I read Todd McCarthy's review of The Aviator and found it remarkable.
I agree with 90% of what he has to say. But what struck me funny was that he only seemed to review 50% of the movie.
The film will or will not be a Best Picture nominee. It's no Alexander... not even a Gangs of New York. But what will inhibit it is not all the great stuff about Hughes as a hard-driving aviator. It is the going nuts part... which is a large percentage of the movie.
Miramax's advertising is brilliant, as it really emphasizes what works so well in the film. As I have written before, these are some of the best flying sequences ever put on film. And Todd seems to have focused only on those parts and just conveniently forgotten the rest of the movie. .. which is almost a harsher indictment of the rest of the film than giving it a complete review. If it can't take up any review space, it must be pretty terrible or meaningless in his view. But dang... it's at least half of the movie.