I went to see The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Baldwin, and Alan Alda Friday afternoon. Man, what a movie. DiCaprio makes a far better Howard Hughes than you would expect.
Howard Hughes was a hero of mine. He was a free spirit when it came to creating movies, and he produced them with zeal, and fought the censors and the critics to keep them intact the way he had made them.
He attacked flying with the same gung ho. For a time he was the fastest man on the planet. He built the largest airplane that has ever flown to this day, and he built it out of non-strategic materials, wood and glue.
He was rewarded by being attacked by the government and rival airlines. Finally he became a complete recluse and spent the rest of his life in seclusion.
The movie runs nearly three hours which was well spent by this Hughes fan.