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High-flying action from a legendary pilot. Amelia Earhart's story of defying the seemingly impossible to achieve her dream hits the big screen this weekend.
Hillary Swank is simply brilliant as the world-renowned aviatrix and adventurer, Amelia Earhart. But, while Swank is brilliant, the film itself doesn't keep up.
The look back at the embryonic days of practical aviation, especially from a woman's point of view, is not just entertaining, it's enlightening. While the focus on Amelia's relationship with her promoter husband George Putnam and their friend Gene Vidal -- head of the U.S. Bureau of Air Commerce -- is absolutely integral, this is where the film sputters. Simply too much time was devoted to this facet of her life.
When the film soars, we're on board with this remarkable woman as she breaks barriers and inspires a nation and the world in the depths of the Great Depression. I like the fact that we don't have some idealized, sanitized fairytale here. There were controversies surrounding Amelia, including criticisms of recklessness and exploitation of fame by cashing in on everything imaginable.
Overall, I like this movie. Now, if you're expecting non-stop action, you'll be disappointed. Some will accuse the film of being too slow paced, but I loved the fact that filmmakers allow us to savor moments and enjoy the characters.
Richard Gere as Putnam, Ewan McGregor as Vidal all turn in good performances, but make no mistake, this is Hillary Swank's film and she's incredible.
I'm giving "Amelia" a solid 3 stars, and it's only rated PG.