Howard Hughes has something attracts a lot of filmmakers, It has the same curious effect that the story of Pinocchio, where you can look at a director’s biography and see that he was interested in doing an adaptation at some point. Filmmaker Magnet seems to have the same status as an object of desire serving as a story about the passion of making a film.
hey maybe there’s something behind, at least if we look at some of the names of interest. Warren Beatty, Michael Mann and Christopher Nolan have explored the possibility of a Hughes biopic in the past (the latter in particular may still be the “best script” he’s ever written), to no avail. Partly because Martin Scorsese has already managed to reach the finish line with “The Aviator.”
Recently added to Amazon Prime Video’s catalog (though it’s long been available on Netflix or HBO Max), this epic biopic delves into the complicated life of Hughes as well as Hollywood in the 1920s and ’30s. An interesting picture of what could have been a simple love story towards the filmmaking process, however it ends up being a story about passion while doing it.
Leonardo DiCaprio is in charge of embodying this troubled figure, having joined the project in 1999 before Martin arrived and when it was still Mann who was going to develop it (he was replaced after some commercial disappointments Was). It would take a few more years to shoot the film, but they were crucial, allowing DiCaprio to age Stay young but able to make a mark as an adult,
This is perhaps the most significant collaboration ever created by the actor and director. ‘Gangs of New York’ crossed their paths, and ‘The Departed’ is the pinnacle of their partnership (I’m willing to believe that ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is too, but that’s how good ‘The Departed’ is). But here their union is definitely established and it can be seen how both adjust their skills to speak the same languagewithin the differences that are necessary for acting and directing a film.
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Together they seem to be working to emphasize Hughes’ restless and broken character, manifested in a dangerous perfectionism In both filming and piloting (also present in filming), but also manifested in his compulsive disorder with cleaning and germs. A character study of nearly three hours where they disturb that idyllic image of golden Hollywood, although they maintain a certain narrative convention.
This last aspect partially detracts from a film that, although surprising in many ways, feels constrained by the biopic format, It doesn’t fall into disgusting extremes, though, thanks to the usual frenetic pulse of Scorsese’s films, DiCaprio’s conscientious work, or Robert Richardson’s daring and dazzling photography, which deserves its own quiet study. Or, at least, appear on a proper screen.
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