i really liked the movie. the only major flaw that i detected was that the movie was a bit too long. i felt the backgrounds and costumes really portrayed the time period.
the cast is great as well. i thought adam scott did well as one of hughes' partners (which i wasn't really expecting). leo gave a great performance, and i just loved kate's portrayal of ava. (after the movie was over i heard whispers of her performace, "she was great.") i love that one scene where ava calls some girl a bitch (i won't go into detail), that was an awesome scene. cate blanchett as kate hepburn.... she did well but i don't know. i thought kate should've gotten the nomination instead of cate (and i am not playing bias). if only her part was a bit bigger...
there were also many elements in the movie that i enjoyed. i thought the repeated image of howard being so dependent on women was played upon greatly. whether it had been kate hepburn or ava gardner, he was always in search for his mother's love. the irony in all this is that even though his mother provided him with such love, it also led to his tragic demise (ending in that very searching state).
there were many comedic scenes in the film as well. the end got to me a little bit though. i understand that the movie focuses on hughes' life from the 20s-40s, but the ending (imo) was quite theatrical. all in all, it is a movie worth seeing.