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At the movies: Aloha

July 7, 2015
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When Brian Gilcrest returns to Hawaii for work, Air Force officer Allison Ng is assigned as his liaison.  There seem to be some sparks there but Gilcrest has some unresolved issues with an old love who happens to be in Hawaii as well.

The critics have panned Aloha in spite of its all-star cast, and, for once, I have to agree with them.  Part of the storyline was convoluted and hard to follow and another part was just plain silly.  I’m a fan of Emma Stone’s but she was woefully miscast in this film.  Her character is supposed to be a quarter Chinese and a quarter Hawaiian.  Seriously, why would she be cast in that role?  She and Bradley Cooper had no chemistry and I didn’t buy her as an Air Force Pilot.  Cooper actually had more chemistry with Rachel McAdams who played his ex-lover.

I was very disappointed with this movie.  If I’d been watching it at home, I probably would have turned it off before it was over.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    July 7, 2015 6:59 am

    Kathy, when my husband and I saw the previews and cast we wanted to see it, but when I read the reviews (first week after releases) we decided we’d wait for it on TV. Sounds like it was a huge bomb.

  2. July 7, 2015 8:20 am

    Wow, thanks for saving me time a money!

  3. July 7, 2015 8:44 am

    I didn’t even know about this one! I am so out of it!

  4. July 7, 2015 9:16 am

    When I check out Rotten Tomatoes, I normally care more about the viewers than the critics. The critics gave it a 19%, but more significantly, I think, the viewers gave it a 36%. Both are pretty bad numbers.

  5. Patty permalink
    July 7, 2015 9:57 am

    I thought it would be this way!

  6. July 7, 2015 10:17 am

    That’s disappointing – Bradley Cooper is too hot to be in a bad movie! 😉 It really irritates me when white actors are cast as people of color. I will be skipping this one.

  7. July 7, 2015 10:18 am

    And the previews made it look so good! I hate when I think a movie with be really good and then it’s a flop.

  8. July 7, 2015 10:36 am

    My daughter saw it a couple of weeks ago and said the same thing.

  9. July 7, 2015 10:38 am

    Yikes!! That bad?

  10. July 7, 2015 10:48 am

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review of this movie.

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    July 7, 2015 3:10 pm

    I’m trying to remember if I’ve even heard of this movie. I don’t think so. Sounds like one best skipped.

  12. July 7, 2015 7:01 pm

    It does sound bad. And so strange to cast Emma Stone as a character who’s a quarter Chinese and a quarter Hawaiian!

  13. July 7, 2015 7:02 pm

    thank you for the frank review! i’ve seen a billboard advertising it but I figured I would wait for the dvd. . .now I’ll skip it and save that two hours

  14. July 7, 2015 7:21 pm

    I’m actually glad to hear that you didn’t like this one. It sounds pretty bad. It bugs me about Stone’s character’s heritage!!

  15. July 8, 2015 2:49 am

    It sounds like Emma Stone was cast more due to star factor than relevance to the character, which is too bad.

  16. Beth F permalink
    July 8, 2015 6:59 am

    I can’t believe they couldn’t find someone besides Emma Stone for that role. Ugh. And that the movie itself couldn’t make up for that? Double ugh.

  17. July 9, 2015 4:59 pm

    I hadn’t seen anything about this, despite it’s all star cast. Too bad 😦

  18. The Cue Card permalink
    July 13, 2015 6:19 pm

    Thanks for the word on this movie. It looks very unbelievable. I have avoided it so far!

  19. bookingmama permalink
    July 15, 2015 3:14 pm

    Ouch! I have heard horrible things about this one.

  20. July 18, 2015 10:17 pm

    Bummer! I like the cast but was scared away by the terrible reviews. I’m glad I was!

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