We popped the popcorn and settled in for an evening of fun...watching the movie, Amelia, that we had waited for so long. Joe put the DVD in the player while I popped the corn. The movie started. This movie had been hyped for months. Hillary Swank was on all the talk shows. She said that she took flying lessons...in order to capture the feeling that Amelia had in the plane. Her studio wouldn't let her fly solo, however. She cut her hair and colored it, bleached her eyebrows, makeup with freckles made her look eerily like Amelia. I was thinking about Kathryn Hepburn, while watching Hillary do this part. She could have played the part too. Hillary wore pants and jackets,walked with a swagger and had a bit of an accent. Richard Gere played her husband. He was a believable character...always handsome in my mind. His part was minor in the film. The photography in this movie was beautiful. Wonderful sky pictures...storms that were believable. The plane soaring through the clouds and then showing things down on earth were wonderful. At one point Amelia almost fell out of the plane...made me gasp. The background music was very beautiful. The words of Amelia were almost poetic. Some of the lines were actual words of Amelia. She was a strong woman, but very feminine at the same time. I notice things like photography and poetic lines...in movies. Some movies get by with these attributes, but not this one. We were both a little disappointed with the film. The movie went in too many directions without really developing any of them. The story line was skimpy. A beautiful film without much substance. I wanted more...I wanted to know details.
There you have it...I took the movie over to my neighbor and we will see how they liked it. It was worth the $2.80 that I spent to rent it and it provided an evening of fun, so not a bad thing to do on a cold night in Northern Illinois.