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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Aloha Review

Aloha is abut a celebrated military contractor named Brian Gilcrest (Cooper) as he returns to the site of his greatest career triumph as he tries to reconnect with a long lost love (McAdams) while at the same time unexpectedly falling in love with the fighter pilot watch-dog assigned to him (Stone)
If America was enjoyable, and Mexico was boring, this movie would be stuck on the fence. It couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Aloha was one of those movies where your enjoying your watch but, at the same time you wish the movie would end. The biggest problem with this movie was the pacing. Pacing problems can come from 1 of 2 things. The first thing that pacing problems can come from is the direction of the film. The director can try and force things on you such as relationships, morals of story, etc... The second thing pacing problems can come from is a bad script. A script that has certain story elements spread out from each other and the in between scenes are just filler scenes. The pacing problems did not come from the script. It was really well done. Cameron Crowe wrote it so the big elements that the story needed to hit, hit them in a way that pushed the movie along. The pacing problems, did however come from the direction. Crowe wrote and directed this film, and you can tell that he put a lot more emphasis on the script. The film was a good story. It had me invested during the whole time. However the way that some of it came across was in fact sometimes dull and boring. At least Crowe put a lot of emphasis on one thing, rather than putting little emphasis on two things.
The cast is a really good ensemble cast. There are 3 key relationships. One between Cooper and Stone, one between Cooper and McAdams, and one between McAdams and Krasinski. Out of all of those the weakest one was probably between McAdams Krasinski probably due to the fact that they had the least amount of screen time together and had the least amount of impact to the story. I loved seeing Krasinski in something else other than the office but, I just wish he had more dialogue to say. He was a rather silent character. Cooper and McAdams worked really well together but, not as good as Cooper and Stone. Emma Stone is just so darn likable. I love her (not to mention she is quite attractive.) The chemistry between Cooper and Stone is exactly what this movie needed. I would give more details but that would call for spoilers of this spectacular story.
Overall Aloha is a movie that's right above average. With the pacing holding it back from it's full potential but the cast and the script trying to make this movie the best it can, it gave this movie a 7.5/10

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