“Aloha” is a film that you really want to be good.  It seems to have all the ingredients for a fine movie.  It was written and directed by Cameron Crowe–remember “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”  It is, of course, set in Hawaii.  The scenery is wonderful.  There is a cast of talented actors.  But in spite of all these things, the movie just doesn’t work.  It is billed as a romantic comedy, but a key element of the plot deals with a military contractor who is using his position to advance his company to the detriment of the government and the people of Hawaii. Crowe also includes scenes describing the injustices done to native Hawaiians.  In addition, the characters are not fully developed, so despite good acting there are too many loose ends.

In spite of all these faults, there are parts of the movie that are funny and enjoyable.  Millionaire military contractor, Bill Murray, dancing with Emma Stone, an Air Force captain; Bradley Cooper and John Krasinski wordlessly communicating their feelings, with accompanying subtitles; and Alex Baldwin, playing a military general, ranting and raving, which he does so well, about Cooper messing up his mission.  0043396443433_p0_v4_s118x184

See this movie, but don’t expect too much.

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