An incredible story about a creative inventor mathematics genius, who put his perfectionism and passion into creating aviation wonders; he set into motion qualities that continue to be paradigm in today's technology formats. He also applied his visions to the film industry. A visionary genius, yet struggling with a mental disorder. His germaphobia began with his mother insisting on cleansing routines. She was trying to protect him from dying due to illnesses prevalent at that time, and lack of medical knowledge. Also, little was know how to assist people suffering mental anguish.
The actors are fabulous under Martin Scorsese's tutelage... The extras DVD is very informative, teaching us another side of Howard Hughes, and how the actors reflected the characters, especially Leonardo applying himself to become Hughes. I love the time periods 1920-30-40-50s, the people, costumes, and sets, draw us into the movie. We feel compassion for Howard Hughes who became an eccentric recluse to maintain his privacy and hide his mental struggles, especially from the obtrusive press.
For those who appreciate Aviation, and those who appreciate character movies, I recommend this DVD. It's living art, based on life and realities of those years.