Aloha

Aloha Release Date: May 29, 2015

In the movie Aloha, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, 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.

Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon were both originally attached to star in the roles that Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone now have, but left when it became apparent that the film would not be shooting any time soon. Cameron Crowe then spent four years rewriting the script, making the characters younger.

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar three years in a row… in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook, in 2014 for American Hustle and in 2015 for American Sniper. There is no chance, however, that Bradley Cooper could receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination for the movie Aloha, which would have put him in the very small group of actors who have been nominated for acting Oscars four years in a row.

ALOHA Review
By Audrey Shine (Wild About Movies resident critic)

To appreciate this movie, you have to understand what it is not.  It’s not a typical romantic comedy or even a  serious drama set in stunningly beautiful Hawaii. It’s a Cameron Crowe movie.  So it’s complex – the characters, the situation, the ending.  Each characters story is interwined with the others but not in predictable ways.  Each character has faults and history.  This movie is about personal transgressions,and peaceful resolutions.  It’s complex, but it stays with you long after it’s over.  To repeat, it’s a Cameron Crowe movie.

The cast is top notch all the way.  Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray,  Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride all deliver interesting and credible characters.  But it’s John Krasinski (Woody) who delivers the most memorable non-verbal performance in the recent history of movies.  His “man language” conversations with Bradley Cooper (Brian) are inspired, convincing, and funny. Bill Murray (Carson) as the snake-oil corporate criminal definitely plays against type – no funny lines- no funny hats- just a brilliant juxtaposition.

Aloha means “peace, compassion, mercy” in Hawaiian.  It has also come to mean “hello” and “goodbye.”  All apply in this case.

Aloha Trailer

Starring: Emma StoneBradley CooperRachel McAdamsBill MurrayJohn KrasinskiJay BaruchelAlec BaldwinDanny McBride
Genres: Comedy
Directed By: Cameron Crowe
Studio: Columbia Pictures
MPAA Rating PG-13

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