Friday, April 29, 2011

Amelia (2009)

Amelia stars Hillary Swank as the world-renowned, ill-fated aviatrix Amelia Earhart; Richard Gere as her husband George Putnam, and a strong supporting cast including the likes of Ewan McGreggor, Christopher Eccleston, and Mia Wasikowska. 

Everyone knows the tale of Amelia Earhart, the world famous trailblazing female aviator who disappeared over the Pacific and was never found (until possibly recently, which you can read about here). This film, directed by Mira Nair, gives the audience a peek into what Amelia’s life was like during the height of her fame, up to and including her mysterious disappearance. 

The acting here is superb. I’m not generally one to cry during movies, but I was getting a bit bleary-eyed at parts. Also, considering that Ewan McGreggor is Scottish, Chris Eccleston is English, and Mia Wasikowska is Australian; they all do a very convincing job of being American. Chris Eccleston actually sounds quite like Harrison Ford, which I find really hilarious (it’s like the 9th Doctor meets Indiana Jones!)

The costumes in Amelia, designed by Kasia Walicka-Maimon are quite good as well.

The real Amelia Earhart
Amelia’s clothing really brings out her character, and as far as I can tell, stays true to the real Amelia’s style. Swank dons Earhart’s iconic leather flying cap and goggles, often donning trousers as was typical of “Lady Lindy.” The iconic scarves that even make their way into the film’s title font are also present. Amelia’s various jumpsuits give the impression of a working woman. The white jumpsuits with her initials on the back are one of my favorite pieces from the movie! In real life, Amelia was very conscious of her image and always dressed appropriately for the occasion. I think that this is mirrored well in the film, Swank sporting a range of outfits depending on her surroundings.  Fun Fact: Amelia Earhart actually marketed her own line of clothing, which was sold exclusively in 30 American cities!
Richard Gere’s George Putnam is rarely without a suit, which enforces his businesslike persona.

The rest of the costumes were period appropriate, showcasing the best of 1930’s American Fashion.

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