Hilary Swank Tackles History
Amelia arrived on DVD and Blu-ray February 2, and we have an exclusive DVD clip from the true story of Amelia Earhart starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank.
Directed by Mira Nair, Amelia took flight on home video this first week of February with a dizzying array of extras and insight into one of the most inspiring female stories of the last century.
Earhart first made history with her record-setting flights in the '30s. She inspired women with her aviation firsts and got an entire nation to look skyward even as it grappled with the ravages of the Great Depression.
History notes Earhart's sad and mysterious fate as she attempted to become the first woman to circle the globe, but to this day, debate rages as to exactly what happened to Amelia Earhart on that final flight.
Amelia never states its conclusions outright, but the final moments of Nair's film certainly imply them.
Swank is perfectly cast as the title character, bringing her Midwestern accent to the forefront of her performance. The Oscar-winning actress is a physical ringer for the real Amelia, allowing the real-life newsreels to blend seamlessly into the film.
Nair previously directed Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon as well as Monsoon Wedding, and her brush strokes are all over this film. Although it falters at points in its storytelling, the power of the Amelia Earhart story remains.
Ewan McGregor and Richard Gere join the cast as romantic interests of Swank's Earhart. Both actors put a human side on the story and turn in solid performances. Watching McGregor play Gore Vidal's father is a true treat.
The Amelia exclusive DVD clip