Though widely praised for his first few films including greats like “Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Say Anything,” filmmaker Cameron Crowe has not had a good run since the turn of the millennium.
“Vanilla Sky” was not well-regarded, “Elizabethtown” even less so and the more recent “We Bought a Zoo” seem to come and go without a whisper. Now he’s back with the rom-com “Aloha” which includes the beloved Emma Stone and well-liked Bradley Cooper teaming for something fairly formulaic that should be an easy sell. Chuck in great supporting talent like Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski and it should be – even at worst – non-offensive.
Unfortunately it’s not going down that way. Critical reviews haven’t just been bad, they’ve been scathing with the film scoring a 19% and 4.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 40/100 on Metacritic. Trying to combat the bad buzz, Sony has unveiled the first eight minutes of the movie ahead of today’s release to drum up interest. Does it look as bad as those reviews have suggested?