Movie Review Flashback- Aloha

Aloha poster

Cameron Crowe wrote, directed, and produced the drama Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.

Military contractor Brian Gilcrest returns to Hawaii after recovering from a injury while working in Afghanistan. He is trying to organize a traditional blessing for a new pedestrian gate on behalf of his boss, who also wants to build a space center. 

He reconnects with his former girlfriend Tracy, who is married with two kids, but her and her husband are having problems. He also gets saddled with Captain Allison Ng, who is his idealistic Air Force liaison who also happens to be a quarter Hawaiian. 

As Brian and Allison grow closer, he soon discovers that his boss may have other plans that he is hiding from his company, the Air Force, and from the Hawaiian people. As he tries to make decisions, but also finds he has a daughter that he never knew he had. 

Aloha is a great movie. While the pacing is a little slow, the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii, the skills of the actors, and the story itself carries the film well. As far as the casting issue, I think the media overblew. Emma Stone was great as Captain Ng.

FAVORITE QUOTE: Did you see my TEDtalk? Bono made me do it. 

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong language, sexual innuendo, thematic elements

CAST:

  • Bradley Cooper as Brian Gilcrest
  • Emma Stone as Captain Allison Ng
  • Rachel McAdams as Tracy Woodside
  • Bill Murray as Carson Welch
  • John Krasinski as John “Woody” Woodside
  • Danny McBride as Colonel “Fingers” Lacy
  • Alec Baldwin as General Dixon
  • Bill Camp as Bob Largent
  • Michael Chernus as Roy
  • Jaeden Lieberher as Mitchell, Tracy and Woody’s 9-year-old son.
  • Danielle Rose Russell as Grace, Tracy and Brian’s 12-year-old daughter
  • Edi Gathegi as Lieutenant Colonel Curtis
  • Bumpy Kanahele as himself

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