Title: Aloha Director: Cameron Crowe Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 45m
“A celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.”
1:43 – All this ye olde stuff, it’s easy to think we bought the wrong film! 4:52 – Hawaiian myth buff is not easy to say. 9:46 – I have no idea what’s going on and the airport scene made me dizzy. Not a great start! 14:13 – Eavesdropping people talking about you never ends well. 18:22 – I mean, that’s an actual location from LOST. Eek! 27:49 – “That was all about land, cash and cell phones. Nothing’s sacred.” 31:34 – Sharing an apparition is not as romantic as you’d think. 35:40 – Ultimatum vacation. 45:37 – What is she talking about, being a fighter pilot is properly sexy. 57:01 – I’m so confused by the two-toe situation. It’s stressing me out a bit. 1:01:18 – Sunglasses included in the hat! Crazy. 1:08:10 – Santa rage. 1:10:33 – “Was he angry?” “He decapitated Santa Claus.” 1:22:27 – Feels like private space travel is more politically complicated than I mighta thought. 1:23:57 – Love angry Alec Baldwin. 1:32:12 – Best conversation ever.
Such a frustrating film. All the elements seemed like they were going to be great - stellar cast, beautiful setting, interesting script.
Sadly, none of it made any sense at all. There was plenty of implied knowledge about Hawaii and its myths, history and legends. I had no clue who all the people were supposed to be and how they fitted in to the story, who actually was Bradley Cooper and what was he doing?
There were a few scenes that were brilliant - the silent conversation between men, Alec Baldwin screaming his rage as a greeting - but it was like watching lots of scenes pieced together with none of them joining up. There was also a jarring moment when Bradley and Emma were stomping across a grassy hill just like a scene from LOST. I guess that’s the price you pay for everything being filmed in the same place!
It was quite enjoyable watching the beauty of it, but I’m enormously grateful there was no test of understanding at the end.