Genre Guesstimation – Amelia (2009)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Biographical Films……

“Who wants a life imprisoned in safety? ” – Amelia

Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 Feb 2010 and 2 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Story of the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo and attempt to cross The Pacific.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall was released during awards season with the hopes of reaping some love, yet unfortunately didn’t manage to do so.

The story itself is quite epic in the way that it presents the life story of famed female pilot Amelia Earhart yet fails to really develop any of the characters on a deeper level.

Hilary Swank is a great choice for the title role, but her chemistry with the other characters including Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston is almost non-existent and that hurts things far too much.

The story does allow the viewer to get an idea as to the difficulties of a woman in this kind of profession a Century ago which unfortunately hasn’t changed as much since then.

The story itself is told in a pretty bland fashion and isn’t as inspirational or powerful as one might expect from a biopic like this one.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie shows Amelia Earhart finishing third in the first Santa Monica-to-Cleveland Women’s Air Derby in 1929, but doesn’t explain why. Earhart and her friend Ruth Nichols were tied for first at the last stop before the final leg. Nichols took off right before Earhart, but her plane clipped a tractor on the runway and flipped over. Instead of taking off, Earhart ran to Nichols’s plane to drag her to safety. After Earhart was sure that Nichols was not seriously hurt, she took off for Cleveland and finished third. Women in the Wind (1939) is based on the same air race and features a plot loosely inspired by the incident. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The story doesn’t manage to inspire like one might hope.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)



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