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By Megan Bianco
Creative blocks have struck Hollywood’s respected filmmakers in a rather abrupt way this year, much to the dismay of film fans. Not exempt is Cameron Crowe’s current release Aloha. Everything from the blasé title to the confusing plot and horrible editing unfortunately leads the rom-com to its place as one of the worst movies of 2015.
We follow military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) who is sent to Hawaii to ‘bless’ a pedestrian gate while making camp on the island’s Air Force base—a cover so his billionaire superior Carson Welch (Bill Murray) can launch a weaponized satellite from the island. There he reunites with married ex-girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams) and her new family, and meets new partner Air Force Cpt. Allison Ng (Emma Stone) who knows a lot about the military and Hawaiian history.
Aloha was one of the movies embarrassingly affected by the Sony e-mail leaks last winter. Knowing this while viewing the film, the rushed and forced mixing and editing in the final cut becomes very apparent and clunky. There’s clearly full subplots missing and some obvious over-dubbing shoved in. Another strange and awkwardly distracting feature is how all the actual native Hawaiians appear white, including Stone’s Ng. While it’s possible for someone of mixed ethnicity to appear passingly Caucasian, Stone having to remind the audience that obviously she’s a little bit Hawaiian and Chinese is just cringe-inducing, despite her decent performance. As someone who’s been an admiring fan of Crowe for almost a decade and has generally enjoyed all of his films, it’s always sad to see a favorite stoop so low and so drastically.