Aloha [2015] ★½

 11033716_10152773050916931_1718565589899646697_oGood directors tend to screw up. If you admire Cameron Crowe and his movies (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) like I do, you’ll be rooting for him to score another bull’s eye with his latest effort. But it’s clear from the very first moment that “Aloha” is a complete misfire: a tiresome, dull romantic comedy/drama about a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper), who returns to Honolulu and tries to reconnect with his former love,who is now a mom and married to a pilot. That these characters are played by Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone makes it even more disheartening. Worst of all, Bill Murray, who’s one of my favorite actors, tries to negotiate an unplayable role as a millionaire douchebag eager to militarize Hawaiian air space by launching a weapons satellite. Boring. I could tell you more about this movie, but it would be a waste of my time and yours. Needless to say, these characters are sketchily drawn, and they don’t ever shut up. Rachel McAdams has never looked better onscreen, which is the only thing I’m likely to remember about “Aloha”. There is nothing else positive to say about this sorry excuse of a romantic movie. It’s definitely Cameron Crowe’s worst movie to date.

Rating: 1.5/4

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