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Amelia Movie

There's More to Life Than Being a Passenger!!

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to learn to fly! Amelia Earhart felt this passion too, and I have always admired her achievments. She was a pioneer of aviation, when flying was still really dangerous, when airplanes crumpled like kites, and flying was only to be undertaken by adventurous men.

This is a biographical drama spanning 9 years of Amelia's life. Hillary Swank was spot on in her portrayal of Ms. Earhart. Her speech and body language was amazing when you compare it to the early film reels we have all seen of the real-life Amelia.

The panoramic sweeping views of the sea and skies was dazzling and memorable. This alone made it an easy movie to sit back and enjoy, and speaking as an aviation fan, I loved the vintage airplanes, and the scenes that accurately depicted the cramped quarters and frustrating conditions these early aviators endured.

Quite early into the film, she meets the publisher George Putnam (Richard Gere), whom she later marries. The film reveals to us her rise to fame as she becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. It also follows her love for George and a brief affair that she had with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). Raising her goals year after year leads her to aspire to a flight around the world. The movie leads up to this fatal attempt in 1937, and to the moment of her disappearance over the South Pacific.

Having waited for this film to come out for about a year, I must admit I was a little disappointed, as Amelia acomplished so much in her life, and yet, for me, the film does tend to dwell a little to much on her relationships and not enough of her flying.

Release Date: 2009


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