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The Aviator (2004)

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Commentary 1: Director Martin Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and producer Michael Mann Rating:8.3/10 (25 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on May 24th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Scorsese dominates the track with the occasional comments by Schoonmaker and Mann. Scorsese wanted to show the humanity of Hughes by depicting his early life before he lost touch with reality completely. He talks at length about Hughes’ place in history and in cinema while Schoonmaker touches upon the film’s themes and how she conveyed them through editing. This is an engrossing, informative track that fleshes out Hughes’ backstory.
Reviewed by Cinecdoche on May 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Cinecdoche
I always enjoy Marty and this is no exception. Much of the track is dominated by historical references. Scorcese spends little time, if at all, early on with the actual scene that is playing out except to discuss color palettes at the Coconut Grove or Hughes' place in the cinematic lexicon. Mann and Schoonmaker are sparse and, I found, can repeat themselves. Later, closer to the third act, the comments start the match the scene. A lot of information.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 26th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
Much like his 'Gangs of New York' track, Scorsese spends most of the time discussing the history of Hughes, which isn't a bad thing, but definitely a history lesson.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Scorsese is wonderful to listen to. He talks fast he thinks fast and he has a lot to say. A little less interesting is Thelma, his editor, but that is to be expected. They are recorded seperately and when it’s great it’s great, say no more. 8/10
Reviewed by Bakersfield on August 19th, 2015:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Well, after seeing and loving the hell out of the movie I wanted to learn more about Hughes and the whole production. And thanks to Scorsese's commentary I got what I wanted.

The man is a great storyteller and this is IMO one of his best commentaries. Engaging, full of knowledge and intelligent. A must-listen for all serious film fans.
Reviewed by grimjack on June 26th, 2019:Find all reviews by grimjack
I am surprised a lot of people seemed to like this commentary. It is a type I hate where clips of different people who likely were recorded not watching the film are dubbed over sections that kind of fit what they are talking about. Sometimes it does line up perfectly, but that is rare. Some of the time, what they are saying is interesting, but that too is unfortunately rare.

I definitely learned some things that I am glad I did, after listening to it all the way through. But it is still hard to recommend. Scorsese often goes off on interesting tangents about the process of making the film. Mann has maybe ten minutes tops, but is always interesting. And the editor seems to speak the most, and she is generally the best at sounding like what I expect a traditional commentary to be talking about.
Reviewed by musíl65 on June 21st, 2021:Find all reviews by musíl65
Scorsese dominates the track and adds a lot of information about Hughs and the differences between Hughs life and the movie. Schoomaker talks about the editing and the technical aspects of the movie. Mann talks only from time to time about his involvent.

The track ist not very scenespecific. All in all it is a very good track about the life of Hughs and an okay track about the movie. 8 out of 10.
Reviewed by Matty on July 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by Matty
Thelma Schoonmaker’s little side comment about mental illness making Howard Hughes more creative was bullshit, but otherwise this commentary was good. Elaborates pretty well on the research involved in making the film and what did and didn’t make the final cut.