Friday, October 30, 2009
"A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s" courtesy of imdb.com
i was really excited for this movie because i'm reading a biography on Howard Hughes right now, but this movie. it almost pissed me off. there is SO much wrong information. well i don't know for sure whether the book i'm reading is wrong or if its the movie, but i would assume its the movie. for one they had him dating Katherine Hepburn as a real serious relationship which was totally wrong, Hughes was a major playboy and he did date Hepburn, briefly but what they were doing was portraying his love life with Billie Dove as his relationship with Hepburn in the movie, i'm guessing because people don't really know who Billie Dove is. and then when he was shooting Hell's Angels (which is where the movie starts) he is married to Ella Rice, which was an arranged marriage he used to get away from his family after his parents died. there was SO much that was contorted and misrepresented.
they also didnt explain a lot, they just showed Howard kind of going crazy and although they showed some of his major plane crashes (which were completely false also) they didnt explain that his plane crashes were why he was slowly kind of loosing his mind.
they also would just mention random things, which i knew about because of the book but i would imagine most people didnt know like they randomly said "well just dip into tool co." which was his fathers business which made his father rich and help start howard in the right direction, and he didnt like the business, refused to run it, but took money from it all the time when he needed it.
although, the acting was good there are a TON of people in it. Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C Reily, Alec Baldwin, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, (although Gwen and Jude's parts were very small.)
CORRECTION: okay so he did have a real love affair with Katherine Hepburn, i got a little further in my book but they did protray it wrong because they said they were together when he was shooting Hells Angels and thats when he was engaged to Billie Dove, Katherine Hepburn was years later. Hughes was truly a master playboy and the movie doesnt truly convey that and it is a big part of his character and why he never married Katherine or Billie.