adventure & romance (and not just a little dash of the free spirited bohemian,which was rare for that time). Richard Gere is well cast as her mentor/lover/husband,George Putnam. The rest of the ensemble take on their roles with panache (among others,Ewan McGregor,as Gene Vidal,Christopher Eccleston,who has previously shared screen time with McGregor in Danny Boyle's excellent,'Shallow Grave',and keep your eyes open for a winning performance by newcomer,William Cuddy as a young Gore Vidal,years before he would become a author/screen writer). Despite a few minor quirks in the historical department (most of which will go over the heads of all but those in the know),this is a fine film that will probably enjoy a re-newed life when it turns up on DVD or Blu Ray disc. Rated PG by the MPAA,this film serves up a rude word or two,some mild adult situations,involving adultery & some on screen smoking & drinking.
Occasionally a movie comes along from Hollywood that sweeps you away with the breadth and scope of its sheer awfulness.
True story - a hank of hair at the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Cleveland thought to be Amelia Earhart's was recently discovered to be, in fact, just thread. This movie is the cinematic equivalent. This movie, thought to be about Amelia Earhart is, in fact, a threaded bundle of clichés and overwrought soap opera moments. If Hilary Swank gave one more brave toothy grin, I thought I was going to have to leave. But I stuck it out to see which was worse, the unconvincing acting, the poor casting, Richard Gere, the costumey looking costumes, or the dreadful Peter Pan soundtrack. But the winner, I think, is the screenplay, which rattles off one maudlin insight after another alternating with scenes of stunning mediocrity played without conviction or chemistry.
If some of this is based on Earhart's real words, then maybe she's just not that interesting a subject for film. My guess is that the forever overly earnest Hillary Swank, as executive producer, buoyed by research and good intentions, convinced Mira Nair that her poetic approach to film-making would be perfect against the pilot's own words of inspiration. The result is a disaster. When you're sitting in the theater having shelled out your ten bucks and you can't wait for Amelia Earhart to die, you know you've gone to the wrong movie.