Monday, June 29, 2015

Critics are saying good-bye to Aloha

Movie:    Aloha

PG-13, 1 hour 45 minutes

Grade:  C

In a Nutshell:   The cast is a delight to watch: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray.  Unfortunately, this RomCom is just too messy.   Most of the characters will frustrate you, as well as the pacing and transitions.  It’s pretty predictable, but yeah, I’m a sucker…the last scene made me tear up a little anyway.

Uplifting Theme:
·         In the beginning of the movie, a kid who is a Hawaiian myth buff (played by Jaeden Lieberher)  announces the theme by asking Colonel “Fingers”, “Are you aware of the so-called ‘Arrival Myth’?  The calendars all say that this week is the return of the playful Hawaiian god “Lono” and he will wreak havoc in the sky with the fire goddess Pele.”
·         “Nothing’s sacred.  It’s all for sale.” – Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper)
·         Bill Murray’s character explains “The future isn’t just something that happens.  It’s a brutal force with a great sense of humor that’ll steam-roll you if you’re not watching.”
·         Islander purity and folktale vs. big business

Things I liked:
·         The movie starts with the sounds and images of old Hawaii, including cultural and military history.  Throughout the movie you get to hear lots of great Hawaiian music and feel the laid-back attitude of the islanders.
·         Emma Stone’s character describes Bradley Cooper’s character by saying “you look into his eyes and it’s like miles of blue.”  I’m pretty sure a lot of other women would agree.
·         Who doesn’t like Alec Baldwin as a fast-talking general?  I first loved him in a military uniform in The Hunt for Red October
·         The unspoken “conversations” between Brian and Woody weres hilarious and awesome.
·         Watching Emma Stone dance with Bill Murray was both funny and disturbing.  She said “I danced with the devil and I liked it.”

Things I didn’t like:
·         It’s pretty insensitive and inappropriate for a spouse to invite an ex over for dinner, don’t you think?  It’s got to be one of the most awkward positions you can put your spouse in, right?  Rachel McAdams’ character seemed too selfish to me by putting her unfinished, romantic past before the needs and happiness of her marriage and family. Yeah, yeah…there’s that “thing”…NO Spoiler alert.
·         Emma Stone’s character is a little too intense and the performance uneven.
·         It might surprise you to know this mediocre movie was written and directed by Cameron Crowe, who brought us box office hits like Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous



Funny lines:
·         “A double espresso.” – Brian
“Good morning Sir!  I’m so jacked for today!”  - Allison Ng
“Make that a triple.” – Brian
·         “Why is dad in places where the war is supposed to be over?” - Grace
“Oh, I don’t know, Sweetie.  That’s why your mom takes long walks.” – Tracy
·         “You’re a workaholic who creates works to avoid real work.” – Tracy
“Well, I’m still working on that.” – Brian
·         “I don’t hook-up; I get deployed.” – Allison Ng
·         “I’d just rather be alone.  Mostly it’s with guys like me.  I just call them ‘alone- togethers.’” – Allison Ng
·         “Happy holidays Bottom-Feeder.” – General Dixon

Interesting lines:
·         I will tell you this for sure.  In its many forms , I have found that nothing beats fun.” – Brian
“Maybe, purpose.”  - Allison Ng
·         “If we can’t look up and see purity or promise, we are finished.” – Allison Ng

Tips for Parents:
·         Young children will be bored with all of the romantic drama.  Teenage girls will get lost in Bradley Cooper’s eyes and the love triangle.
·         There is very little profanity

·         Pre-marital sex,.  You see people kissing and then later, they're in bed.

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