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Friday, June 3, 2016

Aloha (2015)

A love triangle movie.  It got terrible reviews and on so many levels.  There was the criticism that it doesn't cover any new ground.  That is a fair point, although I can't say that I watch movies in this genre to see something new and different.  Another slam is that while it is set in Hawaii, there are very few native Hawaiians populating the cast and none in the stars. Also true. We are meant to believe that blond haired, blue-eyed Emma Stone is in fact 1/4 Hawaiian.  While it is certainly possible in the genetic rodeo for that to have happened, it is not a credible casting. It is just a distractor.
If you can set those things aside, it is about a combat veteran who has gone over to the dark side in terms of working for the highest bidder.  He is in Hawaii to negotiate a land acquisition for his employer, who is working in collaboration with the US Army.  He has a military handler and quite by coincidence, his former love is married to the pilot who flies him in.  The rest of the movie is centered on his realization that he can love again.  I would have enjoyed some focus on the effect trauma in battle affected him, but you can't have everything.

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