Filled with a talented cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Danny McBride, John Krasinski, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin), Aloha disappointedly failed to get its feet off the ground.
Gifted filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous) falls into hokey romcom clichés this time around. After the Sony leaks, Aloha fell into a state of limbo because the film showed dissatisfaction with the studio. Even worse, the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans accused the film of presenting a "whitewashed" version of Hawaii that excluded "the very people who live there." Yikes!
Crowe’s film shows sentiment, but is less compelling by the end of the film. Aloha sadly is a mess and mashes a handful of stories all into one typically packaged romcom. Cooper plays Brian Gilcrest, a military contractor back in Honolulu to reconnect with the space program. Though Brian would like to reconnect with former love interest Tracy (McAdams), but she's now a mom and is happily married to pilot Woody (Krasinski). Next there's Allison Ng (Emma Stone), Brian's Air Force handler, who irritates him with many rounds of “alohas" until he finally sees her true self.
On top of that, there’s the irritable General Dixon (Baldwin) and the eager Carson Welch (Murray). Plus, there are about five other sub-plots that I won’t waste my breath on. McAdams and Cooper hit a sweet spot every now-and-then, but not enough to save this island film. In the end, Crowe’s talented cast is washed away with sloppy writing and muddled down with familiar clichés. We’ve seen this all before just with better execution.
Aloha is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For some language including suggestive comments.