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[text_block_nav title=”The Plot”]”Aloha” shows that Cameron Crowe is obsessed with men hitting their bottom. I don’t know what happened around the start of “Elizabethtown”, but Crowe’s work is starting to obsess with this detail. The film runs short for trying to tackle so many plots, but it manages to pin down the central tales. It’s just that the B plots are so bizarre that they threaten to derail the film. But, let’s look at the complete piece.

[/text_block_nav][text_block_nav title=”What Troy Thought”]Bradley Cooper is too good looking to be this kind of hero. I can buy him as a rogue, but it tugs at the brain to accept him as a guy that can keep everyone so in love with him. He’s terrible at his military post, his ex love/hates him and he has a weird relationship with his bastard child. Crowe’s obsession with the rock star persona has hit the Dad Jeans era and produced something odd. Before the audience can dwell too long on that, the cute mildly autistic Emma Stone shows up to steal focus.

Cameron Crowe wants to make this most out of latest Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but it seems like forced edits took the wind out of his sails. It’s cute to watch Emma Stone play off Cooper and Murray. But, nothing ever happens. The same goes for Alec Baldwin and Danny McBride in this film. They are far too big personalities to be reserved for do-nothing roles.[/text_block_nav][text_block_nav title=”Conclusion”]The usual Crowe film elements are there and age is starting to make them trite. I don’t need music cues telling me how to feel. But, I appreciate the subtitle tweaks during Cooper and Krasinski’s private man conversation. However, those story elements are few and far between. Luckily, the movie was shot by the same pro that tackled “Into the Wild” and “The Motorcycle Diaries”. “Aloha” might looks like a million bucks, but it’s a very middle of the road film.[/text_block_nav]

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