AMELIA EARHART REVIEWS
Cheryl Merrill (San
Francisco, CA United States)
I must admit, I was very surprised that this movie came near to the quality T.V. film it was. Clearly, Keaton's Golden Globe nominated portrayal of Amelia Earhart made the difference here. The performance even struck me as spooky in how close this actress came to Amelia's mannerisms, speech patterns and appearance. I realized I was watching the work of a great actress.
I was also surprised this made for t.v. movie took on a controversial issue to suggest the U.S. government was helping Amelia on the flight primarily due to interests in obtaining information on the Japanese military bases on the islands in the Pacific. After much study from credible sources, there is actually some relevance it was partly a spy mission, because Amelia needed the government funding offered for the plane's repair after her first intial plane crash.
Sadly, I have come to the realization Amelia's plane was forced down by the Japanese military, prior to WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, in order to obtain the Lockheed Electra's latest advanced technology to implement into their fleet. There is evidence this quantum leap in Japan's aircraft design did occur shortly after Amelia's plane disappeared that couldn't have happened other than by studying the engineering of the plane itself. ("Age of Heroes" Henri Keyzer-Andre)
After researching much about the life of Amelia, this film did the best job imaginable to portray her life during those flights accurately. The only thing it lacked was an accurate portrayal of just how famous Amelia was, having left out the big moments such as when thousands of happy admirers greeted her in 1932 in a huge welcome home parade in New York. After having viewed documentaries about Amelia Earhart, the N.Y. parade equaled, in its enormity and celebration, those parades that followed the end of world wars! For leaving this historical parade out, probably due to a low budget, I give this 4 stars.