The Aviator ★★★★½

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A tantalizing, old-fashioned film about a rich genius who somehow always existed as an underdog, eventually crumbling into the disparate pieces he constructed of himself. So intricate and operatic, and yet its grandness never feels generic or cheap. It's a film about hollywood as much as it is a Hollywood production. One of Leo's best roles, too. The evolving cinematographic techniques are the icing on the cake.

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