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Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello.May. 27, 2015 USA105 Min.PG-13
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Bradley Cooper isBrian Gilcrest
Brian Gilcrest
Emma Stone isAllison Ng
Allison Ng
Rachel McAdams isTracy Woodside
Tracy Woodside
John Krasinski isJohn
John "Woody" Woodside
Bill Murray isCarson Welch
Carson Welch
Alec Baldwin isGeneral Dixon
General Dixon
Danny McBride isColonel
Colonel "Fingers" Lacy
Edi Gathegi isLieutenant Colonel Curtis
Lieutenant Colonel Curtis


A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

Original titleAloha
IMDb Rating5.4 45,164 votes
TMDb Rating5.1 610 votes

(181) comments

  • hickchickmomMay 29, 2015Reply

    Flat out adorable

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  • steve beard ([email protected])May 29, 2015Reply

    Missed It By That Much

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  • Chisty LemireMay 29, 2015Reply


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  • Steve PulaskiMay 29, 2015Reply

    It’s time for Cameron Crowe to come back to Earth

    ”Aloha” is the classic example of a film that bites off so much more
    than it can chew that it begins to choke early and all we can do is
    passively witness its inevitable cardiac arrest. The film takes
    elements from the romantic comedy, science-fiction, family drama, and
    comedy genres, but never finds a way to mesh them all into a package
    that’s worth opening. As a result, what unfolds is a hybrid of pale
    plot-threads and exhausting scenarios that stretch the line of
    credulity ever-so thin that it becomes impossible to sympathize with
    the characters and believe their scenarios in any respect.

    What a shame too because this film squanders the screen writing and
    directorial talents of Cameron Crowe, along with actors like Bradley
    Cooper, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride,
    all of whom have proved themselves to be hugely commendable presences
    in a wide variety of roles. With ”Aloha,” we focus on Cooper’s Brian
    Gilcrest, a failed defense contractor, who is assigned to oversee the
    launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. This assignment comes with a
    potential precedent to militarize space, along with convincing Hawaiian
    natives that this launch would be beneficial for them in the long-run
    (in what way, I’m still trying to figure out). All of this is designed
    to benefit a multimillionaire named Carson Welch (Bill Murray in a role
    so empty that even he looks half asleep most of the time).

    Gilcrest is assigned to work with Allison Ng (Emma Stone), an Air Force
    pilot, in Hawaii for the meantime. Allison’s energetic, often spunky
    personality gets under the skin of Gilcrest, a hardened cynic, who is
    also trying to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams),
    who is now married to John (John Krasinski) with two kids. John is a
    cartoon of a character, never speaking in the presence of Brian and
    only exchanging ambiguous facial expressions and brotherly gestures
    (which take an explicitly corny turn at the very end of the film). As
    the inevitable, cosmic forces would have it, however, eventually,
    Gilcrest takes a liking to Allison despite their personality
    differences, but his shady, workaholic tendencies will inevitably rub
    her the wrong way during the time of this crucial space launch that
    will leave them both ”steamrolled by the future” as Gilcrest puts it.

    Explaining the juxtaposition of this brewing romance and this rocket
    launch into space is no easy task. Crowe seems dedicated to making two
    unrelated things connect in the most hackneyed way imaginable. Even
    when we are focused on the human characters, there’s little human
    interest to pull us into their lives. Both Gilcrest and Allison speak
    like characters in a movie, always ready with a quip or some sort of
    slyly funny remark; never does Crowe penetrate the heart of this
    relationship, and instead, settles for digging holes around it hoping
    to strike something that will pull us, the audience, inwards.

    This, however, never comes to fruition. I felt like I was always
    sitting within arms length of ”Aloha,” its incredulous situations, and
    its characters. The screen was several rows before me, and yet, no
    connection was ever formed. For as many characters, situations, and
    circumstances lie within this film’s screenplay, this is a shockingly
    boring project, laboriously paced and only adequately acted, given
    there’s no real challenging role for the talent here to sink into. The
    film persists on with a cloying sense of tone-deafness to the
    impossibility of its own situations that it treads Nicolas Sparks
    territory (although I say with a slight quiver in my voice that I liked
    ”The Longest Ride” a tad more than this).

    Crowe’s last film was ”We Bought a Zoo,” which, like ”Aloha,” had its
    share of emotionally manipulative elements. However, it was also a tad
    more watchable and light-hearted than this, and certainly a bit easier
    to believe in terms of its circumstances. With ”Aloha,” we see Crowe
    test the very boundaries of love on an intergalactic scale, and after
    several films that have even questionably undermined his greatest
    achievements like ”Almost Famous” and ”Say Anything…,” maybe it’s
    time for him to come back to Earth, wouldn’t you say?

  • DarkVulcan29 ([email protected])May 29, 2015Reply

    Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone are watchable

    The Hawaii setting here pretty much becomes a character here. Bradley
    Cooper does a descent job as Military man trying to bring closure of
    his past mistakes, so was Emma Stone as a female pilot who befriends
    Coopers character. Together they have incredible chemistry, and make on
    screen magic. Emma Stone seems to make any film, either good or bad,
    memorable. Rachel McAdams is alright, so was John Krasinski. But other
    actors like Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray feel like wasted goods here.
    Although is was nice to see Danny McBride not play an overly vulgar
    character for once.

    Writer-Director Cameron Crowe has always been good for unique
    storytelling in his films, but this seems like to much was edited out.
    I may be the only one here who didn’t think this movie was to bad, but
    I no way would say this movie was great, I certainly didn’t love this
    film. It’s a film for me to say the movie is only good seeing one time.
    But I wouldn’t say it’s all terrible either.

  • KD-LassoMay 29, 2015Reply

    Oh sweet Jesus what a train wreck!

    I love me some Cameron Crowe, I really do but oh my God! This film is
    just one long awkward moment of terribleness that should never have
    been! For the love of me I don’t understand how some of the best
    working actors out there today can give such poor performances either.
    There’s is no chemistry between Bradley Cooper or Emma Stone and what’s
    the deal with Rachel McAdams? I’m not even gonna go there. I don’t
    even.. The movie even makes Bill Murray look bad! Bill Murray! AND THE
    PACING! My God the pacing.. I don’t even think I can blame whomever cut
    this film. It feels just like a bunch of film makers that went to
    Hawaii and kinda made the movie up as it went along. Like a Adam
    Sandler movie, like Grown Ups. Congratulations Cameron Crowe! You made
    a sequel to Grown Ups without even knowing it! It should have been
    starring Kevin James! And that’s an insult to Kevin James and not you,

    The only people I could recommend this film to is to toddlers, because
    it has some really bright colors and fun shapes. And that might be
    considered child abuse in some states so don’t take my word on it.

  • Annette HallMay 29, 2015Reply

    Glad I didn’t read ”reviews” before watching this movie!

    The movie features an all star cast each having an amazing talent for
    expressing the emotions of their characters into fully 3 dimensional
    people: emotions, brokenness, past history, failures, etc. I actually
    expected this to be a ”low brainer” movie. How wrong I was and so glad
    that I took the time to discover this movie is rare gem. …. OK some
    reviewers were / are expecting these actors to revive past roles that
    blew minds just to drag in an audience. Nah, that would be too simple!
    Instead Cameron Crowe utilized the known strengths of each of the
    actors in a truly romantic (comedy) using their individual skills to
    tell the story. (I will leave up for debate whether he (Crowe) was
    capitalizing on past performances) . Love the cast and the story. Only
    sort of negative would be to include more local Hawaii natives to flesh
    out their love of culture. That said the natives that do appear are
    delightful. Enjoy this movie with these thoughts in mind. As for me I
    must see it again soon!

  • btookeyMay 29, 2015Reply

    I enjoyed it

    If you’ve traveled to Hawaii, have read or experienced anything about
    the culture, you will appreciate this movie. I especially liked how
    they expressed the meaning of ‘Aloha’- peace and mercy, through the
    characters and their relationships,and the way they used Emmas
    character to showcase the nuances of the Hawaiian people and their
    beliefs. There were some plot holes, but they were, for me, easy to
    overlook because the relationships and the Hawaiian scenery and culture
    were the central themes of the movie. Its not an ‘in-your-face’ type of
    movie, its very subtle and you have to watch and listen softly; you’ll
    find your internal motor down-shifting a few gears before the movie
    ends, much like Hawaii itself. If you enjoyed Elizabethtown, you’ll
    like this movie.

  • Movie LoverMay 29, 2015Reply

    I liked it

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  • Thomas DrufkeMay 29, 2015Reply

    You Didn’t Have Me At Aloha

    Cameron Crowe is one of my favorite directors. He never fails to put a
    smile on my face, even if it’s my 15th time watching the same film of
    his (Almost Famous). But with ‘Aloha’, it doesn’t seem like his film at
    all. In fact, at times the film seems as though it’s 3 different
    projects jumbled into one. Aloha was one of my most anticipated films
    this year, and with a cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper,
    Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone, I didn’t think there was any way this
    film would let me down. Boy, I was wrong. The trailer was fantastic. It
    had great music, great character drama, and a beautiful landscape,
    that’s the makings of a great Crowe film. Unfortunately it was a bland
    and forgettable as a film can be. If you cant get a good film with all
    of the great things on your side, than there’s something going on here.

    I heard there was some serious behind the scene issues with Aloha. Ones
    that took Crowe out of the promoting of the film and even Sony’s lack
    of marketing for the project. I mean there was only one trailer, ONE.
    Movies these days spit out at least 3-4 trailers per film with upwards
    of 5-7 TV spots. Sony has had a lot of trouble both in and out of their
    film branch, so I’m not overly surprised by the behind the scene
    issues. I just hope that it wasn’t a situation of Crowe not being able
    to make the film he wanted to. If the blu-ray comes along with a new
    and improved directors cut than I will probably have a better idea of
    how to score the film. But for now, it was a complete mess. It tells
    the story of a military contractor who returns to Hawaii where he
    reconnects with his long lost love and simultaneously meeting the new
    fling in his life. It’s a hard film to review because there are many
    plot points and situations that just didn’t seem like things that a
    seasoned director would put in a movie in an actual theatre. I will say
    that there are moments of Crowe greatness but it’s so rare that it gets
    lost in the mess of love triangle. I never bought into the Emma
    Stone-Bradley Cooper fling. I saw a reviewer talk about how her
    character thinks she’s in a Will Ferrell comedy at first until toning
    it down later on, and that’s completely true. The two seem like they
    are playing characters from different movies and somehow their dialogue
    matched up.

    I will say that I don’t believe the film deserved the whitewash
    criticism as much as it got. There’s no question that the main cast is
    all white and could have been more diverse, but Hawaiians are present
    in the film throughout, they’re just not the leads. But the thing that
    most bothered me was the lack of human emotion and heart to the film.
    Crowe often creates great characters who I believe to be sharing
    moments with each other. Here, the characters are simply all in a
    Hawaii at the same time and happen to do things that somewhat relate to
    one another. The whole side story of setting up satellites with Bill
    Murray was a waste of time. I think if the film focused on Cooper’s
    past with Rachel McAdams, who Is the best part of the film, rather than
    forcing us into a relationship with Emma Stone, it would have been much
    better. I love Emma Stone as much as the next guy but the chemistry
    just wasn’t there. Plus, the way the characters are written, Cooper is
    much better off going after a woman like McAdams than Stone. Danny
    McBride and Alec Baldwin have some laugh worthy moments but the trailer
    sold the film much differently. I got the sense that Murray would play
    a man that helps Cooper get through his past and look to start a new
    future. And that John Krasinski would play the funny jealous husband.
    But instead Murray’s character has no common sense and Krasinski is
    cringe worthy as he tries to his best cool guy impression. But there is
    a really sweet story underneath the rest of the film. Cooper and
    McAdams are really good here, and the reveal towards the latter half of
    the film gave the depth it needed. It was just too late for me. And
    then where the characters end up was too cliché for my liking. I was
    really disappointed with this one. Just another big letdown in 2015.

    +Cooper & McAdams

    +Reveal sweetens the story

    -Character decisions are laughable

    -Stone’s misplaced tone

    -No heart

    -Pacing issues

    -Feels like 3 different films into one


  • Tom FieldsMay 29, 2015Reply

    May be more interesting with Polish Dubbing

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  • jarvizuMay 30, 2015Reply


    OMG what was Cameron Crowe thinking? He wasn’t during the making of
    THIS film. I love all of his films. Please explain what happen to the
    far-fetched film.

    You placed some of the best actors in a film that was literally thrown

    Bill Murray seemed aloof/stoned whatever.

    The ”not talking” parts and then the subtitles were not really funny.
    Or was it suppose to be funny.

    And, do you really think our military can be that stupid, or no one in
    Hawaii could figure out what was really going on? Maybe Mr. Crowe was
    trying to show how stupid everyone was!

    WE all love Bradley Cooper’s eyes. We get it. But how many times do you
    need to zoom in.

    Oh yes, at the very beginning of film when they were zooming around
    Cooper and Stone with the camera. (I think hand held) I was truly
    getting Dizzy.

    I am so sad that this film just did not connect!

  • sean-ikedaMay 30, 2015Reply

    Hot Garbage

    Whoever thought it was time to revisit the Elvis style, all-white
    Hawaii (not just the main cast, but all extras and background players)
    and cast Emma Stone as a quarter- Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian needs to be
    shot in the face. I mean seriously, this ”Girls” level
    no-black-people-in-Brooklyn white washing is archaic and unnecessary.
    Considering the Sony email leaks lauding this as ”The last shitty
    script I approve” film, you think they could have rolled the dice just
    a little and cast any person of color.

    Also just another droll, illogical, completely trite and faceless
    romantic comedy.

  • chris daMay 30, 2015Reply

    Colossal waste of time

    Maybe worth s watch on Netfilx because it’s free, but other than that,
    don’t encourage Cameron to make another movie! A hot mess is a great
    description. Just awful.Save your money. Better yet, burn it, because
    the heat from the flame is way hotter than anything created in this s-

    Maybe worth s watch on Netfilx because it’s free, but other than that,
    don’t encourage Cameron to make another movie! A hot mess is a great
    description. Just awful.Save your money. Better yet, burn it, because
    the heat from the flame is way hotter than anything created in this s-

    Maybe worth s watch on Netfilx because it’s free, but other than that,
    don’t encourage Cameron to make another movie! A hot mess is a great
    description. Just awful.Save your money. Better yet, burn it, because
    the heat from the flame is way hotter than anything created in this s-

  • Clive BixbyMay 30, 2015Reply

    Where do I even begin…

    ….if I take any cues from this movie, I can just start this review
    wherever I please regardless of whether it flows or makes any sense.

    This film, and I use that term loosely, had to have been written by a
    computer virus that somehow got first drafts of a Timothy Dalton James
    Bond, Austin Powers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and some kind of
    hipster-social-injustice-message-masquerading-as-a-movie scripts. But
    really, computer viruses have gotten really good these days, surely one
    would have come up with something that at least made sense.

    Its almost like Mr. Crowe had a bunch of random video shot on an iPhone
    that he tried to piece together into something. Or like one of those
    books back when we were kids that at critical plot points you could
    pick the decision the main character made and the ending would be
    different – except that this movie picked every single option and
    played them all out.

    What could have been a promising rom-com with great leading actors in
    Cooper, Stone, and Murray wound up looking like the work of some
    schizophrenic fan fiction that ranks up there with movie masterpieces
    such as the recent Fifty Shades of Turd. Instead it turned into some
    loosely developed old girl vs new girl drama with some obvious social
    statements against the mistreatment of Hawaiians and their traditions,
    privatized space development, and the ‘guvmint. At the very least the
    film makers could have distracted us with some stunning cinematography
    of Hawaii but what we got was a few clips of something probably
    stripped off a YouTube wedding video.

    I didn’t have the luxury of narcotics or else this movie might have
    made more sense, so unless you have some potent ganja or some
    questionably prescribed pills, don’t waste your time on this film. Amy
    Pascal deserves her job back (google it) and the State of Hawaii,
    native Hawaiians, and the actors all deserve to be paid significant
    damages for what this steaming pile did to their reputations. Its not
    as if Cameron Crowe has a stellar record and he just had a bad day with
    this film, at this point he is a habitual offender and should be
    prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

  • cultfilmfreaksdotcomMay 30, 2015Reply

    A New Low In Filmmaking, Acting, & Everything Cinematic

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  • dariansdadMay 30, 2015Reply

    This is based on the 8-minute trailer with more to come.

    The only reason an 8-minute trailer is released is because there aren’t
    enough 10-second clips you can throw together to make a 3-minute tease
    that would make people want to see the movie. However, these eight
    minutes are not exactly what I would call ”enticing”.

    I was led to the clip by a headline that proclaimed the whole thing a
    pig and because I’m such a fan of Emma Stone that I would seriously
    consider paying $16.75 to watch her fart the phone book. Now that my
    life is 8 minutes shorter (not counting the time to post this review) I
    must say that with such huge names from director to supporting, this
    looks like a waste of $150,000,000 or whatever the budget was.

    The cast is awkward, overacting, distant and robotic. Virtually
    unwatchable but I think I may be jumping the gun. Could we possibly be
    watching a future cult-classic with every cliché jumbled together in
    such a way that you have to let it flow over you? I will update after
    seeing the entire feature.

  • senseandsenseMay 30, 2015Reply

    Wonderful Film

    I read these reviews and people are so mean . While there are a few
    disjointed elements. the film has a solid story, broad character
    development and in hallmark Cameron Crowe tradition great integration
    of story, emotion and music.. Good filmmaking make one root for the
    characters and we loved every lead character and their pure
    humanity/vulnerability which is a hallmark of Cameron Crowe. So we are
    lucky to have seen such a heartwarming film and the performances of
    Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper Bill Murray and John Krashinski. Boo to film
    snob. I am sure they nave no clue how hard it is to make a film ( I do)
    and more importantly how to touch people’s hearts.

  • Russ Matthews (russellingreviews)May 30, 2015Reply

    No ‘Mana’ in this muddled island romance

    Hawaii can be heaven and it can be hell. – Jeff Goldblum

    Walking into the cinema… Aloha seems to have all of the right
    elements: cast, director and writer. But will these elements lead to
    good chemistry?

    Overall Rating: 2.25 stars Cinematic rating: 2 stars Bigger questions
    rating: 2.5 stars

    Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is a celebrated military contractor
    that has fallen out of favour with most of the people in his life. His
    career is given a lifeline with an opportunity to redeem himself after
    a professional debacle that not only upended his career, but almost
    ended his life. This redemptive opportunity is found in the mountains
    of Hawaii. Within five days, he needs to negotiate a deal for the sake
    of a future partnership in space exploration between a corporate
    sponsor, the military and the local tribal leader. In amongst the
    trials of his professional challenges, Gilcrest must come to terms with
    past and new relationships on the island. This kaleidoscope of drama is
    coloured by his former girlfriend, Tracey (Rachel McAdams), her family,
    an eccentric billionaire, Carson Welch (Bill Murray), and a hard
    charging military liaison, Allison Ng ( Emma Stone). The self-absorbed
    contractor has to come to terms with letting go of his past love,
    determine what he is willing to sacrifice for redeeming all aspects of
    his life and how to respond to the love/hate relationship with Allison.
    This twisted pineapple dream is written and directed in the unique
    style of Cameron Crowe (Jerry McGuire).

    Crowe fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands while filming on location.
    He felt that the islands had a spiritual quality that touched his life
    and he calls Aloha, a love letter to Hawaii. Throughout his island
    story, he writes of many spiritual elements and the mythology of the
    volcanic islands, but gives special notice to the blowing winds which
    provide the ‘mana’ of the Hawaii. Mana is given credit as a magical
    element to the story when it blows through the trees, blows open doors
    and connects with the people who are aware of it. This island breeze
    seems to provide special powers that allow people or situations to go
    from the ordinary to the exceptional. In this cinematic island
    adventure, mana is assumed with the combination of this director and
    this acting ensemble. In the end, the assumption is wrong, the mana
    merely provides a short blast of air that blows in disappointment.

    There are whispers of Crowe’s signature writing abilities, but these
    short wisps are lost in the disjointed story and poor editing. Aloha
    proves to be a film that would have benefited from more story
    development, which would have provided a more robust character history.
    This history would have provided the depth of relationships and
    credibility for key plot points in this romantic tale that we have come
    to expect from Crowe. The jumbled plot diminished the chemistry and
    tensions in the central love triangle. This is most evident in the lack
    of chemistry between Cooper and Stone and the unbelievable reaction of
    Tracey to Cooper and her willingness to give up her family for him.
    Neither of these dimensions in the triangle lead to a satisfactory or
    plausible love story.

    The only satisfactory components in this narrative that provide a
    glimpse of the Crowe magic are found in the male camaraderie and the
    familial underpinnings. John Krasinski (The Office) is brilliant in
    developing a quiet foil to Cooper. The male communication model is
    hilarious, it adds strength to the characters and is a stabilising
    element to the disjointed writing. Even though the lead actors suffered
    from a lack of relational believability. Krasinski and McAdams deliver
    the most endearing and Crowe-esque ingredients The beautiful depiction
    of the Woodside family, despite their quirks and dysfunction, give
    Aloha a short- lived ‘mana’ experience. These brief windows of Crowe
    magic cause most of the mana to become a mere vapour. If Aloha was
    Cameron Crowe’s love letter to Hawaii, it might be worth marking it
    ‘Return to Sender.’

    Leaving the cinema… There were a few highlights, but they could not
    overcome the difficulties. Aloha had so much potential, but failed to
    deliver a satisfactory cinematic experience.

    Do not give up hope this year for good romantic comedies, Man Up would
    be Russelling Reviews romantic recommendation for the season.

    Reel Dialogue: What are some of the bigger questions to consider from
    this film? 1. What does the Bible have to say about romance? (Proverbs
    5: 18-19, Song of Solomon) 2. Can we find true redemption in this life?
    (Romans 3:24-26, Ephesians 1:7) 3. Where can we find real love, hope
    and joy in this broken world? (Acts 24:14-16, Romans 8:24)

    Written by Russell Matthews based on a five star rating system @
    Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews

  • Connor DillonMay 30, 2015Reply

    Cameron, What Happened?

    Aloha follows the story of Brian Gilcrest, a celebrated military
    contractor who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and
    re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for a
    hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Coming from Cameron
    Crowe, you initially know what to feel and what to contemplate when a
    film of his comes to the screen, he certainly did deliver all of his
    usual statistics in this but something was a bit off about all the
    accusations in the final results of this film. A good thing about
    making a film understandable is to have a comprehensible plot, the one
    question I was asking myself throughout most the film is ”What’s The
    Plot?”, I had no Idea what was going on, the film didn’t give any hint
    or accusation that made me wonder what the film is about until like a
    hour in. The forced affinity and love connection between Bradley Cooper
    and Emma Stone’s characters didn’t really fasten well, it really gets
    all up in your face. Given that Cooper’s character hated Stone’s
    character for half of the film and then suddenly they just fall for
    each other in a blink of a eye just doesn’t mesh together properly. The
    only good chemistry was between Cooper and McAdam’s characters really
    because they showed more emotion to each other. The script was a bit
    despondent with a lot of it not making any actual sense and have
    nothing to do with the film but at times it was actually quick-witted
    and clever that made you wish it was kept like throughout the film. The
    editing was cut really promptly with you saying ”Wait, What?”, it
    really continued to happen continually throughout the film with no
    premise to what happens in a few scenes. You could really recognize all
    of Crowe’s attributes with the soothing soundtrack, clever dialogue and
    brilliant humor that sparks out so effectively. Bill Murray and Alec
    Baldwin were really underused in this film with their lack of screen
    time. Overall, this film did have a sufficient ending that I loved but
    really didn’t make up for the rest of it, It continually had its
    moments but it did have some witty aspects that won me over but really
    this was one disappointing trip.

  • CleveMan66May 30, 2015Reply

    ”Aloha” is a typical Cameron Crowe film – a little disjointed, but with a terrific cast, great character development and delightfully quirky dialog.

    The focus of Cameron Crowe’s films has evolved, but they have
    consistently expressed a style that is all his own. The writer/director
    of ”Aloha” (PG-13, 1:45) has brought us over a dozen movies since the
    early 1980s. Crowe has served as both writer and director on most of
    them, meaning that each one expresses who he is as a filmmaker and as a
    man – consistent, open, sensitive and quirky – along with reflecting
    where he is on life’s journey at any given time. Except for an
    occasional fantasy/mystery (”Vanilla Sky”) or musical documentary (one
    on Tom Petty and one on Pearl Jam), most of Crowe’s films have been
    comedies, each with a generous helping of drama thrown in and usually a
    good bit of romance as well.

    But his focus has evolved. His early films are membered as iconic and
    eminently quotable: ”Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), ”Say
    Anything” (1989), ”Singles” (1992) and ”Jerry Maguire” (1996). With
    those last two, we start to see Crowe focus more on the concept of
    family, in a wide variety of forms. ”Almost Famous” (2000) and ”We
    Bought a Zoo” (2011) continued that trend. ”Jerry Maguire” and ”Almost
    Famous” also signal the beginning of a shift in which Crowe’s films
    increasingly emphasize one central character seeking redemption for
    past mistakes and/or simply sorting out what really matters to him and
    trying to find his place in the world. It’s a style that’s even more
    pronounced in 2005’s ”Elizabethtown” and 2015’s ”Aloha”. But through
    all these shifts, remaining remarkably consistent have been Crowe’s
    strong doses of character development and fun, quirky dialog.

    The central character in ”Aloha” is Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper), a
    former Air Force officer who is now a defense contractor working for
    billionaire Carson Welch (Bill Murray). Welch is one of the many rich
    businessmen who, in this age of dwindling budgets, the military depends
    on to help finance its satellites. Welch is a bit of a mystery, but not
    so Gilcrest. It’s not hard to see where he’s coming from. Once an
    idealistic young man fascinated with outer space, he has become cynical
    and virtually swallowed up by the compromises he has made to enhance
    his love life, his bank account and his position in the world. Over
    time, all this has caught up with him and now he finds himself with no
    moral or romantic compass, his looks and his charm seeming to be all
    that’s getting him through life. While deployed to Afghanistan, he made
    a couple big mistakes – one that almost ended his life and one that did
    end his military career. As the film opens, he’s headed to Hawaii, his
    old stomping grounds, to negotiate a deal with the locals that will
    allow the military to expand one of their bases and to launch new

    What Gilcrest thinks will be a simple mission that will take less than
    a week and give him a chance to get back in the game is complicated by
    ghosts from his past and new challenges in his present. When he lands
    in Honolulu, Gilcrest reunites with an odd former Air Force buddy,
    Colonel ”Fingers” Lacy (Danny McBride) and he’s also confronted with
    old flame Tracy Woodside (Rachel McAdams). She dumped him 13 years
    prior and married a stable but quiet (practically non-communicative)
    Air Force pilot named John ”Woody” Woodside (John Krasinski). Tracy
    also has a 12-year-old daughter named Grace (Danielle Rose Russell) who
    is trying to overcome her tween awkwardness by learning to dance the
    hula, and a 9-year-old son named Mitchell (Jaeden Lieberher) who is
    awkwardly obsessed with using his video camera to record everything and
    also spouting Hawaiian mythology and legends to anyone who will listen.
    While he’s forced to confront his past, Gilcrest’s overriding present
    concern is dealing with the extremely dedicated and overly perky Air
    Force liaison, Captain Allison Ng (pronounced ”Ing”), played by Emma
    Stone. Being one-quarter Hawaiian (as she keeps telling everyone),
    meticulous in the performance of her duties, and fascinated with the
    man in whom she sees greatness while still referring to as ”a wreck”,
    she insists on tagging along for a scheduled meeting between Gilcrest
    and his old acquaintance Dennis ”Bumpy” Kanahale. Playing himself, he’s
    President of what he calls ”The Hawaiian Nation”. Bumpy and his
    compatriots consider the over century-long American presence in Hawaii
    as a military occupation. It’s going to take all of Gilcrest’s
    negotiating skill and all of Ng’s deferential idealism to convince
    Bumpy to give his blessing to the expansion of the Air Force base.
    Meanwhile, suspiciously watching all of this from the sidelines is
    General Dixon (Alec Baldwin), a man who hates Gilcrest and may or may
    not be involved in some shady dealings with Murray’s character. ”Aloha”
    fits the mold of a typical Cameron Crowe film – a great cast with a
    somewhat disjointed but pleasant story. Through most of the movie, it
    seems that Crowe couldn’t decide if he wanted this movie to be a
    romantic comedy, a military drama or an ode to Hawaiian history and
    culture, much like ”The Descendants” (2011). As you’re watching Crowe’s
    story unfold, you begin to wonder if ”Aloha” exists mainly so we can
    watch the pretty people dance around each other, both literally and
    figuratively, but the pieces do eventually fit together. The film’s
    last 20 or so minutes become very focused, dramatic, romantic and even
    joyful. Along the way, the talented cast is a pleasure to watch, the
    dialog tickles the ear, the scenery provides a beautiful backdrop for
    the goings-on and there are some very memorable scenes. An ongoing joke
    about unspoken communication earns a big payoff at the end of the movie
    and Alec Baldwin’s big scene is every bit as funny as in the trailers.
    In short, this isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s a nearly perfect Cameron
    Crowe movie, with as many meanings as that one-word title has in the
    land of its origin. ”B+”

  • David Ferguson ([email protected])May 30, 2015Reply


    Greetings again from the darkness. Since I can usually find something
    of interest, it’s rare that I feel cheated after watching a movie. Of
    course, feeling disappointed happens more often, but feeling cheated is
    something altogether different and, unfortunately writer/director
    Cameron Crowe’s latest is the perfect reminder of that difference.

    Three outstanding lead actors (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel
    McAdams), a terrific and deep supporting cast, and a beautiful filming
    location of Hawaii mean that the fault lies with Mr. Crowe’s script and
    direction. The film plays like the broad strokes of a screenplay idea,
    rather than a finished product. It’s as if we are watching filmed
    rehearsals as a group of writers scramble to connect the story dots …
    still trying to determine if this is a drama or comedy.

    It seems the film was cast with a full-out comedy in mind, but then
    somewhere along the line, a narrative shift occurred with the hope of
    making a statement on the privatization of the military and space
    exploration. There is also an undercurrent of the mistreatment of
    native Hawaiians, as we are teased with cultural myths, legends and the
    distrust of the military. Trying to balance these topics with a more
    traditional romantic-comedy-three-way involving the main characters,
    results in a disjointed viewing experience that provides only a few
    chuckles, and a half-baked story of redemption.

    The gradual connection of Cooper and Stone (cast as a Navy Fighter
    Pilot) offers some initial verbal sparring that had potential for
    comedy gold, but inevitably spun off down a bunny trail of Hawaiian
    lore or the magic found in the sky. The re-connection of Cooper’s and
    McAdams’ characters seemed to have continuity holes that might have
    been left on the editing room floor. John Krasinski plays McAdams’
    husband, and his non-verbal exchanges are the highlight of the film,
    though the later subtitled version seems lifted from that drawing board
    straight comedy mentioned earlier.

    Bill Murray is cast as the duplicitous billionaire at the core of
    Cooper’s mission and chance at redemption, though mostly he just acts
    like Bill Murray with little explanation for his motives. Danny
    McBride, Alec Baldwin and Bill Camp have their moments, but much more
    should have been devoted to McAdams’ kids played by Jaeden Lieberher
    (St. Vincent) and Danelle Rose Russell).

    Cameron Crowe seems to have a driving need to examine interpersonal
    relationships and what causes some to work, while others falter. His
    film classics Say Anything, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous are
    impressive, but also many years in the past. The last fifteen years
    have produced Crowe projects that teeter between optimism and outright
    sap. On the bright side, he always has a knack for music, and on that
    front, he comes through again … ”Factory Girl” is blended with
    traditional Hawaiian songs and even Dylan and The Who. It’s because of
    this, that you won’t know for sure if your toe-tapping is due to the
    music or that gut feeling of being cheated.

  • bbickley13-921-58664May 30, 2015Reply

    Not impressive at all

    The movie tries to suck you in with a trailer and a poster that
    showcases the parade of stars in it, that would have been great if they
    weren’t just overblown and underused cameos surrounding this Bradley
    Cooper focused vehicle.

    The plot seems interesting. A washed up Air Force pilot helps a
    billionaire launch a private rocket. The development felt like an
    action thriller from a Tom Clancy novel, but the delivery falls well
    short of even a lame espionage movie.

    But it is a Cameron Crowe film so what we’re really expecting is a
    movie about people connecting with one another

    Though the movie has its sweet moments, overall it falls short of
    fulling warming or touching the heart. The whole thing is splashed
    together too quickly and the pace did not allow me to feel enough for
    anyone to a point were I can say this movie is worth seeing

  • simcard-40799May 30, 2015Reply

    Give it a try. This lives up to its All-Star cast.

    I am well aware of all the shade and low reviews thrown at this movie,
    however this did not stop me from seeing it and frankly I’m glad it
    didn’t. To me it lived up to the All-Star cast, Emma Stone, Rachel
    McAdams AND Bradley Cooper, do I even need to bring up all their
    academy award nominations?? And they did not disappoint in Aloha. There
    couldn’t be a better setting for the movie than Hawaii, the whole
    scenery in the movie is beautiful and fits the characters and story
    well. I will say that a couple parts of the story line fell a bit flat
    and were slightly disconnected but the overall plot and story played
    out well which I personally thought made for a great ending. Oh and the
    subtle humor satisfies the comedy side quite well (thank John Krasinski
    and Alec Baldwin for a lot of that).

    So overall I was very pleased with this film and if you are on the
    fence as to see this film or not all I have to say is give it a shot!

  • Edgar Allan PoohMay 30, 2015Reply

    The sinister plot to break up America . . .

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • screams_3May 30, 2015Reply

    It will make your wife happy

    I read the reviews before going to the movie, after reading reviews
    like ”Will it end Emma Stone career?” I was expecting a total disaster.
    Being married, I saw a bunch of chick flick that were painful to watch
    (aka. The Big Wedding), and ”Aloha!” is not one of them.

    As a men, I was a little bored, I had a look at my watch a few times,
    but it is not painful to watch. I had to go see a chick flick if I want
    my wife to be willing to go watch people being eating alive in Jurassic
    World in 2 weeks.

    My wife was happy, she had a great night. In fact, all the woman in the
    theater were having fun…by the way the theater was full. They were
    laughing, had a few tears at the end.

    After the movie, I was watching people leaving and it was always the
    same scenario, 2 woman talking together totally excited (probably by
    Bradley Cooper) and behind there was the 2 husbands walking looking
    completely bored.

    It’s a chick flick….what do you expect?

  • avirarivaMay 31, 2015Reply

    I Want To Have Romance With All These Women.I wish they were lesbians.

    Aloha is a Great Comedy and Romance with irresistible women and great

    Aloha movie tells the story of a shameful military defense contractor
    (Bradley Cooper) who is rehired by an old boss to supervise the launch
    of a weapons satellite in Hawaii. Upon his arrival he reconnects with
    an old love (Rachel McAdams) but finds himself becoming increasingly
    attracted to an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) assigned to watch over

    If you are looking for a perfect Romantic Comedy and if you love sexy
    women,see Aloha.

  • ddam0767May 31, 2015Reply

    GIGO (Garbage In – Garbage Out)

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Matthew Luke BradyMay 31, 2015Reply

    Aloha sadly falls flat

    It really dose hurt when a movie you being looking forward to turns out
    to be a big disappointment, what hurts more is that it was a huge miss
    opportunity for being something great.

    The story is about celebrated military contractor returns to the site
    of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu,
    Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling
    for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

    Aloha was my most anticipated film of 2015 just because of the big name
    cast and the director himself, I mean Cameron Crowe as a film making is
    just amazing, yeah he had some down falls with his movie but he also
    made some fantastic movies that today is he’s best work. Say Anything,
    Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous was him at his prime and judging by the
    trailer of this movie he looked like he was going back to his best,
    that’s why I was looking forward to it. After seeing the movie… this
    movie sucks, I mean what a freaking disappointment this movie was. 2015
    so far has so hard hitting disappointments and this is one of them.

    Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray and Rachel McAdams all do fine
    in they roles and what they had to work with. They didn’t do anything
    special in the movie just okay and to me that’s the biggest waste of
    talent, I mean you got big name actors in this movie and they do
    alright performance. Just a waste.

    There’s moments in this movie were it was a bit interesting with the
    dialogue from the character’s and the overall setting of the movie, but
    even that doesn’t last very long.

    Now for problems: The chemistry between Bradly Cooper and Emma Stone
    dose not work at all, I mean they had zone chemistry with each other
    and I thought it will be best if they were like best friends not

    Bill Murray has nothing to do in this movie, but in the trailer for
    this movie he gave such a moving and true to life speech and I couldn’t
    wait to see it in the movie I mean even if the movie wasn’t so good at
    least I get to here the speech right? well that didn’t happen at all
    and Bill Murray himself has got nothing to do in this movie, so that’s
    another waste right there.

    The movie itself is dull and it feels like a 4 hour movie at times with
    the messy pasting and the uninteresting character’s. I wanted this
    movie to be great I really did, but it sadly came off as a mess of the
    film that could have been so much better.

  • ShelbyTMItchellMay 31, 2015Reply

    Cute Film In An All Star Cast

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • katewodiukMay 31, 2015Reply

    Feel Good Movie

    It is not often that I see a movie that leaves me feeling good, but
    this one did. The characters were likable people. The relationships
    between the characters were interesting. The plot was simple and sweet.
    It is a romantic comedy, so it’s easy to see how things are going to
    turn out, but the ending was still a pleasant surprise. There are
    plenty of things throughout the movie that made me laugh.

    I love the cast. Bill Murray is an all time favorite. Rachael McAdams
    is adorable as always. John Krazinski is handsome and silently funny.
    Emma Stone is beautiful and goofy. Bradley Cooper is hot and
    complicated. What more could you want in a romantic comedy?

  • David R. PhilipJune 1, 2015Reply

    This isn’t really a rom-com

    This isn’t really a rom-com. It’s the story of a broken man trying to
    pick up the pieces after a contractor-deployment injury left him 18
    broken bones; there’s a line in the plane in the first few minutes that
    indicate he might have lost more, which changes the entire story and
    nature of possible romantic encounters. Romantic attachment is part of
    the story but it’s way more serious than rom-com. The kind of comedy
    isn’t as light as the ”com” in ”rom- com” either.

    It’s a strong film with a light mystical side to it, courtesy of a
    magical child-character and Emma Stone’s character.

    Peripherally it sheds light on the privatization of the military, and
    gives the viewer in inside view of Air Force culture in a place cut off
    from the mainland.

    The acting is solid, the plot is inextricable from the setting, and
    there is a pretty clear plot.

  • statuskuoJune 1, 2015Reply

    Means Hi And Bye

    In today’s climate, we do tend to pile on hate. And, this had A TON
    heaped on it. For what reason? I’m not completely sure. The plot is
    thin, the dialogue hammy, but…the actors involved are just
    that…involved. The commitment to deliver bad lines well is a craft
    and art in itself. And to Stone and Cooper’s credit, they do that. If
    you look at Cameron Crowe’s movies, this is typical of most of his
    films. Low on story, HUGE on heart. And that isn’t a bad thing in a
    really cynical world. These movies should exist. It’s a movie world. It
    has zero basis in the reality crap we see on t.v. nowadays. THAT’S
    precisely what I took from it. Crowe’s world isn’t suppose to be
    raw…it’s suppose to be Hollywood-ized. And people hate that. Why?
    Again, you’d have to see where we are in society now. These are
    beautiful people, doing beautiful things in a beautiful world. That’s
    long passed us. So it’s seen as nostalgia. Not a bad thing. Just a bad
    thing when you try to pin it in some reality.

    Granted, I did feel Cooper’s casting was off. Not because he doesn’t
    have the chops. But someone that handsome who’s portrayed to have deep
    flaws doesn’t ring completely true. Originally Ben Stiller was
    involved. And it would’ve been a far more interesting choice. Or say
    someone like Seth Rogen, who could pull off the wounded soul thing. But
    for critics to destroy it in the way they did, I think speaks more
    towards maybe not even seeing the movie and relying on what other
    critics have said. Or just reading the synopsis.

    Do I want to like a Cameron Crowe movie? Not really. His projects like
    ”Singles” or ”Almost Famous” don’t age well. But for this film, you get
    a straight forward romance with nothing new under the sun.

  • lucasnochezJune 1, 2015Reply

    Film Review: Aloha

    Aloha is a film that doesn’t quite know if it’s coming or going. This
    is fitting as the title itself is the literal translation in Hawaiian
    for greeting or parting with someone, in this instance, someone you
    never care to meet ever again.

    The newest film from Cameron Crowe, a filmmaker that has been riding
    the wave of the mid-nineties and early two-thousands with films like
    Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous with occasional emotional glimpses of
    talent (mostly in Vanilla Sky and We Bought A Zoo), never really
    clicks. Lacking any sort of obvious purpose or overall foundation and
    filled with characters who know less than what we know about them, the
    film confuses beyond belief right from its first frames. Characters,
    along with the film itself, are covered and soaked in convoluted, not
    artistic, ambiguity.

    The opening, characterized by an uninspiring and unnecessary voice-over
    with protagonist Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) telling a back-story
    that could be just about any human on the planet and a mission of
    blessing a pedestrian gate, automatically sends the film to the
    direction of complete absurdity. Thankfully, the one thing Mr. Crowe
    does well is making this film, along with each of its characters,
    magnetized to its lead – Brian Gilcrest – a role Cooper will surely NOT
    get his fourth Oscar nomination in a row for.

    These characters include Bradley Cooper’s Brian Gilcrest, a contractor
    who was a military man and began working for corporate billionaires;
    Bill Murray’s Carson Welch, one of Gilcrest’s previous employers and a
    huge billionaire in search of owning the sky with satellites; Rachel
    McAdams’ Tracy Woodside, an ex to Gilcrest and a civilian in charge of
    dealing with recently departed soldiers; John Krasinski’s Woody
    Woodside (I swear that’s his name), a husband to Tracy and a pilot who
    doesn’t speak to his wife for reasons unknown, and of course, Emma
    Stone’s Allison Ng, an F-22 fighter-pilot who is tasked with being
    Gilcrest’s watchdog/chaperon again for reasons unknown.

    Sadly, Crowe, who directed, wrote, and produced Aloha, is very close to
    kissing a credible career as a filmmaker goodbye. Introducing the
    audience to too many characters at once, using a mix bag of filming
    technique such as long takes that never really connect with audiences,
    and adding a ridiculous amount of not-so-subtle analogies and Hawaiian
    mythology, Crowe will be ranting, raving, and begging audience members
    to come see his newest film and show him the money, especially with
    such a large $37 million dollar budget.

    One of the biggest mysteries of the film, aside from its obsession to
    the Hawaiian supernatural, is how it was able to conjure up such an
    impressive ensemble cast. I mean, did anyone even read the script or
    were they just enamoured to work with Crowe despite his ability to
    score with audiences quite a long time ago?

    Crowe, who began his artistic career as the youngest ever contributor
    to Rolling Stone magazine, always manages to connect with audience, if
    not visually, then sonically, through a trained ear accompanied by
    fantastic soundtracks and scores. After all, his most beloved pet
    project Almost Famous features one of the most commercially successful
    soundtracks in cinematic history. This time around, Aloha features an
    onslaught of Hawaiian sounds, composed by his recent frequent
    collaborator Jonsi, who not only add no dimension to the film’s aura,
    but seem just as boring as elevator music you’d expect in the tropical

    Many people won’t even bother seeing Aloha this weekend on the big
    screen, as I also don’t expect the film to get much bigger of a
    following on VOD or on-demand. Many of the few souls that do watch the
    film may find that Emma Stone’s character Allison holds most of the
    film’s heart and soul. I strongly disagree as Stone provides the film
    with the majority of its forceful island wisdom and supernatural
    irrelevance. Though, I do strongly believe that the actress, especially
    after her exceptionally convincing performance in Birman has a bright
    and promising future as a defining movie star. Sadly, it just really
    isn’t seen here.

    Cooper may very well be the best part of Aloha as well as the tall,
    dark, and silent Krasinski, who doesn’t do much but strut his stuff and
    act all mysteriously enigmatic. Cooper seems to be having the most fun
    with his tormented, soul-selling character, even if we don’t know why
    he is selling it, or to who. If there is one thing that Aloha does
    well, it is that it makes everything and anything about the life of
    Brian Gilcrest. Sadly, the love triangle between Gilcrest, Woodside,
    and Ng isn’t anything more than a bumbling disaster of regrets, would
    haves, should haves, and surprising narrative twists. Relationships,
    attractions, and love stories created completely from thin air without
    any merit or reason is also one of the main reasons why Aloha never
    gets a warm welcome. Characters instantly regretting past decisions
    then moving on with their lives with others is one of the most
    inconsistent and confusing elements of the film’s dying heart.

    The unfortunate thing is that Cameron Crowe is a fantastic screenwriter
    and is responsible for so many defining popular culture moments in his
    expansive and proud filmography (think, ”You had me at Hello” and ”Show
    me the money”). Ironically enough, some of the best scenes in Aloha
    revolve around the silence and lack of dialogue between its characters.
    Scenes involving revelatory truths between the two men in Tracy’s life
    are mostly comprehensible with the help of only facial expressions and
    subtitles (even though both men speak English fluently), adding a very
    unexpected and small charm to the film just a little too late.

  • Raz AbrahamyanJune 1, 2015Reply

    not a good movie

    Ever since I heard about this movie and saw the trailer I got very
    intrigued. It is directed and written by Cameron Crowe (”Jerry
    Maguire”, ”Almost Famous”) and is filled with an all-star cast; so what
    could go wrong? Well pretty much everything.

    The movie turned out to be very boring and dull from the beginning to
    the end. It is about a classic love triangle between the guy, the ex,
    and the new girl. Usually I don’t mind this kind of movies and
    sometimes even end up enjoying them, however this one was just putting
    me to sleep. There is no chemistry between the main characters, the
    dialogue is really bad, and the circumstances surrounding this love
    triangle are even more dumb. The movie was trying to be funny, but it
    just wasn’t. The only parts that I thought were funny, and I kind of
    enjoyed were the ones with Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski, and they
    were only in the movie for about two minutes each. Overall, very
    disappointed by this movie and by the fact that the actors that I am
    huge fan of let me down so much.

  • jadepietroJune 2, 2015Reply


    (Rating: ☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is not recommended by both reviewers.

    In brief: A trip to a tropical isle that is far from paradise.

    GRADE: C

    First, a short English lesson. A contronym is a word that can have an
    opposite meaning but placed in the correct context, that meaning
    becomes clear. As in: strike (to hit or to miss) or left (remained or
    departed) or as in Aloha (hello or goodbye) or Cameron Crowe’s latest
    romantic comedy. It really is the cheeriest of contradictions, a
    paradox onto itself, a conundrum. Which also sums up my opinion about
    this totally forgettable movie. Nothing becomes clear in this well-made
    but disappointing romantic comedy. The actors are misused in a
    meandering script that wastes the time and talents of all involved,
    including the movie-going audience.

    All the stock characters are there, the roguish cynical anti-hero type
    named Brian Gilcrest (winningly played by Bradley Cooper), his former
    love interest, Tracy (Rachel MacAdams), and an undeniable idealistic
    new force of nature that enters his life, Alison Ng (Emma Stone). (This
    character also created a scandal of sorts in real life when controversy
    arose about the film’s whitewashed views of the Hawaiian heritage and
    the fact that a Caucasian actress was chosen to play the role of a
    native resident, shades of Miss Saigon. Let’s just say Ms. Stone is no
    Mickey Rooney either, fortunately. Her likability as an actress is
    there on the screen even if her credibility is sorely lacking. This
    miscasting throws the film off kilter and it never fully recovers.)

    Aloha’s thin plot involves big business and our military machine
    joining forces to take over sacred land for homeland security purposes
    with Brian selling his unethical soul as he tries to make this deal
    happen. All this while he is reconnecting with his former sweetheart
    and falling for another soul-mate. These two story lines never gel or
    register any emotional interest.

    Crowe tries to set up realistic situations for his actors to explore,
    but it’s all played with far too many heavy-handed touches. Parts of
    the film do have their charm and the dialog has some clever moments.
    (Crowe has a talent for amusing conversations and pithy catch phrases
    such as in better films like Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire.) But in
    Aloha, everyone seems to be overly caffeinated in their break-paced
    delivery and quirky attitudes.

    Characters barely resemble real people, more like eccentrics brought
    together as plot devices to push the action along. The roster of
    supporting personalities includes a wise-beyond-his- years philosopher
    child who is into mysticism and filmmaking (Jaeden Lieberher), a rich
    businessman with ulterior motives (Bill Murray), a hot-tempered bully
    of a general (Alec Baldwin, typecast once again in a blustery role), an
    unfunny sidekick with nervous tics called Colonel ”Fingers” Lacy (a
    dreadful Danny McBride), a literally silent soldier husband unable to
    express himself to his loving wife (John Krasinski, giving the film’s
    strongest performance), and an Hawaiian leader (actual nationalist,
    Dennis Bumpy Kanahele) whose t-shirt ‘Hawaiian by Birth / American by
    Force” sums up his entire character and the true serious theme for
    Crowe’s film which sadly gets lost amid the silly romantic

    Crowe’s film is overstuffed with too many undeveloped sub-plots and
    characters that rarely make sense. They’re all strung together and just
    lei there (pardon the pun). The film wants to welcome its movie-going
    audience with open arms; to be funny, loving, and warm all over. Yet
    there is an underlying desperate need to please, as when any tourist
    arrives on the island to its fanfare of insincere but beautifully
    staged welcomes. Aloha, unlike the actual word itself, can’t have it
    both ways.

  • HellmantJune 2, 2015Reply

    I used to be a big fan of Cameron Crowe’s, in his glory days!

    ‘ALOHA’: Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    Writer/director Cameron Crowe’s new romantic comedy flick; about a
    defense contractor who moves back to Hawaii, to supervise the US space
    program there. He has romantic complications with an old flame and a
    new love interest; in the form of a spunky Air Force pilot, that’s
    supposed to watch over him. The film stars an all- star cast; including
    Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John
    Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin. The movie was panned by
    critics, and it’s considered a disappointment at the Box Office as well
    (considering all the talent involved). It has moments, but I’m mostly
    disappointed with it.

    Cooper plays Brian Gilcrest; a military contractor who was recently
    assigned to oversee the space program in Honolulu, Hawaii. The military
    is planning to launch a special satellite there. Gilcrest used to work
    in Honolulu, many years earlier, and was almost married. His former
    girlfriend, Tracy Woodside (McAdams), now has a husband (Krasinski) and
    two children. Brian’s return home, complicates things for her; and her
    family. Brian also develops a relationship with an Air Force pilot,
    Allison Ng (Stone), that’s assigned to watch over him.

    I used to be a big fan of Cameron Crowe’s, in his glory days (‘ALMOST
    FAMOUS’, ‘JERRY MAGUIRE’, ‘SAY ANYTHING’, etc.), so this movie is
    especially a let down for me. It has of all the ingredients of a
    classic Crowe film (including an amazing cast), but it never comes
    together quite right. I’m also a big Bradley Cooper fan, so seeing the
    two together, seemed like a movie that couldn’t go wrong (How did
    Cooper go from starring in two of the biggest hits of last year,
    ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ and ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’, to making two of the
    biggest bombs of this year, ‘ALOHA’ and ‘SERENA’?!). The characters all
    seem like good rough draft versions of likable movie roles, but they
    never seem like real people; and the dialogue often seems completely
    forced. The movie also feels really rushed, and underdeveloped, and I’m
    sure a lot of important stuff must have been left on the cutting room
    floor. There was potential here for a much better movie; but as it is,
    it’s a pretty big disappointment.

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  • sadira_lotusJune 2, 2015Reply

    Loved it!

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  • mcgregorrowlandJune 2, 2015Reply

    Not great but a nice feel good movie

    Now I’m not a chick flick person but when I saw the trailer to this
    movie it was just one of those movies that looked good. And it was an
    OK movie but it was not like AMAZING.

    There was some things in the movie that just did not work well with the
    plot and it was just kind of weird. I do not want to tell what these
    things were as it will spoil the movie.

    On the other hand Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone were awesome together
    and the same with Cooper and Rachel McAdams. These characters made the
    movie flow smoothly and also pretty much made the movie work. You felt
    happy for these 3 characters which made you smile when the end credits
    rolled up. But other than that, there was nothing special about the
    other characters or events that happened in this movie which made the
    movie a little cheesy.

    If your looking for a mediocre flick and you wanna watch a nice feel
    good movie then you will enjoy watching this.

  • Quietb-1June 2, 2015Reply

    Should have been much better.

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  • Likes_Ninjas90June 3, 2015Reply

    What a cast and what a disappointment

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  • imjohnjohnJune 3, 2015Reply

    Ethnocentric whitewashing revisited! Outrageous and unacceptable!

    SHAME on Cameron Crowe for whitewashing, casting white actors to play
    people of color! And shame on him AGAIN for an insincere apology!

    Shame on Emma Stone too for accepting and going along with such
    shameful whitewashing and not standing up and rejecting such

    It is unthinkable that in 2015 in the 21st century, there are still
    insensitive boobs like these that are still casting white actors to
    play people of color!

    It is outrageous, unacceptable and extremely infuriating!

    Was all that recent racial tension and unrest for nothing?

    Are white Americans really this thick-skinned that they cannot get it i
    to their sun bleached heads that such racially insensitive
    ethnocentrism is not only not okay, it is what is splintering our
    society and nation, and hijacking it from evolving forward to a better
    society and nation? Enough is enough!!

  • viewsonfilm.comJune 3, 2015Reply

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  • shawneofthedeadJune 4, 2015Reply

    The white stuff – and also the wrong stuff.

    Typically, movies with an acclaimed director and top-notch cast arrive
    in cinemas trailing Oscar buzz. Not so Aloha, however, which drags in
    its wake a raft of controversies. Chiefly, Cameron Crowe has been
    lambasted for his unfortunate decision to cast whiter-than-white Emma
    Stone as high-flying air-force cadet Allison Ng, who’s a quarter
    Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese. That’s off-putting enough, to be sure,
    especially since no one in the film – including Ng herself – seems to
    be able to pronounce her surname. But the even bigger problem with
    Aloha is that it’s, quite simply, a mess of a film: an amiable mess, in
    parts, but a mess nonetheless.

    Once a boy who dreamt of exploring the stars, former military man Brian
    Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) sold his soul many moons ago to
    money-grubbing corporations with designs on outer space. After a
    serious screw-up in Kabul, he’s been handed a second chance in Hawaii
    by billionaire Carson Welch (Bill Murray) – he’s tasked with getting
    the king of the Hawaiian nation, an old buddy, to perform a blessing
    for Welch’s latest, privately-funded project. But Brian finds himself
    reluctantly mixing business with pleasure: as he bickers and banters
    with his perky, idealistic air-force liaison Allison Ng, he’s plunged
    back into memories of his troubled past when he runs into Tracy (Rachel
    McAdams), an ex-girlfriend who’s started a new life with her husband
    Woody (John Krasinki).

    To say Aloha is awkwardly written is an understatement. Crowe
    reportedly worked on the script for four years, as stars like Ben
    Stiller and Reese Witherspoon came and went. But very little of that
    effort is evident on screen. The film never quite decides what it wants
    to be. It swings from a drama about one man’s spiritual rehabilitation
    to a bizarre rom-com love rectangle, spiced with a gently political
    (and yes, blithely racist and white-centric) meditation on the land,
    the sky and Hawaii’s place in America. None of it strictly makes sense
    or connects with anything else, before culminating in a surreal
    sequence lifted out of a B-grade apocalyptic thriller. (Where do
    Brian’s hacker skills come from?!) Small wonder that former Sony
    co-chairman Amy Pascal lamented in one of her leaked e-mails: ”I’m
    never starting a movie again when the script is ridiculous.”

    Even the characterisation – typically Crowe’s strong suit – wavers and
    wobbles all over the place. It’s hard to tell whether and when we’re
    supposed to sympathise with Brian, because his motivations for pretty
    much everything he does never become clear. The other characters in his
    orbit are paper-thin, buoyed more by the charisma of the actors playing
    them than the words they’re asked to speak. Tracy’s reaction to Brian’s
    reappearance in her life is particularly puzzling: is she flirting with
    him? Does she love Woody at all? Is she trying to hint at Brian about
    their past, or give him advice on his future? As with most things in
    this film, it’s a confusing mix of everything Crowe has dumped into the
    script, shorn of focus and, oftentimes, logic.

    Admittedly, there are a few patches of charm that shine through the
    whole mess. Crowe’s cast is devastatingly white, yes, but – for what
    it’s worth – they are all very good, very watchable actors. It’s fun to
    watch Murray and Stone, buddies from their Zombieland days, perform a
    super-weird pas de deux on the dance floor, and Alec Baldwin is very
    funny as a perennially shouty general. Krasinski pulls off some great
    comedy – and a little tragedy – as the taciturn Woody, particularly in
    a final face-off with Cooper that’s easily one of the highlights of the
    film. Bits of Crowe’s dialogue sing, as does his trademark bouncy,
    eclectic soundtrack.

    It’s far from enough to salvage the entire film, however. Fans of
    Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire would know that Crowe has an ear for
    dialogue and a knack for romance and kooky optimism. But that, as Aloha
    definitively proves, do not a good movie necessarily make. There are a
    few interesting ideas simmering beneath the surface of Crowe’s
    sun-kissed film, but they never really break through. Most of the time,
    the film drifts along on its own strange internal rhythms, depending
    too much on its put-upon cast to unearth logic and sense where,
    perhaps, there isn’t any to be found.

  • Brenda DonargoJune 5, 2015Reply

    I loved it I don’t care what the critics say. I say see it

    I think they are being way to hard on this movie. And it’s not just
    another rom com. I laughed and cried …the acting was great, the story
    was touching and dimensional as were the characters. It might have been
    a little predictable in spots but in the best way. And I loved the
    soundtrack. I think Mr. Crowe is a genius and that the cast chemistry
    was inspired. I could see real life situations in the movie and most
    rom com’s can’t really say that ( though they are enjoyable and have
    their place). This is a movie that will appeal to a lot of people of
    many ages and of both sexes. I give it two thumbs up. Take a chance I
    think you will agree.

    A movie buff.

  • leslie_macJune 6, 2015Reply

    Fun Summer flick!

    I really enjoyed this cute, light-hearted romantic comedy despite some
    of the negative reviews I had been reading. I’d reluctantly joined a
    friend and really wasn’t expecting much, but surprisingly found Aloha
    to be very entertaining, heartwarming and fun. Perhaps it didn’t have
    the most complex plot, but both of us thought it was a great story
    about relationships, past hurts, and love – bringing lots of laughter
    and some twists and tears in the end. I found that the mix of
    characters worked very well together and they really grew on me as the
    movie progressed. The Hawaiian scenes and music brought back some fond
    memories of days spent on the Islands. Loved the mix of cast and
    characters and would definitely recommend this story for a fun, light,
    summer flick!

  • theRetireeJune 6, 2015Reply

    Give Aloha A Break

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    Aloha is a Hit Worthy of the Writer/Director of Say Anything

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  • dsa caJune 7, 2015Reply

    We may now say Aloha to Mr. Crowe

    When Miss Zellweger’s character Dorothy sobbingly tells Jerry Maguire,
    ‘You had me at Hello’ after abruptly ending Jerry’s ‘You complete me’
    speech, it all seems completely corny in now very typical Cameron Crowe
    style. Or in Almost Famous, when Miss Penny Lane says to William ‘It’s
    all happening’ and when Lester Bangs talks about ‘Industry of Cool’;
    when out of context, just one word, corny.

    But all those dialogs became memorable as they were part of well
    written stories and characters. Most of these Cameron Crowe dialogs are
    now oft repeated pop culture references.

    In one of the multiple endings of Mr. Crowe’s new movie ‘Aloha’,
    Bradley Cooper’s character Brian Gilchrest is standing outside a dance
    class watching one of the girls, performing a Hawaiian dance routine,
    who after a brief moment bursts in tears and comes out to give a warm
    hug to Mr. Cooper. The audience by now must have lost track of what the
    movie is about. Even if they are paying the highest amount of
    attention, they may not be able to shed a tear of joy with the two
    protagonists. Nothing that is played out within the 105 minutes running
    time has done anything to conjure up to the emotional hug towards the

    And it is same for the rest of the endings. The prophecy revealed
    earlier this year in the Sony email hacks comes true and it is for real
    that ‘Aloha’ the new feature by Mr. Cameron Crowe is a confused mess.

    Mr. Crowe gets into his Elizabethtown mode and comes up with a movie
    worse than the 2005 Orlando-Kirsten starrer Dramedy. A male protagonist
    juggling multiple things like ex-girlfriends & her family and reviving
    his failing military contractor career is teamed up with pixie-dream
    girl who is supposed to be of Hawaiian-Asian heritage, but is as white
    as they come because this is a Hollywood production.

    The casting is least of this film’s problem. The character’s barely act
    as per the situation. John Krasinski brings up the laughs but his
    character makes no sense. John plays Rachel McAdam’s husband, who does
    not speak much and mostly expresses his emotion by touching or hugging.
    But when his marriage is falling apart, you would expect his character
    to straighten up but the movie just ties the ending happily without
    addressing John’s character’s frustrating silence trait.

    One also cannot blame the written characters if the situations and plot
    lines are thin as a paper. Apparently Mr. Crowe researched in Hawaii
    for many years while writing the script. And it shows that he is trying
    to say something about USA’s ”approach” towards Hawaii and is trying
    showcase Hawaiian culture. But all he could muster is some mystical
    folklore and background dancers to showcase Hawaii.

    Emma Stone’s character Allison Ng is supposed to represents the
    Hawaiian perspective, but it is completely lost on the audience. All we
    see is a Emma Stone speaking about some alien exotic culture that she
    is fascinated with. She fails to immerse in her character for obvious
    reasons and later on in the movie she is the Pixie dream girl who is
    going to change Mr. Brokenhearted Cooper’s career and life.

    Bill Murray’s Eli Musk character is so underwritten that the finale’s
    satellite launch gives the film the b-grade sci-fi stench.

    Miss McAdam tries hard to bring out some emotional touch to scenes with
    her barely present opposite characters of Bradley and John, but the
    disjointed editing fails her completely. Creaking doors, staring kids
    and other characters without any dialogs; the editing creates a whole
    another mess to the already fallen apart situation.

    This film in the ends takes down with it the most anticipated words on
    the movie posters of the late nineties and early 2000; A Cameron Crowe
    Film. Mr. Crowe’s next movie has to be something special to pull in
    some audience at the cinemas playing it, as Aloha feels like a final
    goodbye from the audience to him.

  • shanny-leahJune 7, 2015Reply

    All star cast can’t fix the terrible storyline and poor writing of this film.

    I Went to see this movie because the trailer made it look like an
    upbeat and romantic chick flick, but the terrible writing and storyline
    made it a complete snooze fest!

    I had high hopes for this, considering that it had such an amazing
    cast, and an Oscar winning writer/director, but the barley existent
    love triangle and the boring sub plot could not save this train wreck
    of a movie.

    I have never been tempted to leave a cinema before, but I guess there’s
    a first time for everything!

    3/10 Save your money and time – don’t see this movie!

  • Nesdon BoothJune 7, 2015Reply

    Ignore the media on this one

    As a film maker and former film school professor, I have a lot of my
    students as friends on Facebook. Many of them, most notably ones of
    Asian descent, came out full of vitriol and condemnation of this film,
    many of them before they had even seen it, as did a lot of the popular

    IGNORE THEM! This is Cameron Crowe back in form. The film in no way
    disrespects Hawaiian culture or ignores its aboriginal and Asian
    populations, in fact it celebrates them. Emma Stone as a character
    named Allison Ng (”My dad was half Chinese and half Hawaiian… so I’m
    1/4 Hawaiian”) had to be played by a white actress in that she is
    referencing exactly that desire of some white people to pawn themselves
    off as ethic. She does it marvelously.

    In fact the whole cast is amazing, with a script that absolutely
    sparkles, especially in its frequent nods to non-verbal communication.
    The last, most moving and completely wordless scene is worth the price
    of admission. Danielle Rose Russell’s performance in this scene is
    breathtaking, and she is completely luminous through out, even though
    she has only a handful of lines.

    Others with only handfuls of lines who make the film really shine are
    John Krazinski, Bill Murray and Alex Baldwin. The three leads are all
    amazing, with Stone a little over the top (tho appropriate for her
    character) and I think this is as good a work as Rachel McAdams has
    ever done.

    I have to admit that the plotting of the whole military contractor
    subplot had a few too many little deus ex machina bows tied around it,
    but it was all maguffin for the beautiful insights into human heart and
    its connections anyway. And not nearly as preposterous as the
    embarrassing Elizabethtown.

    I put a lot of store in IMDb ratings, and I have never seen them as far
    off the mark as they are with this film. I am a progressive, and expect
    cultural respect from Hollywood, but this may be another sad case of
    the hidden ability for random accusations of political incorrectness to
    cow the media.

  • Ian JohnsonJune 8, 2015Reply

    This film was well acted, but jumbled.

    Aloha is a complicated film to summarize. Our protagonist is Brian
    Gilcrest, a washed out military contractor who is returning to Hawaii
    after over a decade to look over some ceremony. He is introduced to
    many people from his past, such as his lost love, Tracy, who is now
    married to another man and has two children. He is attached to a super
    optimistic liaison of sorts, named Allison Ng so the local military can
    keep an eye on him. Once this was established, things seemed to just
    happen. Relationships formed, truths were revealed, conflicts arose and
    other events just sort of happened. I felt that the flow of the film
    was quite poor. I liked many of the scenes in the film, but many of
    them just popped into the plot and felt either forced or unnecessary.
    The best way to describe this phenomenon is to say that if you where to
    show someone any three random scenes from the film without context, the
    viewer would probably like most of them, but in the context of the film
    they feel off and disjoined. The trailer pulled this effect off rather
    well. Almost every film ever made uses foreshadowing. These tiny and
    subtle hints that reference the future can add tension and can be used
    to play with the minds of the audience. In this film, however, most
    attempts at foreshadowing were too obvious and overdone. This made many
    of the plot points predictable. I could expand further on how many of
    the plot points felt forced, but the film briefly talked about the
    future being a force that directs life in unknown directions, so I’ll
    let that slide. There are many positives to this film, though. The
    acting is really good. Every actor is on their A-game. There are a lot
    of characters in this film, but since most of them are well
    characterized they all remain memorable and feel like more than just
    random people used to fill up the plot. Some people have subtle and
    not- so-subtle quirks and personality traits that bring them to life
    very well. There is also this underlying feeling of peace underneath
    all of the conflict that happens. It’s like the islands of Hawaii are
    characters as well. In the end, there is a lot to like and a lot to
    dislike and your enjoyment of the film will be based on what you look
    for in films.

  • tabunoJune 9, 2015Reply

    A Superior, Quality Romance Comedy

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  • fordmodelt FordJune 10, 2015Reply

    Terrible waste of a good cast

    This movie just doesn’t know what it wants to be: RomCom,
    mystery/thriller, farce. The plot is all over the place.

    The most annoying thing about the movie though is the complete waste of
    a potentially terrific cast. Emma Stone is great in every movie I’ve
    seen her in. She can carry a movie all on her own. But she’s totally
    unconvincing in this flick. She goes from ball busting, clichéd
    obsessive compulsive, socially inept fighter pilot trying to climb the
    greasy pole in a man’s world. Then suddenly she switches to quirky,
    cute and relaxed every time she (literally) lets her hair down. Rachel
    McAdams is lovely and utterly wasted as a army wife married to an
    uncommunicative part time husband. The resolution of their marital
    conflict was totally unbelievable. Bradley Cooper phones in a
    lightweight performance. What a massive comedown after American Sniper.
    Alec Baldwin gives a farcical performance. It’s hard to know how much
    is due to the script, and how much is his acting, but it feels like
    I’ve seen him in exactly this role and overacting in exactly the same
    in every movie he’s been in for the last twenty years. I think he must
    just be a very bad actor. Similarly, Bill Murray plays another
    caricatured role as the slightly sinister ‘baddie’. He looks like he
    just rocks up on set and stands around looking a bit vague, saying very
    little. It’s become his schtick ever since Lost in Translation. Frankly
    I’m bored with it.

    So the acting ranges from pretty average to downright bad, and the plot
    is all over the place. There’s not even much Hawaiian scenery to enjoy.

    Waste of time. Save you money, stay in and order a takeaway instead.

  • Ian MooneJune 11, 2015Reply

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  • lemstoneJune 11, 2015Reply

    Say Adios to Aloha

    I went into the movie with high expectations, but left disappointed.

    I thought that the story was corny and the acting was cheesy.

    The trailer and the cast of actors drew me to the movie.

    I think it could have been better written.

    Maybe it is because I am a guy and women view this movie differently? I
    don’t believe people can turn their feelings in relationships off and
    on so easy.

    I wouldn’t recommend this movie, but others might enjoy it.

    Maybe it would be better to rent on video if you are really bored!

    I think that I understand what the writer and director were trying to
    do, but it didn’t work for me.

    There are some subliminal political messages in the movie.

    Watch at your own descretion

  • Arts CommentedJune 12, 2015Reply

    Enjoyable, but a little disappointing…

    This movie is a typical example of a project that had everything to
    work… but didn’t. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe (who also
    directed Jerry Mcguire, Say Anything, Vanilla Sky, etc.), ”Aloha” had a
    great trailer, but the movie itself was disappointing.

    I believe it was mainly supposed to be a romantic comedy, but I didn’t
    laugh that much… The beginning of the movie is quite confusing and it
    takes a while to fully understand what’s going on. It feels like the
    script was out of order sometimes. Besides, it is very similar to
    Elizabethtown (2005), also directed and written by Cameron Crowe, which
    helps me to prove the point that it’s not one of Crowe’s best movies.

    It’s a watchable movie, but it’s also very forgettable, in my opinion.
    The cast is what makes it worth watching.

  • haighmailJune 13, 2015Reply

    OMG Please Kill me…..

    The trailer enticed me to this film. I like Bradley Cooper (loved him
    in Silver Linings Playbook) and Rachael McAdams. However after the
    first 10 minutes I knew this was going to be a huge disappointment
    unfortunately for me I hung in there till the end hoping for something
    more – it never came.

    There was zero chemistry between Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper. Emma
    Stone’s character was so unrealistic and irritating. Rachael McAdams
    was good and I kept wanting to see more of her on screen but at the
    same time never really wanted to see her and her old flame get back
    together because hey she was married with kids and it seemed wrong.

    And the underlying story was a bore. I couldn’t care less about the
    Military, Billionaires and their rocket launch.

    Any person who has written a good review on this site must have been
    paid by the movie company. This was a total let-down. Don’t waste your

  • CoryUJune 17, 2015Reply

    Strong acting in small roles seal it as a great movie.

    Apparently the media, critics, and a lot of viewers have made up their
    mind about this movie long before they ever got around to watching it.
    Frankly, that’s a shame. If we can set racial tension aside for a
    moment and talk about the film… I think the movie was beautiful.

    I went to the theater to see this, really excited to see an upbeat
    romantic comedy. The trailer had me pretty excited to see a movie
    starring quite a few ”name brand” actors, but one that looked like it
    had some heart to it.

    The movie was not what I expected. The movie starts off a little slow,
    and while it may have a few witty moments it is nothing but heartfelt
    drama. During the movie we see Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) interact
    with most of the other characters like old friends and explore how
    people have changed since he left. This basically helps give depth and
    develops all the characters, showing us these are real people. The
    interactions between characters was so genuine feeling. For me, the
    best part of the movie was the solid acting in supporting roles. A few
    of which really stood out to me.

    Danny McBride pulls off his serious role as Colonel ”Fingers” Lacy
    really well. I was expecting to see him vis-à-vis ”East Bound and Down”
    but instead he played a down to earth guy that was reminiscent of a few
    of my old officers with the ”C’mon, just play the game” mindset. If I
    see him in a serious role again, I will consider the movie a must see.

    John Krasinski is an absolute powerhouse in this movie. In fact, his
    character is my favorite in the entire film. As you may have guessed
    from the trailer, his character doesn’t have many lines. Don’t let that
    fool you. While the script helps, the way Krasinski pours feeling
    through his body language… it’s probably one of the most emotion
    evoking portrayals I’ve seen in a long time. The exchange you witness
    in the trailer barely Knicks the surface.

    In similar fashion, the young Danielle Rose Russell… wow. She steals
    the movie in a single scene that lacks dialog. If she continues making
    movies she is going to be one heck of a good actress. A name to
    remember for sure.

    Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams all do well in their roles.
    The way they play off one another was great. If the script has been a
    little better maybe the movie wouldn’t have seemed as slow as it did at
    times. But if it was a faster paced film the beauty in some portions
    may have been swept under the rug.

    I made an account today, just so I could say how great this movie was.
    Thanks for reading.

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  • ([email protected])June 21, 2015Reply

    Hodgepodge romcom from Cameron Crowe who sadly is not rekindling his flame as a fine filmmaker.

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  • Mill ColemanJune 27, 2015Reply

    Not bad

    Not quite as bad as all the critics made it out to be. In fact, there
    were times were this cast really shined. It reminded me of an NHL or
    NBA all-star game in a way. This was a superb cast thrown together in
    something that resembles a real movie where the story is pieced
    together just to show off certain talents. It’s like every tenth page
    or so of the script was really well written and exceptional but the
    pages in between were hammered together crudely with clumsy dialogue in
    order to get to those specific moments. What results is a rambling
    movie that misfires often despite the fact that the entire ensemble is
    as good as it gets. Bill Murray was wasted and there simply is no
    chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Individually the two
    leads are fine but together there was absolutely no sizzle. Emma and
    John Krasinski’s characters are one dimensional near cartoon characters
    all the way through. Despite the writing only hitting at a 10% clip,
    somehow the movie engages enough to be interesting start to rather
    silly finish.

  • evemmonsJune 27, 2015Reply

    My review…spoilers below.

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  • Ruca AshrafJuly 7, 2015Reply

    Terribly Tiring Time-taker

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  • lorry-75189July 9, 2015Reply

    Loved it

    Having lived in Hawaii for a long time, I loved this movie. There is a
    lot that is very realistic, including a Caucasian with an Asian last
    name. Happens a lot, Hawaii is the melting pot of the world.

    I loved the cast, and think it was better than Crowe’s original picks.
    Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray are great as always. Emma Stone and John
    Krasinksi are a draw for me as well.

    And, love Crowe’s writing and song picks, always good. I wish he was
    more prolific, there’s too much time between his movies.

    Would like to see a director’s cut, maybe longer with more details.

    Amazing that Crowe included the Night Marchers. And the contrast of
    hi-tech military vs. a nature based culture was great.

  • Raj SahuJuly 10, 2015Reply

    What was the director Cameron Crowe thinking?

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  • ClintonPsych3July 12, 2015Reply

    A mess holding gems, as pearls in cow flop

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  • Anne-Claire DrocourtAugust 8, 2015Reply

    All over the place !

    This movie was just all over the place, and not in a good way !

    I’m not a movie connoisseur, so I can’t speak with really elaborate
    terms, this is my very simple review.

    If, this was meant as a simple rom-com, this was almost a complete
    fail. The acting wasn’t the big problem, the actors delivered good
    performances, but even they seemed to not know what the movie was
    about, what they were saying…

    This was just plain awkward, it had the settings of a rom-com, but I
    think it tried really hard to not be limited to that, and failed
    spectacularly !

    Special mention for Emma Stone, she was the best actor in this picture.

  • sewesoAugust 8, 2015Reply

    Low scores only from people with wrong expectations

    I always wonder why people would rate a perfectly entertaining movie
    with such low scores. It truly boggles my mind. Maybe its the dramatic
    folk who need a bigger dose of drama. Maybe its people who believe that
    every movie has to be hyper realistic and can’t suspend a little bit of
    disbelieve for the sheer enjoyment of a nice movie. And how do all
    these critics even decide that this movie takes place in our own
    universe anyway?

    I’m not going to overcompensate all the low scores and therefor give
    this movie a 10 myself. This is seriously an 8 in my book.

    My advice: Always look at the breakdown of the IMDb score to determine
    if a movie is worth watching. Or look at the score of the most helpful
    review, so you are not swayed by all the crouches.

  • JeniaAugust 8, 2015Reply

    Pretty good drama

    This movie is very confusing , it has a lot of characters played by
    good actors , the only problem is that the script has lots of holes in
    it . Lots of times i saw scenes that seem to deliver nothing , now i
    understand why . The movie is trying to be a romance comedy flick but
    it seems like the writer had a little problem giving us the right
    amount of anything so it got pretty messy . The only thing that is
    saving the movie are the awesome actors who i don’t know even how
    accepted the roles in this film , maybe they got miss leaded like all
    of us . I must say that the movie was pretty heartwarming , i don’t
    even know why but i really enjoyed the whole movie even though it is
    walking the thin red line of being really bad versus being good. It is
    almost a chick flick , only the guys can watch it too without getting
    too bored.

  • VanillaalmondAugust 9, 2015Reply

    A farce

    This movie is somehow all over the place, threads begin but do not end,
    connections exist but how and why is not explained. I felt like I was
    watching a movie that is great inside the head of the writer/director
    but he knows the story to well and forgets to tell us half of it.It’s
    like it is trying to be everything for everybody and while doing that
    failing in all aspects. The whole military plot thing is strange, lots
    of people are just there and we are never told why or even who they

    This is not a feel good movie, it is a feel strange movie leaving you
    with lots of questions, the main one being why?

  • andresbranburyAugust 9, 2015Reply

    This movie deserves over 8 point rating

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  • mtntexas-559-284308August 9, 2015Reply

    Recommendatio for IMDb to include music Summaries

    I like this movie very much. Casting deserves an A++ as ALL characters
    were likable and believable. The Hawaiian scenery was beautiful and
    inviting. I would have bet the farm that no actress could steal the
    leading man from Rachel McAdams, but Emma Stone did exactly that. This
    is a great ‘feel good’ movie.

    My criticism / recommendation is not about ALOHA, the movie, but is
    about IMDb, the ‘site’. I’ve seen good movies that plummeted due to
    music AND I’ve seen mediocre movies that were GREAT due to the musical
    score. I’d like to see music / songs / conductor / writer /
    performer(s) listed on IMDb. Music is a very important part of every

  • Prismark10August 10, 2015Reply

    Too many haole

    Cameron Crowe has been on a downward spiral for some time. He wants to
    make offbeat, kooky films with heart. However some of his recent movies
    verge on being horribly inept.

    Aloha has Bradley Cooper who stars as Brian, a military contractor
    injured in Afghanistan who returns to his former home of Hawaii to
    strike a deal and have the blessing of some native Hawaiian tribes for
    the Space program on behalf of billionaire private industrialist Carson
    Welch (Bill Murray.)

    His return means uniting with is ex-girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams)
    who he last saw 13 years ago. She has now married to a military man
    (John Krasinski) who says few words but speaks a lot through his body
    language and they have two children, one of which is a 12 year old
    daughter. I will use my non verbal communication skills to allow the
    reader to make 2+2=4!

    Emma Stone is Captain Allison Ng, an uptight US Air Force liaison for
    Brian, Carson Welch and the US military who are being led up the garden
    path by the megalomaniac billionaire who has his own agenda which any
    Bond villain would be proud of.

    Ng has a running joke throughout the film as she reminds everyone
    constantly that she is one quarter native Hawaiian as she obviously
    does not look it. She also falls for Brian

    There seems to be nothing natural or organic in the story because Crowe
    wants to be off kilter and everything seems forced lacking any kind of
    coherence with the story and characters.

    Bradley Cooper who has become something of a sex symbol with the
    Hangover films actually comes across looking geeky in this film. He is
    also left all at sea with a weak script. This guy is a three year in a
    row Best Actor Oscar nominee.

    Brian is a jerk and no way could I buy Ng falling for him. For a start
    he is too old for her, he is not nice, he uses people, has little
    loyalty and is full of cynicism. As a romantic comedy it fails on both
    counts. There is no romance and there is no comedy.

    The finale where Brian could deal with some Chinese hack when the
    satellite is mid air and then sabotage the launch with every recorded
    music is bizarre and silly to the extreme.

    The film looks disjointed because it has all the hallmarks of post
    production tinkering and possible re-shoots. Some of it looks cheap,
    just watch the scene when Carson is apprehended supposedly in Japan.

  • carmenvladoianuAugust 10, 2015Reply

    Great Movie

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  • TheCatalystIRAugust 10, 2015Reply

    A very normal, light-hearted romantic flick

    Aloha is possibly one of the lightest movies you will ever see. I’m not
    a lover of the director, therefore my main reason to see this was the
    cast. Though Bradly Cooper is not as good as he was in Silver Linings
    Playbook, he is convincing enough not to ruin the movie. Same goes for
    Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. The story is not a big deal and it’s
    pretty straightforward for a script that has been in the works for 4
    years. The comedy is non-existent in the movie. But the brightest part
    of the film is the sheer sweetness of the relationships between the

    This is a movie you should absolutely watch with your Girlfriend or

  • dryanmorrAugust 10, 2015Reply

    What did I just watch?

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  • cccjerkycompanyAugust 11, 2015Reply

    what a waste of talent

    I would give it a 3 if it weren’t for the fact that there was so much
    talent to be utilized. Sadly, it is the only film I haven’t enjoyed
    with Sir Bill Murray in it (yes I have the power to Knight someone).
    Gladly, he was great despite the horrific writing and subject matter. I
    guess Bradley (it’s funny when you don’t use his surname – Bradley, put
    down that doll! :)) has reached that pivotal moment in celebrity where
    he now thinks, a. he doesn’t have to give it his all; and b. he thinks
    we give a poop what he thinks. Oh well, it’s just a movie. And Emma,
    you’re always good. Keep it up.

    Stay gold Mr. Murray!

  • estebangonzalez10August 11, 2015Reply

    Almost saved by its feel good ending, but too many structural problems.

    ”You sold your soul so many times, nobody’s buying anymore.”

    The final 20 minutes of Aloha completely feel like a Cameron Crowe
    movie since it ties everything up neatly without being overly cheesy.
    It still is sentimental and has a couple of quotable lines, especially
    in a scene where Rachel McAdams is reading a letter from her husband.
    It also has some funny moments, my favorite being the scene in which
    Bradley Cooper and John Krasinski stare at each other understanding
    what the other is saying without speaking a single word (but we get to
    read the subtitles and it is a hilarious scene). Aloha ended in a
    rather strong note for me, but unfortunately the film is 105 minutes
    long and the first two thirds of the film make very little sense. The
    introduction of every character in this movie is done in such a rushed
    way that none of them feel authentic or interesting. The plot is a mess
    and it is all over the place at times so I agree with all the hate the
    film is receiving, but I honestly don’t know how Crowe managed to
    engage me in those final 20 minutes considering I didn’t care for these
    characters or their story, so I will give him some credit for at least
    ending Aloha on a strong note. At the beginning of every year, I make a
    list of my most anticipated films and Aloha was one of the top 10
    movies I was looking forward to basically because I’m a Cameron Crowe
    fan and have enjoyed all his previous movies (I defended his lesser
    films: We Bought a Zoo and Elizabethtown, which I was a strong fan of).
    It also didn’t hurt that he had a wonderful cast to work with: Bradley
    Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny
    McBride, and Alec Baldwin. And to top it off Crowe was setting the
    story in the gorgeous islands of Hawaii. So what could go wrong?
    Everything did from the writing to the casting of the characters and in
    the end I simply couldn’t defend Crowe on this one. At least I went
    into it with much lower expectations so I wasn’t disappointed and ended
    up mildly enjoying it for its final twenty minutes. I still have to
    catch up with Crowe’s earlier film, Say Anything, and hopefully after
    watching that he will regain my trust again.

    Aloha centers on Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper), a military contractor
    who is returning to Hawaii after 13 years to convince the King of the
    island (Dennis Bumpy Kanahele) into giving them a 20 minute blessing in
    the approval of an Air Force gate. Brian is currently working for a
    millionaire named Carson Welch (Bill Murray), who is planning on
    launching a satellite from there. Brian’s ex girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel
    McAdams), continues to live in the island, but she is married now with
    Woody (John Krasinski) and has two children. Upon Brian’s arrival the
    two meet up and they continue to be very fond of each other. During his
    visit, an Airforce pilot named Allison (Emma Stone) is assigned as his
    watch dog and despite an awkward introduction the two begin to form a
    friendship, thus creating a sort of love triangle. Danny McBride and
    Alec Baldwin have small supporting roles as military officials.

    The plot doesn’t make much sense throughout the entire film and the
    narrative seems to be missing something. I don’t know if it’s the way
    the film was edited or simply because of the screenplay but it is
    incoherent. Crowe has always excelled as a writer so it’s difficult to
    understand what went wrong here. The entire mythology surrounding
    Hawaii and their belief doesn’t make much sense either and it doesn’t
    add anything interesting. For example, Tracy’s son, played by Jaeden
    Lieberher, is always filming everyone with his camera and talking about
    more of the island’s mythology, while Allison also seems to be in awe
    of the spiritual energy of Hawaii, and she tells everyone she meets
    that she is one quarter Hawaiian. That Emma Stone was cast in this role
    is the least of the film’s problems (I’ve met many white folks who are
    Asian descent and you’d never notice it). As much as I love Murray and
    Baldwin, their characters are given nothing to work with here and they
    are completely wasted. Cooper, Stone, and McAdams had a rough start but
    eventually their characters grew on me. Krasinski is the actor who
    comes out of this film best, but I’m afraid Crowe missed out on an
    excellent opportunity to direct these talented actors in such a
    wonderful location.

  • danew13August 12, 2015Reply

    A Routinely Shallow Romance with Little to Offer

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  • stephendaxterAugust 13, 2015Reply

    A little heavy on the romantic side but still enjoyable

    Aloha is a romantic comedy that stars Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper
    leading a cast with so much talent, and that talent was largely
    underused and unfortunately just in a not so good movie. Looking back,
    you also have Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Alec
    Baldwyn, and Danny McBride, these are all quality actors in the
    romance/comedy genres but none of them really shine in this film that
    has overall messy writing. The movie has so many shifts in tone and
    pace that it is very uneven from start to finish where some moments are
    rushed and some are dragged out for a while. There were brief moments
    of comedy here and there but nothing really to deem this movie a
    romantic comedy, it got me to chuckle a few times throughout but they
    were so spaced out that by the end the romantic emphasis trumps
    whatever comedy there was. John Krasinski was the source for 80% of the
    comedy in this film, pretty much every time he was on-screen i was
    laughing, not the laugh out loud kind but a good chuckle, so he bought
    a nice lighthearted feel to the film.

    Now, Emma Stone’s character Allison is the most interesting character
    in this movie, not in a good way but also not in an extremely bad way.
    I feel like they made a mess of her character, she felt like a blend of
    a few different characters that take over her body at different points
    in the movie. Very early on i was liking the character, her quick
    talking and confronting personality really clashed and contrasted with
    Brian (Bradley Cooper) pretty well. But that quickly changed when
    within 30 minutes she was really getting on my nerves and i was
    thinking that she should get the ‘X-Men Origins’ Deadpool treatment
    ASAP. But then, by the 1 hour mark she calmed down and was simply
    playing a love interest or one corner of the love triangle for the rest
    of the movie. And she kinda goes in and out between these three states
    briefly throughout the film. It would have made sense if there were
    events forcing her to change in certain ways but the only reason she
    was changing so much was because the script said so.

    The plot is very weak for most of the film, you occasionally have 10
    minute bursts where the NASA based main plot takes control but those
    moments are very few and you only really piece together what is
    happening and why later on in he movie. At the other moments it is the
    romantic elements that drive this movie at a slow pace towards the end.
    Even though i thought that Bradley and Emma’s characters had good
    chemistry and Bradley and Rachel’s characters also related well i
    thought that some of the events that happen between them weren’t
    natural. The inclusion of the love triangle that kind of exists for
    some of the film only adds to the list of romantic film clichés to be
    found. The movie doesn’t offer anything new but was still a pretty
    watchable experience, i never found myself wanting to turn off the
    movie because i was for some reason still mildly entertained.

    In the end this is not a bad movie, it is definitely watchable does
    have a little that you can get out of it. The problems with the movie
    in addition to the writing were almost all minor issues i had that
    added up to end up with an dissatisfying result. I also have to say
    that some of the cinematography in this movie was awful, some of the
    framing and movement of the camera shots were at times distracting.
    There were multiple really close-up shots and awkward zooming in, out
    and around conversations that i was picking up. All of these camera
    related issues i noticed early on in the movie as oppose to later on.
    But i did like Bradley Cooper, and the supporting cast was all pretty
    spot on, just as i said, minor issues added up to make for a not so
    great movie. If you are a fan of the romantic comedies, even though
    this one is very skewed to the romantic side i think you may still
    enjoy it. – 5

  • sasanoise .August 13, 2015Reply

    This is a heartbeat movie

    Aloha is one of the finest woven movies I experienced in a long time.
    Not only are the people completely believable in their individual
    personalities, but also the interactions are so fun and touching to
    watch. I loved the entwinement of tradition, mystics, being human and
    those deeply true seeming backgrounds. It is really hard to forge a
    movie, which is not defined by mind-blowing action scenes but also
    doesn’t lack a really good storyline behind it. There are a lot of
    movies out there, that can’t survive without a lot of bad language,
    crime, tragedy or other bad stuff happening. So watching this movie is
    just such a relieve for my movie-fanatic heart. It contains all, that
    is really important and is so much deeper than one could guess in the
    beginning. I am very happy, that i found it. Definitely one of my top
    50 of all my movie-history!

  • Noorah Moh'dAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Love it

    I loved the authenticity in this movie.. It’s been a real long time,
    since I’ve watched a great Rom-com that is cheesiness free.

    It took me back to Audrey’s Hepburn movies. with those three powerful
    actors Cooper, Stone and McAdms. you won’t get bored at all. I didn’t
    and I’m one of those people who gets bored easily !!! I loved it and
    its surely deserves a 10 !! I’m gonna watch it again with my family!
    man I’m in love with it . And I’m sure you gonna love it, and I still
    can’t believe why it’s been rated really low here I mean 5!!!! ARE YOU
    KIDDING ME!!! It’s like this one great movie I mean. Have YOU EVEN SEEN
    IT!!!! that’s just bazaar !!!! I don’t know what else to say LOL !!! it
    has to be more than 10 lines and surely I don’t want to be a
    spoiler!!!! any way I’m telling you if you haven’t seen it yet you
    really should grab your snacks and watch it !!! I was really excited
    about it and thanks god it was great !!!! I’m really glad that I’ve
    been that excited LOL !!! WATCH IT PEOPLE !!! YOU HAVE TO .

  • pontus-randenAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Why was this movie made?

    Absurdly… boring. Who paid for this movie, I wonder? Either it was
    the US Army who wanted to show how politically correct they have become
    (they keep mentioning ”The New Army”) or it was Hawaii that paid for
    the movie. Or both. It was NOT created for the revenue stream of the
    cinema visitors, that is for sure.

    There was no real plot. No depth. Nothing. It was just.. boring. And
    this in spite of it having some really good actors. But good actors are
    unable to transform a movie that has no plot, no meaning and no depth.


    I would certainly not recommend it to anyone.

  • DeveshAugust 16, 2015Reply

    The Critics Got This One Wrong!

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  • capone666August 17, 2015Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…


    Hawaii is the ideal US State insofar as its inaccessibility to Mexican

    Thankfully, it’s not too remote for the defence contractor in this

    Sent to Hawaii by his boss (Bill Murray) to secure a deal with tribes
    that’ll set the stage for private space flight, Brian (Bradley Cooper)
    is escorted around the island by an Air Force captain (Emma Stone).

    During his weeklong sojourn, Brian gets reacquainted with his ex
    (Rachel McAdams), who is married to a pilot (John Krasinski) and has
    two kids.

    As pressure to seal the deal mounts, Brian receives life-altering news
    and also embarks on a new relationship that challenges his immorality.

    A hodgepodge of espionage, awkward romances and hidden secrets, this
    eco-friendly mess comes compliments of director Cameron Crowe, who
    struggles to make sense of his own disjointed script.

    Besides, if Hawaii were a strategic military location someone would’ve
    attacked it years ago.

    Red Light

  • turindebroucheAugust 18, 2015Reply

    Its deep if you look it right.

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  • Nicole of ArchonCinemaReviews.comAugust 19, 2015Reply

    Disappointing – I am embarrassed for Crowe, Stone and Cooper for their contribution to this tedious bore

    Aloha is garbage and an example of everything wrong with Hollywood.

    We at Archon first heard of Aloha many moons ago when its stellar cast
    started garnering media attention. Even then, we were wary, something
    about it seemed too pristine, too gimmicky to be an average to good
    film – and our suspicions were correct.

    Cameron Crowe’s Aloha is about a military contractor, played by Bradley
    Cooper, who returns to Hawaii after his most recent assignment. When he
    lands, he must face his ex-love, another subversive assignment and an
    aspiring Air Force fighter pilot anxious to make a name for herself
    while tasked with watching him.

    Technically all of these plot events do transpire in Aloha, but the
    film itself veers so greatly from a plot that it is just a meandering
    collection of conversations without reason. How can someone like
    Cameron Crowe, the genius behind Almost Famous, be responsible for this
    bland mockery of a film? It is like Cameron Crowe has no soul anymore,
    nothing left to say, and didn’t even bother trying with Aloha. He
    utilized boring and tedious voice over monologues to tell the audience
    what the character wants using horrid metaphors and lame exposition.
    That is all well and good for a Lifetime movie, but is well below what
    we’ve come to expect from Crowe.

    And the narrative and direction is not at all close either. An
    assortment of tiresome conversations scattered about relating to a
    miscellany of plot subjects. Crowe’s direction is tasteless and
    uninspired, with overly saturated cinematography that is completely
    irrelevant and pointless. I grew so tired of watching the film that I
    decided to turn it into a drinking game with one rule being take a shot
    every time Crowe shows Emma Stone in a medium close-up as she looks
    over her shoulder. Hint, probably wanna change that rule to ‘take a
    drink’ because you will get wasted.

    As an actor, you can only do as much as the script allows, and Aloha is
    quite boring. However, all but Rachel McAdams are punchy and irritating
    with the worst being Stone herself. The film does nothing but to
    highlight her monotony in her performances across her career. Every
    single scene is so all over the place emotionally that there is no
    inclination as to where any of it is coming from. And in regard to Emma
    Stone playing a character named Allison Ng who is supposed to be a
    quarter Hawaiian and native to the island – the most blaring issue is
    not her fair skin but her inability to have the audience believe,
    truly, that she is part of Hawaii and cares for the land, the sole
    purpose of her performance as the character.

    We are just so painfully disappointed in this garbage that is so
    beneath Cameron Crowe. By far, Aloha is his worst film to date, but
    more importantly, doesn’t even feel like a Cameron Crowe film. I am
    actually concerned for him, as the completed project feels so unlike
    him that I am actually worried he might have some some of brain issue.

    Aloha’s story is a bore, and fails splendidly at forcing the audience
    to have the capacity to feel and care, which is completely the
    director’s fault. Aloha is odd in a bad way, uncomfortable to watch and
    completely unbearable.

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  • Gordon-11August 22, 2015Reply

    A Bradley Cooper fest

    This film tells the story of an army general who is in charge of a
    private missile mission in Hawaii. He has to do everything in his power
    to make the mission successful, but his work is hindered by the
    complicated love entanglement between him and two women.

    ”Aloha” is basically a Bradley Cooper fest. Half way through the film,
    I realised that Bradley Cooper is basically in almost all the shots,
    and most of these shots are close up shots of his face. I literally
    counted that there are only two scenes in which there were more than
    five seconds between showing Bradley Cooper’s face or body. One shot
    was when Bill Murray plays around with his sunglasses on the beach,
    another shot was when Gracie was in the dancing class.

    As for the film itself, I find it quite strange that the story is set
    in Hawaii when the film is about launching a space mission. Wouldn’t
    the shockwaves of a launch set off seismic activity or wake up the
    dormant volcanoes? The beautiful scenery makes up for the movie logic
    though. As a romantic comedy, it actually is deeper than most because
    of the added complication of Rachel McAdam’s character of an old flame
    whose marriage is in trouble. ”Aloha” is enjoyable to watch if you just
    sit back and take in whatever the film is showing you.

  • wiggitypAugust 23, 2015Reply


    Very strange movie.

    Production values were definitely high but they just never reached a
    coherent whole. Dialogue was often immature feeling (lot’s of talk
    about ”mana” and mumbo-jumbo’y identity crises) and seemingly
    incoherent with what came before and after. Plenty of acting chops on
    display but not much direction for them to work with.

    The editing seemed very off tonally somehow as well. The whole thing
    just didn’t seem to flow well. Sometimes seeming like a heavy drama,
    sometimes a quirky rom-com and sometimes something else entirely.

    Also character development was quite hit or miss. Due, again, not as
    much to the acting but to weird production/direction choices. Such as
    bizarre music selections which almost never seemed to fit the tone of
    the scene it was accompanying.

    Overall the movie had nice heart, but it seemed like the heart of a
    lovable but stupid dog who can’t help but smile endearingly whilst
    micturating on the carpet.

    It’s too bad. I think everyone wanted this to be good and it seemed
    like it would at least be predictably watchable but really ended up
    being anything but.

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])August 24, 2015Reply

    There is just way too much going on in this movie and it would have been better if a few of the story lines were cut out.

    ”He’s just a brilliant, compelling, innovative, commanding, fricking
    wreck of a guy.” Brian Gilcrest (Cooper) is a soldier who was injured
    while in Afghanistan. Taking up a new job as a private contractor he
    travels to Hawaii to meet with a billionaire and finds his ex
    girlfriend there with her new family. With the help of his liaison
    Allison Ng he does his best to try and straighten his life out. Most of
    the time when I read reviews for movies and its gets blasted by
    everyone I end up thinking it wasn’t as bad as everyone said. This is
    an exception. I think the reason for the excitement behind this one is
    due to the cast, which is amazing. I love Cameron Crowe and that was
    the reason I was looking forward to this. The problem lies in the fact
    that the movie tried to do way too much and every storyline seemed to
    not mix with the others. A soldier injured in a war comes back to find
    his ex girlfriend married to a man who becomes instantly jealous while
    at the same time starting to fall for the woman who is trying to help
    him while trying to help a rich guy send up a satellite into space
    which may contain a nuclear weapon while at the same time wondering if
    his ex’s daughter is his. There is just way too much going on in this
    movie and it would have been better if a few of the story lines were
    cut out. Overall, a disappointing movie considering the cast. I give
    this a C.

  • K WhiteAugust 26, 2015Reply

    Retitle this ”awkward staring at each other”

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  • cyclecatAugust 27, 2015Reply

    Not Crowe’s best effort, but a worthy contender

    Say what you will about the plot (nonsensical, convoluted, confusing)
    and the casting (cringeworthy, insensitive), but go into this knowing
    that at its core this is a Cameron Crowe movie, which means it has
    heart. You can’t say that about very many movies these days. And
    although even some of the heartfelt scenes were a little hokey (like
    the two guys’ subtitled unspoken dialogue), they still touched me
    greatly. I know this movie spent about two hours at the theater before
    it was pulled and released on DVD. Don’t let that stop you from a
    rental. The performances are top-notch and if you don’t get at least a
    little choked up at the end, then you’re a heartless shell of a person.
    Bonus: Like all Cameron Crowe movies, Aloha has a great, although
    somewhat incongruous and all-over-the-place, soundtrack. But hey,
    that’s in keeping with the whole movie’s theme! Enjoy it. ♥

  • nama chakravortyAugust 27, 2015Reply

    Strictly Average!

    Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ is strictly an average fare, with a few good
    moments. But overall, Crowe hasn’t delivered a wholesome
    Romantic-Drama, that one expects from the prolific Writer-Director.

    ‘Aloha’ Synopsis: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site
    of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love
    while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watch-dog
    assigned to him.

    ‘Aloha’ is aimed to be a feel-good entertainer, but in reality, it
    merely offers a few good moments, that leave a mark. The portions
    involving the protagonist (Bradley Cooper) & his lady watch-dog (Emma
    Stone), are cute. But otherwise, nothing really arrests. The sub-plots
    are weak comparatively, especially the one involving the protagonist’s
    ex-flame (Rachel McAdams). Crowe’s Screenplay tries to be a lot of
    things, but only engages in bits & pieces. His Writing isn’t bad, but
    it isn’t strong either. Certainly, Crowe can write better! Crowe’s
    Direction is fair. Cinematography & Editing are well-done.

    Performance-Wise: Bradley Cooper is awkward all through. Emma Stone is
    the pick of the lot. She’s very natural. Rachel McAdams is sincere.
    John Krasinski is alright. Bill Murray & Alec Baldwin are wasted. Danny
    McBride is adequate.

    On the whole, ‘Aloha’ is a so-so fare, at best.

  • Janis Hunt JohnsonAugust 28, 2015Reply

    Don’t listen to jaded critics; ”Aloha” has the top quality of ”Say Anything”

    Yesterday I watched ”Aloha,” and loved it. I’ve watched it twice, and I
    want to watch it again. I don’t understand how it could have been
    panned repeatedly by the critics. ”Aloha” is quirky, often funny,
    sweet, and endearing, even though it’s a sprawling, rambling, story
    with intentionally cinema-verite-flavored camera work at times.
    Unpredictable, it’s not your typical romcom!

    Set in the magnificent and mystical landscapes of Hawaii, with the
    soothing backdrop of lilting Hawaiian music, it’s simply unforgettable!
    And, the cast is stellar: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, John Krasinski,
    Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, and so many other top performances. We need
    more films that demand our attention and our intelligence, which show
    us characters who struggle with ambiguity, recognize life’s joys,
    mysteries, and heartbreaks, and yet still manage to keep their
    integrity intact. This film will have you talking afterwards ~ and at
    the least, it will make you happy! Thank you, Cameron Crowe.

  • Bob Rutzel ([email protected])August 29, 2015Reply


    Former USAF officer Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is now a civilian
    contractor working for millionaire Carson Welch (Bill Murray) who wants
    to put a militarized satellite in space, but needs the blessing of the
    Hawaiian king Denis Bumpy Kanahele (as himself), who wants to barter
    for better cell phone service and more land in exchange for the

    This takes a lot of time to get to the real story. We are lost most of
    the time. In the meantime we are left with why Gilcrest left Tracey
    (Rachel McAdams) years go. Here we may understand the reason why the
    title is Aloha as it means good-bye. Later on it again means good-bye
    when Gilcrest tells Captain NG -pronounced ”ing”- (Emma Stone) to stay
    away as he is deemed disgraced for what he did during the launch of
    that satellite. We are hoping for another Aloha with Captain Ng as
    Aloha also means hello. See? Will that happen? Inquiring minds are on
    the job.

    The acting all around is good, but Emma Stone as Captain Ng was
    sometimes a little over the top being too much of a bright eyed bushy-
    tailed watchdog assigned to Gilcrest. (you mean annoying, don’t you?)

    The real winner in here is the non-verbal communication between
    Gilcrest and Woody (John Krasinski) who is married to Tracy. Later on
    there is another episode with this non-verbal communication between
    Gilcrest and Woody again. This time the screen shows non-verbal
    communication in sub-titles so we can see what is actually being said.
    But the best non-verbal communication (no sub titles) comes between
    Gilcrest and Grace (Danielle Rose Russell), Tracy’s daughter, as he
    watches Grace perform some Hawaiian dance and she sees him watching and
    then she realizes a most important truth. You definitely will need
    Kleenex tissues when you see this scene. This is one of the best scenes
    I have ever seen in a movie. Kudos. Yes, I had tissues handy. You just
    never know.

    One would think that a movie about Hawaii would show more landscapes
    (there were some), but the obligatory surfing scenes didn’t happen. Boo

    Notable: Alec Baldwin as a USAF general.

    Over all the pacing is good and we are entertained and even learned
    some Hawaiian culture. (7/10)

    Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: one F-bomb, otherwise

  • bravo-superAugust 30, 2015Reply


    Congratulations to the entire team, Bradley, Emma and Rachel and all
    others. Like all actors, in combination with the beautiful film makes
    everything look different. Fortunately, you made this movie and there
    was something that you refuse. I think Bradley in this film
    rehabilitate himself and says this is what I want to show to the
    people. There are methods in the film, which are used very skillfully.
    The best place to be filmed this production is Hawaii, else it would
    not have this feeling. To watch the film because the film itself is
    something that rather not had happened. Every minute was enjoyable to
    watch. And this is the background of some other disappointing movies in
    theaters, for which had higher expectations. I will not do an analysis
    of the movie, you know very well what you are doing and have done
    excellently. Thanks

  • Johnny-113August 30, 2015Reply

    Good film

    The most I heard about this movie was that many people were horrified
    that Emma Stone was playing a Hawaiian woman. Well, in the film she’s
    playing a woman who is one-quarter Hawaiian. That IS believable. That
    kind of criticism is petty. If you look at film history, there have
    been far more outrageous incidents of this type of casting.

    I liked this film because I didn’t really know where it was going, so
    it was interesting and not predictable. There are a few very funny
    moments. There are some very touching moments. It’s a thoughtful film,
    so it puzzles me when other one note idiotic comedies, horror and
    actions film are deemed successful because they made a lot of money and
    entertained morons.

    I intend to see this again. I recommend it.

  • analovescoffeeAugust 30, 2015Reply

    Weak plot , kinda boring

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  • jim_flowersAugust 30, 2015Reply

    I have no idea what I just watched

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  • katieanddustinAugust 31, 2015Reply

    Confused plot

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  • Jonny 99September 1, 2015Reply

    Not so much quirky as a lot of quirky set pieces fashioned together

    Forget that Emma Stone doesn’t work as half-Chinese / half-Hawaiian,
    she doesn’t work as a go-getter Air Force F22 fighter pilot. Really?
    Luckily she drops the character fairly early in the goings and becomes
    the doe-eyed girl meeting Bradley Cooper’s boy. Also forget the plot,
    something to do with Bill Murray’s billionaire Carson launching a
    nuclear missile into space so he can…take out rival billionaires?
    (Anyway the Russians have had them up there for decades so a little
    late to the party Bill). Alec Baldwin plays a bellowing general, well,
    for a while, then he becomes just another guy to go with Bradley
    Cooper’s guy. John Krasniski has no lines in one of the movies many
    quirky running gags – he needs to find another agent. The scenery is
    nice and when the weirdness becomes no worth the effort gives something
    to look at. In short, FREE HAWAII! (even though it wouldn’t last out
    the rest of the year as an independent nation)…or an avoid this bit
    of oddness.

  • Brandon MaynardSeptember 5, 2015Reply

    What could this have been?

    After seeing the trailers, I was excited to see this. I missed it in
    theaters and rented it on Redbox. I have to say i’m glad I didn’t spend
    the money for a movie ticket, as it was a big letdown. Alec Baldwin and
    Bill Murray’s characters are absolutely awful and are completely
    undeveloped. Rachel McAdams and John Krazinski are both favorites of
    mine, but in this movie they have no spark whatsoever. The only thing
    that makes this watchable is the relationship between Bradley Cooper
    and Emma Stone’s characters. They are entertaining and sweet in how
    they take a complicated path to being together.

    With that being said, this movie was simply all over the place. Story
    lines were introduced and then abruptly dropped and almost every
    problem was left without a resolution. Its like someone took several
    good scenes and ideas, shook them up and tossed them on paper. This
    film just doesn’t work as a complete picture. With so many talented
    actors involved, I can’t help but think: How good could this have been?
    My grade: C-.

  • tonysarrioSeptember 6, 2015Reply

    A feel good movie that a certain crowd would never get!!

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  • gradyharpSeptember 6, 2015Reply

    ‘You sold your soul so many times nobody’s buying anymore’

    Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous, We Bought a
    Zoo) has been called an idiosyncratic writer and here he not only
    writes this at times bizarre script but also directs it. Parts of it
    work well, other parts bet lost in the transition form the words in a
    script to the action in the film. And that is most assuredly not
    because of inadequate actors: the cast is filled with some of the
    finest actors of the day. But in the end the ideas he places before us
    – military duty before personal life, greed and corruption in the
    ‘purchase ‘ of the skies, old flames and new
    attractions/counter-attractions, environment protection versus
    technology – are worth of our attention and by film’s end it all works
    out just fine. It is the getting there that is a bumpy road.

    The story is so complex with sidebars and secondary themes that keeping
    a synopsis to a minimum works best: A celebrated military contractor
    Brian Gilchrist (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest
    career triumphs – Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago
    love Tracy Woodside (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the
    hard-charging Air Force watchdog Allison Ng (Emma Stone) assigned to
    him. Toss in Tracy’s current secretive and quiet military husband Wood
    (John Krasnski), Brian’s new contractor boss Carson Welch (Bill
    Murray), the past military buddies of Brian (Danny McBride, and Alec
    Baldwin) and some complicated Hawaiian figures and the pie is baked.

    Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone and John Krasinski are
    excellent and make the film glow whenever they are on screen. Cameron
    Crowe deals with a lot of psychological overlay here and while at times
    it is confusing, it is in retrospect very erudite.

    Funny at times, touching at times, and mostly entertaining.

  • drjloSeptember 10, 2015Reply

    Not Bradley Cooper fan but enjoyed the movie

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  • alexandredrouin-49324September 10, 2015Reply

    Empty movie

    That was by far the best movie I watched in the last 2 Hours. I don’t
    really have words to describe this movie, because I didn’t understand
    half of it!

    I had the choice between watching this movie and create an empire to be
    the richest man on earth, sadly it’s seems that I made the wrong

    I recommend you this movie sincerely if you want to lost 2h and ask
    yourself WTF I just watch!

    Spoiler alert : That movie will probably win an Oscar and leonardo
    dicaprio will lost against it!

  • hplindleySeptember 10, 2015Reply


    What? Huh? If you like movies edited so much that few scenes express
    cogent dialogue, Aloha is for you. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a
    beautiful. If I only watched movies while on mute, that would be fine.
    But since I expect a storyline, this was disappointing. I’m not sure
    how they got so many great actors involved in this movie. I can only
    assume that it was edited beyond recognition. It is filmed in a
    dizzying way, which would be fine if it wasn’t during moments of
    dialogue. Characters aren’t developed. Almost none of these characters
    make any sense. I really wanted to like all of them. And I can’t. I
    wish I could have seen the unedited version. Because there is no way
    this story was written in such a confusing way.

  • TxMikeSeptember 12, 2015Reply

    Sometimes you just have to say ‘hello’ AND ‘goodbye’. Aloha.

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  • Matt Wyatt ([email protected])September 19, 2015Reply

    The Worst Thing to Happen to Hawaii Since Pearl Harbor

    Dear Cameron Crowe, I am writing you having recently rented your film
    Aloha. When I learned of it’s phenomenal cast of characters, Bradley
    Cooper, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin and Danny
    McBride; with you at the writing AND directing helm I was near giddy
    with anticipation. I have been long standing fan of your work; the
    writing you did for Rolling Stone, the book and screenplay that became
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Say Anything (1989), Jerry Mcguire
    (1996) and my all-time favorite Almost Famous (2000). Fast Times stands
    along with Dazed and Confused (1993) as one of the most accurate and
    brilliantly entertaining looks at American teenage life. Say Anything
    had such heartbreakingly great dialogue about teenage love delivered by
    John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler. Jerry Mcguire, re invented the modern
    romantic comedy. To this day I see how it has influenced other films. I
    can always tell in your work that you, much like myself and Russel
    Hammond in Almost Famous ”Dig music”. Part of my major enjoyment of
    your movies are the soundtracks, either reminding me of the greatness
    of, or introducing me to great rock and roll. So after watching Aloha,
    it is with all due respect that I ask…. What the [email protected]#* is your problem?
    Aloha is the worst thing to happen in Hawaii since Pearl Harbor. The
    attack during WWII, not the 2001 movie starring Ben Affleck. Which is
    horrible in its own right, but comes off as Citizen F-ing Kane in
    comparison to Aloha. Now I’m sure if given the opportunity to explain
    the film to me, you could condescendingly hold my hand though your
    perceived brilliance of it. How I just didn’t get the ground breaking
    vernacular and syntax. Or point out the nuances of social commentary it
    provided. Any way you spin it, this movie was terrible. Doesn’t matter
    how you feel about it, it doesn’t translate to me. A representation of
    your key fan base. Now I’m not addressing the racial controversy at all
    here. You could have cast Emma Stone as an African American and had her
    do the role in black face like Al Jolson. That still wouldn’t have been
    as offensive as what I watched. What I assume is you spent a month or
    so in Hawaii, got pulled in by its beauty and feeling as part of their
    culture, tried to write a love letter to our 50th state. Please don’t
    go down the road of so many artists before you that are so surrounded
    by Hollywood yes men that you don’t smell the foulness of your own
    excrement. Take this film as a hard lesson and a call to action for
    better material. Sincerely, yet miraculously not completely writing you
    off in anticipation of your next film, A Fan

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  • tavmSeptember 23, 2015Reply

    Aloha was a pretty good film from Cameron Crowe.

    Just watched this movie on Netflix disc with my mom. We both seemed to
    enjoy this latest drama from Cameron Crowe starring Bradley Cooper as
    some kind of contractor working on a rocket ship being built for an
    eccentric millionaire played by Bill Murray. Rachel McAdams plays
    Cooper’s former flame and Emma Stone plays a military pilot keeping
    tabs on Cooper. Also appearing are John Krasinski as McAdams’ pilot
    husband and Alec Baldwin as a general. The plot doesn’t always make
    sense but many of the characterizations are compelling enough to
    overcome that. Another performer I liked was Danielle Rose Russell as
    one of the young kids of McAdams of which something is revealed about
    that near-teen daughter later on. So on that note, I recommend Aloha.

  • vlillaSeptember 23, 2015Reply

    Unexpectedly bad

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  • Miles PhoenixSeptember 27, 2015Reply

    Aloha Celebrates Life

    In a quiet randomized order, one man’s moves take him to the point of
    clarification – what has been missing in his life for years. This is
    the type of movie getting closer to our hearts as the story develops.
    The way the main character and his daughter create an unbreakable
    mental bridge is absolutely unforgettable.

    Somewhere in this movie, it is also underlined that everything happens
    for a reason – and that is where Aloha becomes a real storyteller.

    Above all, nothing is particularly sensational about this movie. This
    is one of those helping us discover the beauty of life – all over
    again. However, life is a sensation by all means. ”Aloha” goes to that.

  • Aleksandar TSeptember 28, 2015Reply

    Great cast, awful movie

    If you don’t want to waste your time, don’t watch this movie. Directing
    and screenplay are unbelievably bad. For me, it’s almost impossible
    that they’ve managed to ruin movie with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.
    I felt embarrassment in every minute i’ve watched this film… Maybe,
    there was some point to the story, but the realization was badly
    executed. Dialogue is poorly written. Acting was unconvincing. The
    story it self is uninteresting. From the fist minute to the last, i was
    really bored… I felt like twelve years old kid choose music for this
    movie, unoriginal and superficial. And they went to Hawaii and shoot
    only some house and few cars. Really big shame.

  • er_ouzSeptember 29, 2015Reply

    So bad it will make you cringe with discomfort

    Rarely have I seen such a bad film from a major studio release and with
    A or B list stars in it, but this truly is one of the worst movies I’ve
    seen recently. I would try to sum up the plot, but it’s meaningless, as
    this movie is not a whole,flowing story, but rather a checklist of
    markers through which the scenes pass and tick the box, and hurry on to
    the next marker on the list.

    By eliminating any character and story growth and simply jumping to the
    bottom line in every scene, some scenes are just so awkward and… just
    bad, they will make you cringe with discomfort, not only because
    they’re so lame in themselves, but because they’re so obvious and
    scripted that it’s pathetic.

    I really like light Rom-Com’s, and I enjoy a film that doesn’t take
    itself too seriously- but this one is so bad it actually made me sad.

  • febru3012October 2, 2015Reply

    An ”A” list cast in a stupid, insipid dreadful B movie. By all means skip it.

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  • bobzmcishlOctober 3, 2015Reply

    Worst Movie This Year

    I write reviews when either the movie is great or bad, and this movie
    is the latter. Emma Stone in no way made me believe she was a hotshot
    Air Force F-22 fighter pilot. She was not only miscast but overacted
    and it was hard to swallow that a pilot held in such high regard would
    be assigned such a menial task as accompanying a washed up ex-Air Force
    officer on a mission to Hawaii as a contractor. Bradley Cooper for some
    reason slept walked this way through the movie. Bill Murray was awful
    as a billionaire pushing for privatization of the space program. The
    movie went way overboard with the obligatory Hawaii native islanders
    sacred ground routine and it was a ridiculous plot point to string
    together concern for sacred land versus putting a private satellite in
    earth orbit. The plot was the worst thing about the movie. They
    couldn’t decide whether to make a romantic comedy or a thriller and did
    a bad job at both. I think they were opting for a romantic comedy but
    these characters had zero chemistry. Ten minutes into this movie and I
    was ready to send it back to Netflix but I kept thinking it might get
    better. It actually got worse. Don’t waste your time.

  • phd_travelOctober 5, 2015Reply

    Strange mish mash of a story

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  • witster18October 7, 2015Reply

    Much better than it’s 5.5 rating at the time of this review.

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  • ida96October 9, 2015Reply

    Not feeling the love

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  • TheAnimalMotherOctober 9, 2015Reply

    Are The Critics On Drugs?

    Mostly panned by critics, I have to say, I really didn’t mind this film
    at all. The critics are simply wrong here, at least to my tastes they
    are. A few aspects may not have worked so well, sure, but I feel many
    aspects did work quite well. I enjoyed the vast subject matter, the
    entertaining cast, and the unique energy this film has. The
    storytelling here in my view is another interesting one in a long line
    of good and different Cameron Crowe films. When most of Hollywood is
    making very safe and predictable films, at least we still have a few
    American directors willing to do something different and willing to
    bring attention to often overlooked (or even new), issues. Most of all
    though it is the very grounded human feelings in Cameron Crowe films
    that really make them work for me. This is no exception. To me this was
    a fun, heartfelt, and somewhat thought provoking film. The critics can
    keep giving mindless films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Mad
    Max:Fury Road good reviews, but for me, this film kicks both their
    asses easily. 7/10

  • MatthewJ0713October 9, 2015Reply

    Ignore the worthless critics and wannabe critics

    Great Movie. I saw the trailer while watching something else and had to
    check it out. I like feel good movies. The critics will say you didn’t
    use Chinese or Asian people but ya know what Asia…there aren’t any
    good Asian actors for certain parts. Now a days you cant do anything
    without the internet trolls moaning and complaining. Movie was great.
    Story kept me and my Adult.A.D.D on point and normally i am off in my
    own world. The ending scene was moving and excellent work from the
    young girl. I’m a US Marine and i teared up. Good Job overall and i
    watched it twice!!! And to you dumb-dums that complain about race
    issues in this film or plot holes, i am glad i don’t personally know
    you. To know how much you wrote and said it was a bad movie….why’d
    you stay and watch the whole thing. I’d hate to be your significant
    other cause that must be he/ll putting up with you and your

  • Andrew MarshallOctober 10, 2015Reply


    Unlike a lot of people on IMDb most of my ratings are in the 3-7 range.
    A 2 is very unusual, but well deserved by Aloha. It escapes being the
    5th film of 800+ to get the bottom rating due to the fact that some of
    the scenery is pretty spectacular.

    The film tells the tale of a military man Brian Gilcrest (Bradley
    Cooper) returning to the Hawaii base where he meets up with his long
    lost love Tracy Goodrow (Rachel McAdams). There is a love triangle with
    Alison Ng (Emma Stone) who is assigned to him at the base.

    Bearing in mind just how photogenic the trio of actors are it’s hard to
    imagine just how little chemistry there is on screen. You really can’t
    care a jot how the love triangle ends and to be honest it’s a few weeks
    since I saw it and can’t remember what happens. A truly awful movie!!

  • sellingsalemOctober 15, 2015Reply

    Master storyteller forgot the most important ingredient – the STORY!!

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  • antdemorasOctober 15, 2015Reply

    There’s a great 2 hour and 10 minute movie somewhere…

    And it’s been cut down to 90 minutes here.

    This movie isn’t nearly as bad as I had come to expect. The plot is
    indeed stupid. There’s no way getting around that. And the third act
    straight-up derails, which is a shame, because there’s a lot of great
    individual pieces in this messy puzzle.

    Each dialogue-driven scene is great, it’s just that they don’t really
    lead up to anything and because the plot is a mess. And because of
    this, it holds back these strong, natural scenes.

    Overall, great performances from pretty much everyone are pretty much
    undone because of the preposterous plot that it’s all wrapped inside
    of. But even though it’s all over the place, it’s still a Cameron Crowe
    movie, and has all the best parts of what we’ve come to expect from

  • bsbulldogsOctober 18, 2015Reply

    Aloha no!

    Before watching this, my thoughts were that it was going to be an
    average film at best, I knew this didn’t have classic written all over
    it. Sometimes, when you first start off watching a particular film, you
    can tell it’s going to be bad about half way through or even a quarter
    of the way through. I could personally see it in the first ten minutes.
    Not much happened then and nothing much else followed. Critics can get
    it wrong when say for instance they say a movie is great yet you, the
    viewer find it terrible. Or when the critics hate a film and yet you
    love it. They got it wrong here by saying it was average as I found it
    to be terrible, possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen. The
    plot of the film is pathetic and non-existent, the acting is wooden,
    the story is dull and I could go on but I won’t be wasting any more
    time than it took me to sit through this one hour and forty five minute
    snooze-fest. Bradley Cooper and either Emma Stone/Rachel McAdams do not
    work as an on-screen couple as the chemistry was lacking, Alec Baldwin
    totally wasted as was John Krasinski, not like it matter much in any
    case. When I watch movies and need a bathroom break, I normally pause
    the movie. Here, a pause of the DVD was unnecessary as I didn’t miss a
    thing. So terrible this experience was, I wouldn’t even recommend
    buying this for a viewing if it were 50 cents in a op shop basket.

  • Robert W. ([email protected])October 26, 2015Reply

    Mis-directed and mis-advertised but certainly Cameron Crowe.

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  • Johan DondokambeyOctober 26, 2015Reply

    The acting’s what saved this movie

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  • eddie_bagginsNovember 8, 2015Reply

    Miscast and misguided, a real letdown from Crowe

    What a strange movie Aloha is. A film that is neither a proficient
    drama, a funny comedy or a romantic love story and it’s a film directed
    by well-respected and renowned filmmaker Cameron Crowe, the man
    responsible for Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire and Say Anything and many
    others making Aloha’s failings even more baffling.

    Put simply, Aloha is a messy film, an unfocused one even. From the
    films unappealing opening through to its lacklustre building blocks,
    Crowe for perhaps the first time ever has produced a truly heartless,
    soulless affair that for reasons unknown is also a for no good reason
    at all, complicated and almost incoherently structured tale.

    What could’ve been a simple and heart-warming tale of finding love,
    redemption and friendship on everyone’s favourite island of Hawaii
    instead becomes a strange mix of island lore, satellite wars and hula
    dancing lessons and Crowe seems to have become lost in his own
    self-worth with his no doubt personnel love letter to the American
    state. For a filmmaker so well adverse with making feel good titles
    it’s such a shame Aloha just never gels, right down to a miscast and
    struggling A list cast.

    Much was made upon release about Aloha’s casting choices but not
    looking to ply into Hollywood politics the end result of it all is that
    Aloha wastes a normally likable group of actors and actresses with
    unlikeable and non-relatable characters. Led by Bradley Cooper’s
    self-obsessed pilot turned contractor for hire Brian Gilcrest no one
    comes out of Aloha on top with Emma Stone’s part Asian (yes part Asian)
    Allison Ng the worst off while the underused Danny McBride and Bill
    Murray may as well of not shown up.

    It seems as though there was material left on the cutting room floor in
    concerns to Aloha’s wasted cast and overly packed narrative but it will
    never be known if it would’ve been enough to save Aloha from its
    downright mediocre nature.

    Redeemed somewhat by its winning island locales, a small amount of
    heartfelt scenes and an ending that belongs to a much better film,
    Aloha isn’t the years worst film by any stretch of the imagination but
    its most certainly one of the year’s most disappointing and it takes
    some type of effort to waste a cast like Crowe does here and the one
    time unflappable director has a lot of work ahead of him to get back to
    the perch he once sat on.

    2 baby’s called Don out of 5

  • MovieLord23November 9, 2015Reply

    Terrible film

    Cameron Crowe used to make some great movies that emphasized romance in
    a kind light without being too sappy. However, his movies have gone the
    other way around and become too sappy and very dull. Aloha might be the
    worst of the bunch for Crowe’s post Almost Famous career and for me
    quite possibly the dullest romantic comedy I’ve ever seen.

    Good: Hawaii always looks good and it is captured with beauty here.
    John Krasinski has some amusing moments as McAdam’s husband with his
    penchant of not talking. The physical presence of Emma Stone at least
    gave me something to do.

    Bad: First off, this is super boring. From the very beginning, there is
    no energy at all. No chemistry between the characters, no wit, no
    charm, and no humor. It is all dry and uneven with multiple attempts at
    life with no avail. Cooper and Stone have no chemistry whatsoever and
    their relationship has to be one of the most rushed I’ve seen. The
    whole subplot with McAdams is completely pointless and makes the movie
    drag even longer. The supporting cast involving Baldwin, Murray, and
    McBride are horribly wasted. The so called romantic moments are beyond
    flat and come off as very forced. There is also a big feel that the
    movie was just rushed. The editing is weird and some scenes feel like
    they should have ran longer. It feels like there should have been
    another movie before this one that explains what was going on. The
    supernatural element in the movie was also unnecessary and corny.

    Overall, this movie sucks. For such a great cast, there is no redeeming
    quality aside from Hawaii itself. No laughs, no romance, and
    unforgiving in its boredom.

  • JohnnaBondNovember 22, 2015Reply

    I can’t…

    I rented on iTunes and saw 8% (out of 100%) rating. I figured with this
    cast (ALL of whom I love!) it couldn’t truly be worth and 8%.

    It is worth less than 8%. Trust me, I feel bad sharing that, but it
    needs to be said.

    I know first hand how much goes into making a movie, and how many
    people it takes to do it, so it saddens me to share this.

    I also know how many dreamers are out there who want their movie made
    and couldn’t because someone financed this one.

    Usually, I wish to keep negative comments to myself…


  • monsbons-86841December 8, 2015Reply

    It is a lovely movie that made me fall in love with Hawaii

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  • Andrew GoldDecember 12, 2015Reply

    Aloha is identity crisis masquerading as a movie.

    Aloha has absolutely no idea what it wants to be. If I had to count,
    I’d say there are about 10 subplots in this movie which is about 9 too
    many for a romcom. Sure, it’s based on real-life, but that’s no excuse
    to make a terrible movie. It’s a chore to watch this thing, it took me
    three separate sittings before I can make it to the end without falling
    asleep or dying of boredom. Its tone is probably the worst offender.
    Like I said, it has no idea what it wants to be, so it tries to be
    everything. A love story, a political statement, a bittersweet comedy,
    a tense drama-mystery about a guy trying to control space – it does not
    mesh well at all. I had forgotten Alec Baldwin was even in the movie at
    one point, and that was probably the most interesting storyline in the
    damn thing. It’s frustrating because there is a good story in there!
    Somewhere! I think. It’s hard to tell with all the surrounding sh*t.

    The cast is the only good thing about this movie. It’s just a shame
    watching them have to recite this terrible dialogue to one another.
    They even have chemistry at times which helps during the cringe-y
    moments, but convincing acting doesn’t make a bad script good. It just
    makes a bad script… somewhat watchable. But don’t watch it. It sucks.

  • sol-December 14, 2015Reply

    Making the best choice for everyone is never easy

    Sent to Hawaii to oversee the launch of a communications satellite, a
    military contractor finds himself torn between his assignment to
    convince the local populace that the satellite is beneficial and his
    knowledge that it actually is not. The plot here is, however, somewhat
    more complicated than just that as our protagonist has to also deal
    with tension between himself and a former girlfriend, the advances of a
    constantly smiling cadet following him around and the suggestion of
    something sinister behind the satellite launch. The film throws more
    into the mix than what can be handled in its less than two hour
    duration and as a result, the various subplots receive unequal
    attention and disappointingly, the romances and the protagonist’s inner
    conflict receive far more time than the sinister elements at play and
    the satellite pseudoscience. To be fair, Emma Stone – and especially
    Rachel McAdams – are solid as the prospective love interests, but the
    chemistry between them and lead actor Bradley Cooper is never really
    there. Cooper’s internal dilemma (do I obey my superiors or put the
    real interests of the Hawaiians first?) is also rather mundane with an
    outcome too obvious from early on. The film certainly does have its
    moments though. The unspoken communication stuff between Cooper and
    John Krasinski is very, very good with gestures and looks telling all,
    and their scenes together remind one that this is indeed a Cameron
    Crowe movie. In general though, the film does not live up to reputation
    of its esteemed director and its mixed reputation is quite

  • robb-882-472407December 14, 2015Reply


    I had very high hopes for this film. A great director with an all star
    cast. It’s almost as if there was too much story to tell, and all the
    continuity was left on the cutting room floor.

    The plot line just jumps so much you wonder what is happening. After a
    while, you can sort of make assumptions on the intent of the plot. From
    there, you see where the intention had been to sew things together, but
    it just never really makes it into the story line, making the film very
    difficult to watch. I sincerely hope they someday release a directors
    cut that closes the plot gaps.

    I will say the acting was superb, as was the filmography. Spectacular
    exchanges between characters, and Bradly Cooper does an amazing job
    bringing the inner struggles of the character to the audience.

    In the end, I feel compelled to rate this film very low. It could have
    been a beautiful movie if produced better.

  • jaimeeandellieDecember 15, 2015Reply

    Rushed and Confusing

    Some funny and feel good scenes throughout the movie, but the whole
    idea of the film was confusing to watch and felt a bit rushed. I
    watched the movie with my mum and we were expecting big things, as the
    actresses Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone are top favourites of ours, but
    we were immensely disappointed.

    By rushed, I don’t mean the making of the film, I am talking about the
    rushed relationships in the movie as we got no context from any of the
    characters backgrounds or former relationships, which I consider very

    If you are looking through the reviews to decide whether to watch the
    movie, I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • wellman-71564December 17, 2015Reply

    Loved It

    I had no idea what this movie was about as I happened to click on it
    while scrolling through the channels. I absolutely loved this movie.
    Bradley cooper delivered another stellar performance. Emma Stone was
    captivating and believable to say the least. The story was completely
    original and having it set in Hawaii was a fantastic touch.

    Really can’t say enough good things about the movie so many touching
    moments and lessons learned through life. I was quite blown away by the
    message that was delivered and the story will stick with me for a long

    I highly recommend watching it

  • alindsay-alDecember 23, 2015Reply

    A poor dull film

    With the star power involved in this film I did have high hopes for it
    but it certainly lets you down. The premise sees a military contractor
    travel to Hawaii to negotiate a burial. When arriving he bumps into an
    old flame and possibly a new flame. Now bradley cooper is a great actor
    and he does a decent job in this film, its just that his character is
    pretty bland and has absolutely no chemistry with emma stone. Rachel
    mcadams is good in this film, her acting talent manages to overcome the
    poor script that she is given to work with. However, the same cannot be
    said for emma stone who was just simply miscast in this film. She
    attempts to portray a half Asian woman unsuccessfully and ends up
    becoming one of the most naive and annoying characters of 2015. I love
    emma stone but her chemistry with cooper just wasn’t there. Bill murray
    was so underutilized in this film and it makes you angry because of how
    much more he could have been. The story for the most part is bad. As I
    said you don’t buy the romance in the film which means you just don’t
    buy this film. But there are a few good emotional moments towards the
    end of the film that did really work. The script doesn’t work, the
    dialogue is so rapid that at times you have no idea what is going on
    and you don’t care. The style of the film really suffers, at first the
    hawaiian setting is nice but then they just keep shoving it in your
    face. Also the pacing of this film is bad and made this film even more
    of a chore to sit through. Overall this is a hugely disappointing film
    that is not worth seeing.

  • lisee_luluDecember 23, 2015Reply

    Boring, confusing… *yawn*

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  • SnoopyStyleDecember 24, 2015Reply

    fascinating overstuffed mess

    Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) has always wanted to be in the space
    program. His military career is over and he has recovered from a
    terrible incident in Kabul. He is working for mercurial billionaire
    Carson Welch (Bill Murray) who is building a private rocket facility in
    Hawaii. He needs to recruit the locals to bless a gate. The military
    assigns Air Force pilot Allison Ng (Emma Stone) as his watchdog.
    Gilcrest reconnects with his former love Tracy Woodside (Rachel
    McAdams) who has a family with Woody (John Krasinski).

    Wow! Cameron Crowe has cobbled together a crazy set of story elements.
    Emma Stone is part Chinese Hawaiian. Her character is an insane
    writer’s creation. Her acting does no favor to the character. There’s a
    rocket launch and an international peace treaty. The Chinese are
    hacking and there’s an audio weapon. There is a lot of Hawaiian
    mysticism. I do love Rachel McAdams. She is absolutely enchanting and
    her part of the movie actually works. That only teases a much better
    movie somewhere in this convoluted mess.

  • tigerfish50December 24, 2015Reply

    Aloha Hell

    Neither drama, comedy, dra-medy, love story or rom-com, ‘Aloha’ sets a
    new standard for cinematic ineptitude. A muddled plot with implausible
    characters, a lifeless romance, tired humor and embarrassing
    sentimentality adds up to a fully-certified, dead-on-arrival turkey.
    Writer/director Crowe throws a truckload of formulaic movie gimmicks
    onto the screen in a desperate attempt to save his bloated trifle from
    bombing in spectacular fashion, but every prosaic ploy worsens the
    growing catastrophe.

    Bradley Cooper rolls out some routine square-jawed charm to crank up
    his lukewarm romance with Emma Stone, whose default behavioral mode is
    insufferable perkiness. Their creepy-cloying love affair appears to be
    the central narrative arc – combined with some lame sub-plots about
    Hawaiian eco-activism, the parentage of an old flame’s daughter, and
    Chinese hackers hacking a corporate wacko’s attempts to put a nuke into
    orbit. Not one minute of this absurd drivel is the slightest bit
    convincing, as ‘Aloha’ crashes and burns along with Crowe’s tattered
    reputation as a film-maker.

  • Ellie LouDecember 24, 2015Reply

    Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh make it stop

    …”Ughhhhhhh” is a word which would sum up my time watching the movie
    ‘Aloha’. I was extremely intrigued when I saw the synopsis and cast of
    this movie: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Emma Stone (my
    personal favourite), and even Michael Chernus who appeared in Orange is
    the new Black. Obviously I’m no professional but it would seem
    difficult to make a film containing such great actors so dull. I’ll
    have to admit that I didn’t watch the ending, although I can vouch that
    the beginning and middle of the movie was tragically slow paced and I
    don’t expect the ending was any better. I recommend this to anyone who
    enjoys the prospect of bawling your eyes out with boredom.

  • Imdb QueenDecember 28, 2015Reply

    Think different

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  • thesar-2December 31, 2015Reply

    Goodbye Horseshit

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  • skitchpJanuary 2, 2016Reply

    Quirky and Entertaining

    I don’t think this is as bad as some made it out to be. The movie is a
    bit quirky at times, but still displays good entertainment value with a
    truly outstanding cast. Good chemistry between Cooper, Stone, and
    McAdams along with some warm moments overall. The ”silent”
    communication/dialogue between ”Woody” and ”Brian” is a hoot and Stone
    is great as the spirited ”Allison Ng.” The lovely Rachel McAdams adds
    to any movie, and she’s perfect in her role in this one. There are
    certainly multiple plots going on, and they don’t all get in-depth
    development, but there’s enough there to keep things at a nice pace. Oh
    yes, just the right amount of Alec Baldwin to stir things up a bit.

  • socrates99January 3, 2016Reply

    This worked as my wife’s fun movie pick

    This is a nice amalgam of charming performances, that of Emma Stone and
    Rachel McAdams, particularly, and the mystique of Hawaii with a minimum
    plot that mostly serves as a flimsy but inoffensive excuse.

    Bradley Cooper who is no slouch is the narrative center of the film
    with Stone, McAdams and even Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin revolving
    around his character’s actions. Cooper and McAdams both pull out their
    usual impressive set of moves, but the real delight of the show is Emma
    Stone, who sparkles impossibly brightly.

    When Ms. Stone comes on screen you’re immediately reminded of old
    movies where some perky leading lady momentarily steals the show. That
    was never a centerpiece in movie’s heyday, but Ms Stone is so
    immediately lovable in this film, that she nearly overwhelms everyone
    else’s performance. And that’s worth the price of admission by itself.

  • Floated2January 4, 2016Reply


    Aloha starring Bradley Cooper where he plays Brian Gilchrest, a
    military contractor who almost lost his life and career in Afghanistan.
    Fast forwards many years later, and he’s now given a second shot in
    Hawaii, where a flamboyant billionaire (Bill Murray) is paying him to
    negotiate with Hawaiian tribesman and put a satellite into orbit.
    Greeting Gilchrist at the airport are his ex-girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel
    McAdams), ensconced with her new love (John Krasinski); as well as a
    fast-talking fighter pilot named Allison Ng (Emma Stone), who has been
    dispatched to babysit Brian while he’s in Hawaii. The plot of Aloha is
    held at bay for so long that eventually it arrives in a pile-up of
    last-minute twists, and strangely and belatedly the film’s two funniest

  • Thomas ([email protected])January 15, 2016Reply

    Talent wasted

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  • ChuckifyJanuary 16, 2016Reply

    if you don’t think this movie makes sense

    If you think this movie doesn’t make sense, it’s not because the
    director is dumb, or anything like that — it’s likely that you are
    simply dumb.

    If you think this movie doesn’t make sense, it’s not because the
    director is dumb, or anything like that — it’s likely that you are
    simply dumb.

    If you think this movie doesn’t make sense, it’s not because the
    director is dumb, or anything like that — it’s likely that you are
    simply dumb.

    If you think this movie doesn’t make sense, it’s not because the
    director is dumb, or anything like that — it’s likely that you are
    simply dumb.

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  • michaelanthonygrantJanuary 23, 2016Reply

    This is actually terrible

    Don’t. Just Don’t even bother. The actors in this film must have lost a
    bet or something. I genuinely don’t understand how this got made.

    I’d write something more constructive but it’s not worth spending
    anymore time thinking about this film.

    End of.

    Don’t. Just Don’t even bother. The actors in this film must have lost a
    bet or something. I genuinely don’t understand how this got made.

    I’d write something more constructive but it’s not worth spending
    anymore time thinking about this film.

    End of.

  • Danae V. LambrosJanuary 28, 2016Reply


    Don’t believe the ratings when it comes to this film. Sure, there are a
    few inconsistencies here and there regarding the story threads,
    especially in the first third of the film, but if you can get beyond
    that and let the story and characters truly unfold, this is a little
    gem of a film. The acting is really spot on, particularly with Cooper,
    McAdams, Krasinski, the over-eager but slightly insecure Emma Stone,
    and the super- talented teenage actress who plays Grace. In fact, the
    final moments of the film were beautifully acted and embodied the whole
    spirit of this film. The most powerful feelings often cannot be fully
    expressed in words; but the power of gestures and in particular the
    amazing eye contact and non-verbal acting talent in this film, are what
    truly makes it so satisfying to watch. If you want a heart-satisfying
    story that mirrors the the complexities of real life, and the emotional
    layers that are often expressed through the power of gestures (the
    beautiful Hawaiian dancing comes to mind), then Crowe has served up a
    truly satisfying feel-good film. I highly recommend it.

  • bjariasJanuary 29, 2016Reply easy and justifiable Aloha

    Just goes to show big names (Crowe, Cooper, McAdams, Stone) will not
    always guarantee to get you into the black. This was a case where the
    story-line did not pan out. It’s just totally unmemorable (and that’s
    after seeing it yesterday!). When you think of coming across a film
    another time, and will readily watch it all over again… well this is
    NOT one of those movies, and when that includes the likes of a McAdams
    and a Stone that is not good. And it’s not going to be on anyone’s
    ‘recommend’ list, even though it’s probably one of Cooper’s more
    watchable performances (guess that says something). It had to be a case
    where it looked a lot better on paper than what came out on the screen.
    The writer-director-producer dynamic does not always go well.

  • tochukwu-83206February 6, 2016Reply

    Wastage of an A-list cast

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  • nahum-ezerFebruary 7, 2016Reply

    Realistic for the content

    After living on a remote military base, for the space business – and as
    a contractor – this film does show what it is really like in that
    business. Others have said that this film is ”all over the place,” and
    it is like the director expected you to already know or understand most
    of the missing details. From my background, it was not difficult to do

    Even though this film is realistic (I kept thinking, ”that’s what it
    was like for me when I was there!”) , it still needs work. I would not
    highly recommend it, to watch with your family. It would be okay if you
    just wanted to find out what the space business is like, or wanted to
    find out what you might have to deal with, if you went overseas as a

    In conclusion, this is more of a reality show than a family movie. I
    really don’t like the language or the adultery. I guess the director
    wanted to tell you how it really is for some people.

  • valeriefoyFebruary 9, 2016Reply

    Aloha aaahhh

    Judging from all the negative reviews, this movie has taken a bad rap.
    Aloha is smart and if you are bored by smart then I am sorry for you. I
    loved it!! It made me think more about the importance of relationships
    and what makes them tick. It was great. Through all the twists and
    turns of life as a married couple, this movie shows how couples can
    keep it together. It ended on a positive note and that’s even better.

    Beautiful Hawaiian scenes, fantastic dialogue, great story and cast
    with great acting. I seriously doubt that all those actors involved
    would take on a terrible story as has been mentioned in other reviews.
    It’s not a terrible story. It has great character development by great
    acting. Take a chance and watch Aloha.

  • tieman64March 5, 2016Reply

    From Here to Eternity

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  • mboylegMarch 7, 2016Reply

    Expected less

    When I see a movie listed that I am not familiar with, I typically do a
    search on it to see what others thought of it. Most of the critique on
    this film was negative. But I always need to be the judge.

    After watching this movie, I was so pleasantly surprised with how much
    I enjoyed it that I was happy that I went with my gut and spent the
    time. Since then, whenever it’s on, I get hooked all over again.

    Some say it’s a feel good film and I think that’s exactly how I would
    describe it. The story, the characters, the acting, all solid. It was
    bright and interesting.

    With regard to Ng, never been much of a Stone fan but she made the
    movie with her zest for life and her optimistic, spiritual buoyancy.
    Much has been made of how her character does not look ‘diverse’ enough
    but she makes it a point to say she is Chinese, Hawaiian and Swedish.
    Just maybe the Swedish genes were dominant but she never wavers from
    and in fact embraces her Asian roots so I saw it as all good.

  • mohdjad70March 12, 2016Reply

    A single word like underrated is not enough to describe this; its brilliant and thought provoking.

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  • ben bensonMarch 15, 2016Reply

    Aloha vs The Martian

    Spoiler alert if you have not yet seen ”The Martian” 2015.

    I recently watched both ”Aloha” and ”The Martian” and this morning had
    been checking the internet for a comparison on the two 2015 films and
    hoping to find some like minded reviews, unfortunately this was not the
    case. One of the highlights from my web search was finding many posts
    from fans of The Martian wondering if it was based on a true story.
    Wow. This film almost feels like a collective internet voted choose
    your own adventure gone wrong featuring Matt Damon playing a botanist/
    astronaut (Wow) mixing his own fecal matter with Martian soil to grow
    potatoes in a greenhouse for what seemed like half an hour (riveting
    cinema) then ripping off the plot from the 1999 film Red Planet (worth
    a watch). This film as of right now has an IMDb rating of 8.1 WTF.
    Aloha on the other hand is currently rated at only 5.5.

    Aloha boasts an all star cast including some very humorous cameo
    appearances with well written characters and story throughout. While
    there are definite leftist messages within this film, it plays as in-
    background to a multi-layered and complicated (human), warts and all
    story of love and moral dilemmas. In saying that the messages are still
    there and worthy of conversation in current times, touching on the
    treatment and perceptions of indigenous cultures, the ”potential”
    freedoms available to billionaires within military and other government
    organisations and ”potential” realities of military and mercenary
    occupation. Yeah I know, all that in one film. Please watch/ re-watch
    if you missed the point of this one and tell your friends, it deserves
    a better rating. It would be a great shame to see Writer, Director,
    Producer Cameron Crowe be discouraged from making films like this.

    Aloha 10/10 from me at first watch, definitely worth a few re watches
    at a later date.

    The Martian 4/10 because i like vegetable gardens, not because i like
    to watch Matt Damon wander around for two hours (I DON’T).

  • Roland E. Zwick ([email protected])April 2, 2016Reply

    Admirable attempt falls flat

    Cameron Crowe’s ”Aloha” is at its most interesting when it’s focusing
    on Hawaiian folklore and legends and the perpetual conflict between the
    natives and an American government that is viewed as little more than
    an interloper by the islanders. Unfortunately, in the screenplay by
    Crowe, this intriguing aspect is largely relegated to the background
    while a comparatively banal love triangle takes center stage.

    The male point of that triangle is a cynical, morally compromised
    military contractor played by Bradley Cooper whose return to Hawaii
    complicates the lives of his ex-girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) and the
    female Air Force captain (Emma Stone) assigned to be his liaison
    between the military and the natives on the islands.

    While Cooper is trendily worldweary and vulnerable, Stone is upbeat,
    cutesy and perky to the point of distraction.

    Despite an amiable cast that includes Bill Murray, John Krasinski,
    Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles, there are not a
    whole lot of buy-in points for the viewer, thanks to insufficiently
    developed characters and a lack of focus in the storytelling.

    Even a nicely executed final scene isn’t enough to redeem most of
    what’s come before.

  • melodyjarredondoApril 6, 2016Reply

    It was good despite the rating

    I was excited when I saw the cast of this film only to find out that it
    had a pretty poor rating. A friend had even recommended it to me, but I
    questioned her judgment compared to what apparently 30k people have
    thought about it. But I finally decided to give it a go, and it was
    worth it. I honestly don’t know why it has such a low rating. The film
    is definitely slower, but it’s the feel of the movie. I thought it was
    interesting, romantic, and funny. It even made me laugh out loud a few
    times. I loved Emma’s character but Bradley Cooper’s character took a
    little warming up to. If you go into it with an open mind, I think you
    will be pleasantly surprised.

  • cmv32261April 23, 2016Reply

    ”What really makes me see RED.”

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  • kevinavellanedaMay 14, 2016Reply

    Will remind you of life 🙂

    For those who are stressed out in life or those who are so used to
    seeing action/sci fi/horror films that doesn’t have much meaning on
    them this is one is a good heartwarming and uplifting movie. You will
    totally enjoy it.

    Not a fan of being a ”movie critic” where everything in a movie should
    be perfect from audio to video editing etc. For me all movies are
    pieces of artwork. We will like some and dislike others. But artworks
    are never created to be perfect but to convey meaning when you look at

    Soundtracks are cool, the casts were perfect for their roles. The story
    is not that complicated and is really inspiring. It isn’t that much
    dramatic to make it the most life changing movie you’ll ever see but
    that’s not the goal of the film.

    The film is about making you feel the story. Making you ”like” life
    again despite all the stresses about work and etc.

    Before I start watching this one, I’m all stressed out – you know one
    of those moods when you feel like everything is going the wrong way.
    But the movie will make you feel rejuvenated in life, inspired, happy
    and will remind you that life is simple – Be inspired and enjoy life.
    Don’t take it too hard.

    This movie is definitely one for keeps.

  • mattkratz ([email protected])May 26, 2016Reply


    This is the type of movie that works-the good story clicks with an
    outstanding cast! A military hero with ”big dreams in the sky” arrives
    home in Hawaii and gets involved in military stuff, the ”restless
    natives,” and two loves of his life-one new (a military lady) and one
    old one from his distant past.

    This works with good characters, a great cast (Bradley Cooper, Alec
    Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, etc.), and plenty of other stuff.
    I enjoyed everything about it, and you will too. The gorgeous scenes in
    Hawaii work too, and the photography was amazing. That was one of the
    best parts. This was good for the whole family.

    *** out of ****

  • kosmaspJune 11, 2016Reply

    Crowe for help

    So maybe this isn’t the best Cameron Crowe movie there is. But it still
    is better than some other movies out there. There is a certain charm
    (not to mention a cast list that reads incredible) to it all. It might
    be convoluted and it might have some major storytelling issues (not to
    mention a very strange romantic story, that while predictable still is
    weird), but it is kind of funny.

    There is wit, there is funny situations and there is a strange military
    subplot, with Mr. Baldwin and others at the top of it. Or are they?
    It’s tough to tell at times what is going on and what the movie is
    trying to tell the viewer. If you have patience you may be rewarded for
    that …

  • useazebraJune 15, 2016Reply

    So bad that I created an IMDb account just to rate it

    Pros: Great actors and actresses

    Cons: Terrible script, non-stop awkward scenes that would never ever
    happen in real life, weird editing choices, terrible sound mixing, and
    nonsensical plot. Not even John Krasinski and Bill Murray could save
    this film.

    The film contains numerous military personnel, but none of them act
    like military. Zero military bearing. Zero understanding of military
    chain of command, approvals, promotion criteria, etc. It was honestly
    painful, and I’m not military.

    The film also talks about spaceflight with zero comprehension of the
    industry. It’s honestly insulting, just how little they understood of
    how and why private space industry is a thing.

    It has a plot, but it’s nonsense. A real plot is based on people acting
    like real people–or at least justifiably–to get what they want. The
    characters don’t behave like real people, and they don’t reasonably or
    consistently pursue things that they want.

    The actors did a good job–John Krasinski in particular–but there’s
    only so much you can do with a terrible script, lousy directing, and
    editing/sound that makes you look and sound like a derp.

  • foghorn_cljJune 27, 2016Reply

    As bad as everyone says it is….

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  • ricmetalsterJuly 21, 2016Reply


    I don’t understand the bad rating for this movie, at all! Great movie
    man. Wonderful cast, and the movie has greats moments and some powerful
    messages. Shaking my head at the 5 rating on IMDb. 10/10. All i can say
    after watching the movie, and speaking about the low ratings it gets is
    that the movie targets exactly the why of the low rating it has.
    People’s lack of understanding, care and..well, love. I advise you to
    watch this. Just for sake of having to add the necessary 10 lines of
    text for the IMDb review – which i don’t understand; when the world
    communicates at 140 characters at a time – again, i would watch the
    movie, if you haven’t already.

  • WesleyAugust 3, 2016Reply

    Terrible Plot And Acting

    This movie is a waste of time and money, honestly. The story was so
    poorly written, you will have no idea what is going on the entire time
    you’re watching the movie. Things happening at random points of the
    film and made no sense at all. No back story and random people just
    appears in the movie without any leading up story. The entire movie
    just seemed ”empty”. No story telling, no moral value to take from it
    whatsoever. The disastrous acting skill from the actors/actresses only
    made it worse. It didn’t seem like they enjoy shooting the film, and
    only did it for the money. They were definitely not into their
    characters when the filming was taking place.

  • latinfineartAugust 5, 2016Reply

    Wonderful film. Excellent writing. An adult story

    Not sure why so many are complaining about this film. I watched it, and
    was quite charmed by it. Watched it again, after recommending it to a
    few friends. Half of them got it, the other half complained. I found
    the writing to be bordering on magical. A bit surreal at times. It is
    becoming so hard to find a well written film, coming out of Hollywood
    these days, so it is refreshing when one finds something like this. The
    scenes with Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams (both were outstanding)
    were totally believable, and there was real chemistry there. His
    character was well conceived, and Alec Baldwin was funny. But, the top
    scenes in the film were with the Maestro Bill Murray. Oh my God. They
    must have been written with him in mind.

    There were some plot contrivances that were a bit much. But, they are
    forgivable, when the rest of the film is this good.

    Virtually the entire scene in the bar for the Christmas party was pure
    magic. I will not give anything away here, but pay attention to the
    dialogue. It is gorgeous. That scene alone is worth watching this movie
    for. Many screenwriters and directors could take a cue from this film.
    It is very well put together, and a delightful film to watch.

  • Michael O'KeefeOctober 6, 2016Reply

    A billionaire wants to launch a private payload.

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  • studioATNovember 1, 2016Reply


    With the pedigree of the cast and creative team (well, Cameron Crowe)
    involved, you wouldn’t expect this film to be a flop. But oh dear it

    Shoddy dialogue, pointless scenes, and wooden performances all come
    together to make you want to say ‘goodbye’ rather than ‘Aloha’. It’s
    almost a headache trying to work out how very good actors like Rachel
    McAdams who are normally so reliable all came together to make this
    sorry mess of the film.

    Admittedly it picks up after a particularly bad first half hour, but
    never to the level it should.

    The less said about Bill Murray’s role in this the better too. How a
    guy who famously chooses his projects carefully looked at this script
    and thought it would be good I don’t know.

    Avoid this film.

  • Desertman84November 10, 2016Reply

    Crowe Should Have Worked More On The Script

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  • Errikos HatzipantelisDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Worst movie I have ever seen

    They were stretching the movie so bad. I am disappointed for sitting
    through the whole movie. It was just a waste of time. One of the worst
    movies I have ever seen along with Tarzan(2016)Bad casting terrible
    acting. That is all I want to say and I don’t recommend this to anyone
    unless they want to kill themselves or just waste their 107 minutes
    from their life. I really want to go to the director and tell him what
    a disappointment he is and then I am going to think about how
    disappointed I am from my self for watching the whole movie. I believe
    that even I could make a better movie out of these actors and story and
    it would not even be hard. Just flock all those people and their
    totally fraud movie. I would be ashamed to put this in the theaters
    even if I would make a ton of money. The worst scene is the one with
    the party with the Hawaiian locals. It was just extremely boring and sh
    atty. I am much prouder for the time wasted to write this review than I
    am for watching the movie. If you were getting ready to watch it you
    still have time to quit guys. Fock this movie………

  • joaquinnqDecember 19, 2016Reply

    A little gem, to see without prejudice

    It is not easy to encapsulate Aloha in a genre. It’s not the usual
    Rom-Com, although the argument might lead one to believe that yes. The
    main thread describes the dramatic arc of a man centered on his work,
    capable of loving, but with difficulty to engage in lasting
    relationships. In addition, the film explores some manifestations of
    Hawaiian culture and parody some clichés about military conflicts and
    conspiracies, with unequal effectiveness.

    The speed with which Aloha travels from one genre to another, sometimes
    in the middle of the same scene or dialogue, must have confused more
    than one viewer. It is understood that it has not reached a greater
    success, between the public and the critic.

    But Aloha has beautiful details to watch and taste, combining serious
    and emotive subjects with a fine humor, in a delicate balance.

    Also, it is a film with an outstanding casting. The protagonists do
    their work. Rachel McAdams is charming. It’s a pleasure to see Bill
    Murray. And it is remarkable the discovery of Danielle Rose Russell, a
    young actress who delivers a memorable performance, to close a light
    and touching film, that tackles serious issues without taking them too

  • coshea90April 21, 2017Reply


    Arguably the worst film I’ve seen in ages – the ending is so bad I
    can’t even.

    I don’t even know what the point of this was or how anyone thought it
    would be a good idea to be in this film.

    There is no content in the movie – it was all filler.

  • atlasmbMay 9, 2017Reply

    A Poetic Gem

    One reviewer said the main problem with this film is its tone, but tone
    is the one thing this film has in spades. ”Aloha” uses plenty of
    understatement to deliver a thoughtful, poetic film that might remind
    some of ”Local Hero”.

    The three leads–Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams–are
    delightful. In fact, the entire cast is excellent.

    The action does take place in Hawaii, but I don’t want to say much
    about the plot, because it is full of surprises that should not be
    spoiled. I will say that it celebrates island culture.

  • prudhocjMay 28, 2017Reply

    Forget everything you think you know about this movie and just watch it!

    I’m not entirely sure what got this film deep-sixed but ignore
    everything you’ve read about it and watch it! It’s very good….great
    performances and cast, good script, Hawaii, Emma Stone and ”Bumpy”. It
    never drags and the story has a tidy little twist at the end that is
    very satisfying. Much, much better than the nay-sayers convoluted,
    misguided attempts to sound smart and politically correct at the
    expense of what’s actually on the screen.

  • Dennis W McKinney ([email protected])May 30, 2017Reply

    I loved this movie!

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