Frames of Preference: The Aviator

The AviatorFor such a grandiose biopic, The Aviator sure is a bummer of a film. It tells the story of famous entrepreneur, director, and American playboy Howard Hughes, and his rise and fall in the 20s and 30s. The most tragic aspect of the film (and Hughes’s real life) was that he suffered from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which he hid for years to maintain an air of mystery and perfection in the public eye. Even at the glamorous Hollywood premiere of one of his films, Hughes always has illness in the back of his mind, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance sells this conflicted millionaire’s sadness.


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