Folle,ambizioso,visionario,paranoico: questo è il ritratto che Scorsese ci presenta per mostrarci la complessa figura di Howard Hughes, uno dei dominatori della società americana del secolo scorso.Una fotografia stupefacente ci regala scene di maestoso impatto visivo e permette al regista di realizzare un grandioso affresco del protagonista,interpretato magnificamente dal buon Leo. Lavoro ingiustamente criticato.4*
This screencap is more Freudian than I think Scorsese intended in the film. xD
The final scene is one of the finest moments in Scorsese's filmography. Howard, vocalizing his alienation with maddened repetition, is submerged in the darkness of the womb that tainted him. Scorsese frames DiCaprio in inescapable closeness, so that we cannot avoid his desperation. "The way of the future" is also the way of the past. Howard is lost in a psychological loop that has no clear beginning or end.
This film is an incredible chronicle of a man who created a world all to his own. On the commentary track Scorsese talks about Icarus his interpretation being that Howard couldn't escape the labyrinth because the labyrinth was himself. This makes me think of the scene just before the ending when Noah Dietrich (John C. Riley) tells Howard " but Howard everybody works for you". They all did accept for the woman in his life for me it's what made it so extraordinary to see him so up against Hepburn, senator brewster , or that spruce goose.
Continuing with Scorsese/DiCaprio and their second outing. Scorsese delves deep into the dark demons which became the ruin of Howard Hughes. DiCaprio gives a wonderful performance and has strong support in another blindingly colourful epic. However it is Cate Blanchett who simply becomes Katharine Hepburn and was fully deserving of her Oscar. Quite a long movie but a wonderful character study all the same. 8/10
This is my favorite film. The madness joined with genius is conveyed in all it's shocking glory here. You see the man, literally, flying at his highest and plummeting to his darkest depths. Everything about the film works, the acting is superb, the changing color scheme shows the passing of time incredibly well, the dialogue is poignant, and some of the best cinematography I have ever seen. See it if you haven't.
After rewatching, I can really say that this is one fine film. Scorsese knows his craft so well, and has put together such a polished (aside from the CGI) piece of work. DiCaprio didn't bore me like he's started to lately, and Blanchett is gosh darn superb!
its really quite underwhelming. the film does not deal with enough of hughes real reclusive activity in later years, and some of the scenes are wonderful set pieces, with superb acting and superlative visuals and other scenes are just plain mediocre. cate blanchett seems to parody katharine hepburn at times and at others is superb. this film just seems so inconsistent, and all over the place.
After watching Leo’s performance in this movie, it made me wanna pursue a acting career. Brilliant.
Somebody wanted an Oscar very badly, but it's still a gloriously told Scorsese film. Far from his best, but brilliant and somewhat mediocre all at once.
Enjoyed parts of the film, but some of the casting ruined it for me. Didn't dig Kate Beckinsale as Ava. And Leonardo and Alda--well, I'm just always painfully aware that I'm watching Leonardo DiCaprio in Leo films and Alan Alda in Alda films. Does this make sense?? It does in my head.