A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs - the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii - and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
May 29, 2015
The Worst Thing to Happen to Hawaii Since Pearl Harbor.
Dear Cameron Crowe,
I am writing you having recently rented your film Aloha.
When I learned of it’s phenomenal cast of characters, Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin and Danny McBride; with you at the writing AND directing helm I was near giddy with anticipation. I have been long standing fan of your work; the writing you did for Rolling Stone, the book and screenplay that became Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Say Anything (1989), Jerry Mcguire (1996) and my all-time favorite Almost Famous (2000).
Fast Times stands along with Dazed and Confused (1993) as one of the most accurate and brilliantly entertaining looks at American teenage life. Say Anything had such heartbreakingly great dialogue about teenage love delivered by John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler. Jerry Mcguire, re invented the modern romantic comedy. To this day I see how it has influenced other films. I can always tell in your work that you, much like myself and Russel Hammond in Almost Famous “Dig music”. Part of my major enjoyment of your movies are the soundtracks, either reminding me of the greatness of, or introducing me to great rock and roll.
So after watching Aloha, it is with all due respect that I ask…. What the f@#* is your problem?
Aloha is the worst thing to happen in Hawaii since Pearl Harbor. The attack during WWII, not the 2001 movie starring Ben Affleck. Which is horrible in its own right, but comes off as Citizen F-ing Kane in comparison to Aloha. Now I’m sure if given the opportunity to explain the film to me, you could condescendingly hold my hand though your perceived brilliance of it. How I just didn’t get the ground breaking vernacular and syntax. Or point out the nuances of social commentary it provided. Any way you spin it, this movie was terrible. Doesn’t matter how you feel about it, it doesn’t translate to me. A representation of your key fan base. Now I’m not addressing the racial controversy at all here. You could have cast Emma Stone as an African American and had her do the role in black face like Al Jolson. That still wouldn’t have been as offensive as what I watched. What I assume is you spent a month or so in Hawaii, got pulled in by its beauty and feeling as part of their culture, tried to write a love letter to our 50th state. Please don’t go down the road of so many artists before you that are so surrounded by Hollywood yes men that you don’t smell the foulness of your own excrement.
Take this film as a hard lesson and a call to action for better material.
Sincerely, yet miraculously not completely writing you off in anticipation of your next film,
In process …