Saturday, February 27, 2010

amelia review and giveaway

i recently had the opportunity to view the movie amelia.  i have to admit, i wasn't really sure what to expect.  when zoe and i learned that amelia earhart was a hero of kit kittredge, we read a book from the library about her.  unfortunately, very few of the details of her life stuck in my mind!

the movie starts with her flying the plane for her bold, 'round-the-world trip.  throughout the trip, she flashes back to various points of her life, including the introduction, wooing, and marriage to her husband george putnam.  their relationship survived her commitment to flying as well as a secret affair.

i have to admit, i was a little bit disillusioned with the person of amelia earhart.  i didn't really know that much about her personal life.  but i have to admit that she had a world of impact and the view of women at the time, as well as in creating a world where women could be taken seriously as pilots.  i would imagine that her influence spread into other areas where women needed to be taken seriously as well.

i was very impressed with the acting ability of academy award winner hilary swank and golden globe winner richard gere.  it was also a surprise to find ewan mcgregor showing up for a fairly significant role.  i think that this movie has some very good acting.  i was a little disappointed with the slow development of the plot.  whether it was because i was hoping to go into labor at the time or not, i found it a little hard to follow at times.

regardless, i have three copies of amelia to offer to you, my faithful readers.  if you would be interested in having your own copy of this movie, just leave me a comment below telling me one thing you know (off the top of your head) about amelia earhart.  (u.s. residents only).  i will select a winner using on march 6.  make sure you leave me an email address so i can get in touch with you if you win.

i received a copy of this movie to review from twentiety century fox home entertainment through bender/helper impact. all the opinions expressed here are purely my own. if you use my link to buy the movie from amazon, i think i might get a little income.


  1. She disappeared on a flight around the world and was never heard from again. I don't know if it's ever been proven whether she ran out of fuel and fell into the ocean or crashed on an island or what happened. It's a mystery.

    karin56381 (at)

  2. Hi Melanie--thanks for the review.

    Karen Acker (kspronk at

  3. I know she went missing, and it's still a mystery whether she crashed and died or somehow survived.

  4. Oh--I forgot to tell what I know about her...well, her father was an alcoholic and her parents split up :(. (Did I tell you that we started to read a biography of her, and had to quit?


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