Directed by Martin Scorsese, “The Aviator” chronicles the life of Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), one of the pioneers in the history of aviation, from the late 1920s as a young idealist through the late 1940s as an eccentric billionaire. During these years, Howard Hughes pressed the envelope as a cinematographer, producing such controversial movies as “Two Arabian Nights,” “Hell’s Angels,” “Scarface” and “Outlaw.” He was also fiercely driven to advance the field of aviation both for military and commercial use. His goal was to make every man, woman and child feel safe on an airplane. Hughes was not satisfied with anything until its outcome was exactly as he envisioned it. This obsession came at a tremendous cost to Hughes’ personal assets. “The Aviator” is described as an epoch film and is certainly long at just under three hours. Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Alan Alda and Willem Dafoe play supporting roles.
“The Aviator” focuses too much on Howard Hughes’ carnal cravings for young, beautiful, scantily clad women, and the film belabors his various obsessive disorders. According to the movie, Hughes regularly propositioned young women — even underage girls — for intimate encounters. He was seriously involved with women like Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale).