Movie review: Amelia

by Terry Hunter

(HawaiiNewsNow) Beautiful cinematography, plus an appealing main character. But it's a superficial, by-the-numbers biography of the legendary female pilot who tried to be the first person to fly around the world in 1937. The movie is watchable, but it should have been so much better.

Amelia Earhart is an American icon. the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, the female version of Charles Lindbergh. Daring and somewhat daring and somewhat reckless, Earhart did what she wanted to do. She married a promoter played by Richard Gere but had an affair with a pilot played by Ewan McGregor.

Hilary Swank is just the right actress to play her. Sadly, Earhart never made it to Howland Island. Nobody ever found the wreckage of her plane. And unfortunately, nobody involved in this production ever discovered who she really was. The script just connects the dots of high points in her life. It's almost like a Cliff Notes version of her life story.