Aloha is a new film by Cameron Crowe starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams. It tells the story of Brian Gilcrest, a man who returns to Hawaii, after having left over a decade prior, and attempts to rebuild his career. Rachel McAdams plays Tracy, his ex-girlfriend, who has since married a man played by John Krasinski. Emma Stone plays the Air Force Captain who has been assigned to Gilcrest while he is in Hawaii negotiating a deal. The perfectly wonderful casting is rounded out with Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, and Danny McBride.
There has been a bit of controversy surrounding this film because of the title. The word “Aloha” is the word for both “Hello” and “Goodbye” in the Hawaiian language, but the meaning goes deeper. The issue stems from the American bastardization of not only the word, but the Hawaiian culture on a larger scale. Interestingly enough, the film touches on this very subject. It not only deals with the American militarization of the Hawaiian islands and the the effect that has had on that culture, but the greater meanings of the word “Aloha” and why we need more of that in our lives.
All in all, it is a lovely film with a cast of some of my all time faves. It is the type of brilliant filmmaking we have come to expect from writer and director Cameron Crowe who has brought us the instant classics of Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, and Elizabethtown.