Coming to Honolulu, Hawaii private contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born, Silver Linings Playbook) is like returning to the scene of the crime. His memories here are not all good ones. He was a success professionally, but his personal life was a mess. He really has no option but to take the job as the last time he worked for the U.S. military he screwed up royally. Kabul almost destroyed his career. This is a second chance.
That mess involved his girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams – The Notebook, The Vow). Upon arrival Brian has uber serious Air Force officer Allison Ng (Emma Stone – La La Land, Easy A) assigned to him. Though the two seem as opposite as two people could be a relationship begins.
Being around Tracy is awkward. There is still plenty unresolved between the two. She is now married to Air Force pilot John Woodside (John Krasinski – The Quiet Place, It’s Complicated). They have two kids, Gracie (Danielle Rose Russell – from television’s The Originals) and Mitch (Jaeden Lieberher – The Book of Henry, St. Vincent).
This attempts to be a comedy with some rather serious moments thrown in for good measure. Watching it I got to thinking that it seems to me that director/screenwriter Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything) has been chasing the dragon since his film Almost Famous. For the fifteen years between this film and Almost Famous he has been trying to recreate that success…without success.
The story here is a rather simple one. In regards to film style it really has no idea what it is trying to be. Plenty of subplots which just end up muddling things up. Trying to be everything to everyone – romcom, drama – it ends up being nothing to anyone who watches it. Every plot device you could think of is found here. A total mess. Cameron Crowe is trying too hard.
Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski are the only two reasons to watch this film. They do what they can to make the film watchable.
-The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha Feature Length Documentary – Narrated by Cameron Crowe
-Cast Gag Reel
-The Awe of Space
-Ledward Kaapana: Music is Everything
-Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Cameron Crowe