Hilary Swank, “Amelia”(2009)
Hollywood is absolutely shameless when it comes to Oscar season. For every “No Country for Old Men” there’s a “Patch Adams” or “I Am Sam” desperately wringing saline from audiences with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” or that Hawaiian version of “Over the Rainbow.” “Amelia” was the most egregious example in recent years and Hilary Swank takes the brunt of the blame as exective producer and lead actor in this saccharine biopic, housed in banal, cardboard dialogue. At one point, flying over a heard of galloping giraffes, Earhart wistfully asserts, “Look how free they are. No schedules to keep!” Deeper sentiments have been expressed in a potpourri scented greeting card. And Swank does nothing to wrestle free of the cashmere shackles of this brittle script, which treats a cunning, stubborn figure more like an ornament in a nostalgia shop.