Amelia (PG)

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by By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on October 22, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:33 PM

"Amelia" is a beautifully photographed film but it's also emotionally disappointing. It's a two-hour puff-piece about a legendary figure in aviation, produced by and starring Hilary Swank.

Swank plays Amelia Earhart, the first woman to make a solo Trans-Atlantic flight. Earhart remains a mysterious historical figure who died when her plane disappeared in the Pacific Ocean near the end of a "around the world" flight in 1937.

Richard Gere plays Amelia's aloof husband and promoter. Ewan McGregor also stars, as a fellow pilot and Amelia's romatic-trist.

Little of Earhart's tumultuous life matters in this travelogue movie, the emphasis is always on the pretty pictures. Don't get me wrong, it's a noble film, and a nice film, but entirely too safe to be a legitimate bio-pic. As a piece of cinematic history, it only skims the surface in paying homage to those early ladies who risked their lives for the love of flying.

"Amelia" is written by "Rainman" Oscar-scribe Randall Bass, and is directed by "Salaam Bombay," and "Vanity Fair" creator Mira Nair.

"Amelia" is rated PG, and is a film that does get off the ground, but never quite soars

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