better than i remember it being. it’ll be a shame if scorsese doesn’t ever get an academy award, he really is something special. dicaprio does quite a good job in a challenging and demanding part. we like hughes, but wish he was different. we like that he’s a visionary and is good at everything he does, but we wish he had the self-control to rein himself in on occasion. the film, the story, and the acting are all so engaging that i couldn’t stop watching the film after i turned it on a bit into it. that’s remarkable for a film i’ve already seen, especially one that is three hours long. tragic and triumphant, the aviator is.