Sunday night I finally decided to go see the Amelia Earhart biography starring Hilary Swank and directed by Mira Nair. The film has some pluses. Overall it's a good story, the flying footage is beautifully shot and Hilary Swank seems well suited to the role. But it's not what I would call a very engaging film - with the exception of the finale which manages to pull drama out of an ending that we all know is coming. The rest of the time it's a fairly run of the mill bio-pic with occasionally very simplistic dialog of an 'old timey film' nature. I just never felt I got a sense of connection with the characters or felt I understood their experiences any better than I would from reading a high level account of Earhart's life. Not at all bad - just uninspiring. Which given the nature of who it's about is somewhere between ironic and sad.