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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve been to see this film this evening. My main comment: It was long. The first hour was pretty terrible, with some less-than-brilliant acting, dodgy editing (why is this film up for an editing Oscar?), and bizarre special effects. After that, though, it really picked up and became a very enjoyable film.

Leonardo diCaprio was never very convincing as Howard Hughes, but all of his little twitches and things were absolutely excellent. I believed he had an obsessive compulsive disorder, but it still seemed to be Leonardo diCaprio who was ill, not Howard Hughes. He definitely doesn’t deserve an Oscar. By contrast, Cate Blanchett was amazing, and does deserve an award. The costumes and backdrops were incredible, and with a better leading actor, and the kinks in the editing and special effects worked out, this could have been fantastic.

Having said that, it still wasn’t a very deep film, very much a case of ‘sit down, and watch the story’. There was an awful lot more that could have been explored in terms of the condition and Hughes’s feelings, and I would’ve liked a more definitive ending to the film.

Overall, it’s worth going to watch, but it’s not worth eleven Oscar nominations.

This 328th post was filed under: Reviews.

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