A military contractor returns to Hawaii, the place where his career took off, and reconnects with an ex-girlfriend while falling for his Air Force watch dog. Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin
What the heck?!? This movie has no point. It’s a mismatch of stories. I’m sorely disappointed with Cameron Crowe. It’s like he didn’t know where to go with the story or even what story to tell. So many plot points got lost in the chaos. I don’t even know what this movie is about. Even his shooting style didn’t make sense. Sometimes, he used the steady cam, only to unexpectedly switch over to the hand-held. It’s as though Crowe decided, hey, I have all the pretty actors in Hollywood here; I don’t even need a story. This film is not worth a watch.
Note: I’d like to address the controversy of casting of Emma Stone as Allison Ng, a character who is one-quarter Chinese and one-quarter Hawaiian. All I have to say is that a fourth of anything doesn’t necessarily show on the outside. Her ethnic background isn’t supposed to be obvious in her appearance, and that’s part of her struggle. Stone has enough of an exotic look that she can play a diverse character. So, get over it. I’m all for actors of ethnicity playing parts that were made for them. This argument doesn’t have the strength to hold it.