Jeff Labrecque
June 26, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

The real Amelia Earhart was carefully packaged as a doe-eyed sweetheart — not altogether unlike the plucky pilot portrayed by Amy Adams in May’s Night at the Museum sequel. The trailer for October’s biopic, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, seems to promise a more serious-minded study of the trailblazing feminist who mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. Call it The Aviatrix.

On paper, Swank seems perfect for the role, but actually seeing her in the role gives me pause. Maybe it’s simply because the actress’ beauty is so angular, in contrast to the freckled, soft facial features of the doomed adventurer. (When I close my eyes and think Amelia Earhart, I still picture Diane Keaton, who played Earhart in a 1994 TV movie.) Maybe it’s the unfortunate chain of hackneyed dialogue in the trailer. Or maybe it’s the lack of heat between Swank and her two leading men. Even the action, the plane crash, seems less than riveting.

Am I way off course here, PopWatchers? Did the trailer send you into the stratosphere? Is this film an Oscar hopeful?

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