Aloha

by | Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

A Lazy Film Whose Story Throws All the Other Aspects Into Disarray.

It couldn’t be a more typical rom-com. After a good run at the awards season, Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone are unfortunately showcased in this lazy movie. Aloha is written and directed by Cameron Crowe, the man known for films such as Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and Vanilla Sky and he really has come a long way from his prime. From the moment Aloha starts it is a lazy and predictable story that is spurted out and made for the sake of making something.

Aloha is the story of a broken down man called Brian (Bradley Cooper) who began ambitiously in the NASA, but after funding was cut he became a military contractor. While in action in the Middle East Brian was injured and thus now he does petty ceremonial work. Recently he’s been assigned to Hawaii, and more specifically, his hometown where he reunites with a married ex, Tracy (Rachel McAdams) and is partnered with and Air Force pilot, Allison (Emma Stone). As you can imagine Brian falls in love with Tracy and with Allison and so he’s forced to choose… oh no!

The problem with Aloha is clearly its story. It’s so flat and scattered with cheesy rom-com stereotypes that the majority of its cast struggles to string words together. Yes, every now and then one can see sparks of Crowe’s actual skill, but they are too brief and too few. The story seems so flustered that when it gets to a cheesy quote the lines around it make absolutely no sense (see even that sentence describing it doesn’t make sense).

Really what saves this film from utter failure is its cast. The three major players are too big for their roles, one can see Cooper going off script and trying to have some fun. McAdams also tries to challenge herself, but her role is so small and simple that she ends up bored. Even the supporting cast can be seen trying to spin some sense into the story (Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin especially). Stone is the only actor in the film that completely grasps and professionally stays with her character; she ends up being the light and core of the film, keeping the audience engaged and occasionally making us chuckle.

In the end Aloha is simply another forgettable rom-com. Did I laugh? Sure, I chuckled once or twice, but not enough given what I know Crowe and the cast are capable of. 

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 28% 28%

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