It can sometimes be said that genius is sometimes tempered by the shadow of mental or physical illness. Howard Hughes was an innovator, a film maker, one of the wealthiest individuals of his era and suffered from a debilitating mental illness.
In the 2004 biopic, The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio played the title role. Focusing on the 1920’s through the 1940’s, the film follows Mr. Hughes as he becomes hugely successful in business, creates films that at the time were controversial and dated three of the most famous actresses of the era. Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett), Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale) and Jean Harlow (Gwen Stefani) were all on the arm of Howard Hughes during the period that the film takes place in.
Mr. Hughes’s life was a combination of the highest highs and the lowest of the lows. DiCaprio plays both ends of the spectrum so brilliantly that the audience can only see Howard Hughes in full 3D, instead of a 2D caricature.
I recommend it.