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Amelia a one-note wonder

Hilary Swank's biopic is clumsy and shallow, a disservice to a complex character



A quick perusal of the Wikipedia page for Amelia Earhart indicates a complex character best suited for the close analysis of a 400-page book, not a two-hour movie that will certainly include Earhart's (played here by Hilary Swank) "greatest hits," like her solo flying accomplishments and the attendant fame and fortune, her lovers---husband George Puttnam (Richard Gere) and colleague Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor)---and her mysterious death, but will strip away the texture of those moments for the sake of cramming them all in. Amelia is a totally subtext-free film; a clumsy, risk-free and emotionally one-note exercise in biopic filmmaking. Earhart's entire life is watered down, when any one moment could have been explored and mined for the very essence of the woman.

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Director: Mira Nair

Writer: Ronald Bass

Producer: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Kevin Hyman and Ted Waitt

Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Eccleston, Virginia Madsen, Joe Anderson, Aaron Abrams, Marina Stone and Duane Murray

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