Main Plot Points:
- In Aloha, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.
- From Academy Award®-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer-director behind such films as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, Aloha also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.
What We Thought:
- What do you get when you mix a cast of multiple Oscar nominees, Emmy nominees and Oscar winning writer/director Cameron Crowe? You somehow get the pretty forgettable Aloha.
- The film is tough to grade because I honestly can’t tell you what the point was. Bradley Cooper returns to Hawaii for a few days and run into an ex, meets a new woman, there’s real Hawaiian people and Bill Murray wants to launch a rocket. Don’t ask me what it means.
- I like every major cast member, a lot. I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of Crowe’s films. This is clearly his worst film by miles. I honesty just don’t know what to make of it.
- The worst thing is, there are parts and roles that work. John Krasinski is great as Rachel McAdams’ husband and his “non-talking” scenes are really funny (if you see the movie you’ll understand). Bill Murray is good, but then again, when isn’t he?
- Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams are good like they always are. Maybe it’s Emma Stone’s character that skews things. At first I thought she might be on the spectrum or maybe have Asperger’s or some kind of anxiety issue. In the beginning she’s very strict and straight, but then it kind of goes away and is forgot about.
- And honestly the film is the least musical of Crowe’s career. Sure not all movies need a ton of music, but Crowe usually picks amazing music for his movies.
- Aloha is kind of a mess. There’s a ton going on with side stories and backstories and missiles and Hawaiian people and love stories and Alec Baldwin showing up 2 or 3 times. It looks great and the actors are solid, but don’t ask me the point of it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Bradley Cooper
- Emma Stone
- Rachel McAdams
- Bill Murray
- Danny McBride
- John Krasinski
Recommended if You Like:
- Cameron Crowe films