Friday, November 06, 2009


Taking Off

If you're an aviation nut, you'd probably be in line to want to watch a biopic on one of aviation's earliest female pilot, who made a name for herself as the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. This is a snapshot on Amelia Earhart's illustrious life and career, coupled with a very strong centric look at her romantic life with George Putnam (played by Richard Gere) and Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). Hilary Swank takes on the titular role, with Mira Nair given directorial duties, but unfortunately, this film didn't have any highs and lows, but flew by like a 747 in the skies with nary a turbulence in its flight.

As far as biopics go, this one doesn't reveal anything much about Amelia's motivations in her career, simply brushed aside by her preference at any chance to take to the skies. Hilary Swank doesn't really embody that passionate love for flying, but instead the film focused instead on her very open married relationship with George, while romancing Gene on the side. If not for some exhilarating aerial shots and recreation of renowned airplanes back in the old days, and the machines that Amelia flew, you'd probably find yourself yawning at the big deal about her romantic life.

You can read my review of Amelia at by clicking on the logo below.


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