What's Aloha even about? Yeah, that's the problem here. I was wondering why it took them so long to give this movie a title and now I know why. How do you sum this movie up in one title? It's kind of all over the place. The simple answer as to what it's about is this guy has a messed up life where nothing has gone right and for one reason or another, he ends up in Hawaii on some sort of mission thing. Don't ask me what that is because they gave a somewhat complicated introduction to the story at the beginning that went right over my head. Even after finishing the movie I was trying to figure out what in the heck was happening and why it was happening. So we're going to bypass all that. He's in Hawaii and the first person he sees is his ex-girlfriend who he broke up with 13 years ago who has been not very happily married the whole time to a guy that doesn't even talk much? So they invite him to dinner, of course, because that's totally acceptable. In the meantime he is paired up with this U.S. Air Force commander girl to do whatever the heck is supposed to be done while he's there and she immediately starts hitting on him, but he is stone cold to her and then things continue to happen while poor ole me is in the theater wondering what in the heck is happening. Yeah sure. Let's call this movie Aloha because they are in Hawaii.
Despite some of the good moments that this movie had, overall I just found the whole movie very bland. The actors tried their best and did a good job with what they were given, That prevented this from being from being unwatchably bad, but the writing in this movie was just so bad. I really don't know where Cameron Crowe was going with this or what the purpose was. I felt like he had a few good ideas that had the potential of being a very good movie, but when he tried to put those to a script, he got lost and didn't know how to connect it all, so he just threw a bunch of things together and recruited a really good cast to try to make up for it. It didn't. The music was once again done by Jonsi, who put together an absolutely beautiful score together for We Bought a Zoo, but even he didn't have much to work with here. It's hard to write a beautiful score to a movie when there's no substance to the movie that warrants beautiful music. I was waiting for the awesome Jonsi moments to come and they almost came, but then they didn't. Like I said, I don't blame Jonsi for that. So in the end, this was probably one of the most disappointing movies of the year. Not worst. Disappointing because I was expecting so much out of it and I got so little. Now in hindsight I regret not seeing San Andreas opening night instead of this, which isn't good. My grade for Aloha is a 5/10.