Everything you’ve heard about Aloha so far probably hasn’t been the best. Not only has it been accused of whitewashing native Hawaiians from the film, but it also became embroiled in the Sony hacking scandal after former studio head Amy Pascal insisted that the film "never worked." But rather than jumping on the bandwagon and simply going along with these thoughts, you now have the perfect opportunity to form your own opinion of the romantic comedy, because the first eight minutes of Aloha have been released online. In fact, you can watch them below.



Do you want to see more? I’m a little bit torn. I can’t help but be lulled in by the preposterously good cast, each of whom pop up briefly in this opening salvo, but you can already begin to see where Aloha falls off the rails.

Instead of being a negative Nelly, let’s look at the positives. As I said earlier, Aloha really does have a remarkable ensemble that you can’t help but fall in love with. Led by Bradley Cooper, who still manages to be magnetic even though Brian Gilcrest immediately comes across as insipid, there’s also the perpetually engrossing Emma Stone, the downright loveable Rachel McAdams, while the clip works to remind us of the glorious traits of Bill Murray, John Krasinski and Danny McBride. And don’t forget, Alec Baldwin pops up at some point, and he's always worthwhile.

What could go wrong? Well, unfortunately, despite this posse, you can immediately sense in this opening salvo that Aloha is just lifeless. It’s not even as though Cameron Crowe is just going through the motions. He deploys a nice visual touch to introduce us to Emma Stone’s Captain Allison Ng, while the handheld approach for when Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams’ characters are being reacquainted is thoroughly captivating, too.

But when this is coupled with Cooper’s meandering and hollow voiceover, a ton of expositional dialogue, and a brazen attempt to be overly sentimental and patriotic, it immediately feels tiresome. Plus, you can already pretty much guess how the rest of the film will progress. Aloha’s opening isn’t all bad, though. There’s a nifty soundtrack that includes an endearing Hawaiian number, and a rollicking Who song. The footage is sumptuously lit, and the Hawaii setting is immediately appealing. Don't you kind of what to find out what happens tot he rest of this movie?

Cameron Crowe used to provide us with such interesting, hopeful, but realistic characters who were a blending of the golden age of cinema’s optimism with the cynicism of the modern era. But with Elizabethtown, We Bought A Zoo, and now Aloha, not only doesn’t Cameron Crowe seem capable of doing that anymore, he also seems like he has lost interest. You can make up your own mind now that Aloha is in cinemas across the country.
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