May 29, 2015

Danny McBride and Bradley Cooper in ALOHA.

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Written by: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Danny McBride

Rating: PG-13 (for some language including suggestive comments)

Running Time: 105 minutes

There are a lot of reviewers referring to Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA as a disaster. I think that assessment is disingenuous. I’ve seen enough films to realize that ALOHA is not a trainwreck. However, I don’t think this is a good film either. It is uneven, at times unfocused, and meandering. But there are some good things about the film, too. There are two scenes between Bradley Cooper and John Krasinski that are just brilliant. Cooper’s numerous interactions with Rachel McAdams character are also good. Emma Stone, who I really like as an actress, gets the short-end here playing a whiz-bang, golly-geez, quasi 1950s spark plug (think Superman’s Jimmy Olsen) that seems a little out of place and limits any potential chemistry between her and Cooper.

Grade: C