BY Molly Congdon
As soon as I walked out of the theater, the first word that flashed through my mind — in bright, blinking lights — was BUMMER!
I genuinely was looking forward to seeing Cameron Crowe’s latest movie, “Aloha,” for an assortment of reasons, chief among them the male lead.
Bradley Cooper is a tremendous actor — think of the powerfully captivating narrative capability of Eddie Morra in “Limitless”; his awkward anger as Pat in “Silver Linings Playbook”; his manic, afro-rocking FBI agent Richie DiMaso in “American Hustle”; and his stunning turn as Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.” His career has only continued soaring upward where the real stars settle in the dark sky.
However, “Aloha” may have caused him to descend a bit.
Mainly, it’s a confusing film; it felt as though too many things were happening at once, like too many lunch items being thrown into a brown paper bag, causing it to rip apart.
Anyway, back to Cooper. His character, Brian Gilcrest — a military man who had a near-death experience that involved a missile in Afghanistan who is now employed by a billionaire private defense contractor Carson Welch (Bill Murray), has hit bottom in both his personal and professional life. So he heads to the place most like home — his former Air Force base in Hawaii — to sort himself out and heal old wounds. Of course, he was pushed into going back by Welch with work-related assignments.
As fate would have it, Woody (John Krasinski) — the pilot who gives him a lift — just happens to be married to Gilcrest’s former girl, Tracey (Rachel McAdams). They seem pretty happy but then they begin to drift from that satisfaction.
While on the base, Brian is provided with an escort, Capt. Ng (Emma Stone). In the beginning she’s super serious, all business, but just as with Tracey and Woody, that changes as well.
You needn’t be clairvoyant to realize that Cooper and Stone’s characters were going to fall in love.
McAdams and Stone have also had their fair share of wonderful roles. If you add these two actresses, who also actually have talent to go with their good looks, to Cooper you might think that equation would equal a good flick. You’d be wrong.
Ultimately, there’s no larger framework for the story and not enough character development.
This is something to watch if there’s nothing better to do on a rainy day, or you want to chill out in some air conditioning. Of course, my advice would be to wait until you can rent it on your television or pick it up at your closest Redbox, given the cost of movie tickets.
Final thought: The film takes place in Hawaii. Where were all of the native Hawaiians?