Amelia (2009)

Amelia is the story of Amelia Earhart. It was directed by Mira Nair and stars Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson and Mia Wasikowska.

Amelia (Hilary Swank) wants to be a pilot, and not just any pilot. With the help of publisher George Putnam (Richard Gere) she manages to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic (even if “only” as a passenger). From then on, she continues to challenge herself and set new records, while trying to encourage women everywhere to become pilots themselves.

After the abysmal reviews Amelia has been getting (and it didn’t even saw a cinematic release in Austria), I didn’t expect much from this film. [But how could I not watch a movie that featured both Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston?] But I was really pleasantly surprised. It’s actually a really nice film.

The movie struggles with a couple of things. Mostly with the fact that you know just how this movie will end, which makes it a little harder for them to get some tension into the film. And that’s also where the film falls a little flat: there just doesn’t seem too much excitement (though there should have been).

The score tried to make up for that but it just ended up being melodramatic and a little too much.

But the cast is brilliant. Hilary Swank is amazing and Richard Gere has great chemistry with her, as does Ewan McGregor. [And for once, a believable love triangle.] Only Christopher Eccleston with an American accent is completely unsettling. ;)

The script is well written, especially when it sheds light on the relationships Earhart had with the men in her life*. And the last part, where they’re basically quoting the transmission transcripts of Earhart’s last flight, is very powerful.

Summarising: Not the best movie in the world, but very nice and not deserving of all the bad press it’s been getting.

*Also, apparently Earhart had a knack for writing love letters. Look at this:

To touch your hand
or see your face
today is joy.
Your casual presence in a room
recalls the stars
that watched us as we lay.
I mark you in a moving crowd
and see again those stars
a warm night lent us long ago.
We loved so then.
We love so now.

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