March 22, 2010 | |

Amelia- Review

Mira Nair's Amelia is a mere cardboard cutout of its iconic subject. This biopic attempts to capture on film the legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. The film follows a standard pattern – Amelia aspires to fly "like a wayfarer"; she takes on the challenge to conquer the perils that confront her and emerges jubilant. This pattern recurs thrice through the film and accounts for its plot movement. Amelia's character is carelessly chalked out. She swings between candy floss wistfulness about flying and rehearsed heroism. The audience is constantly aware of the gap between actor and character. The tidbits of commentary on female emancipation and the American milieu are derisory. Read More.

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