The Aviator
will likely be remembered as Marty Scorsese's most blatant capitulation to the Oscar bait gods, but it's tricky business estimating whether or not such prostration did him any good. The film won five Academy Awards, but mostly in technical categories. It drew a lot of attention for the uneven work of its actresses - Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Gwen Stefani - each filing progressively less impressive impersonations of progressively less delible Old Hollywood stars. It seems to have cemented the director's working relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio, an actor who is a lot of things, good and bad, but probably not the New DeNiro (and, following the trail of recent history, that's probably for the best).

tags drama, miramax
categories DVDs, Cinematical