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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.

Rated PG (MPAA) · 120 min. · 2009
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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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