The film follows the story of Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper), a military contractor who's life has fallen to pieces. He's been hospitalised and he's depressed, so taking a job in Hawaii seemed like a good idea. At least it was until he got there, where Brian meets up with his ex-girlfriend and previous love of his life, Tracy Woodside (Rachel McAdams), as well as being assigned to work with optimistic fighter pilot, Ng (Emma Stone). As it is with most Cameron Crowe movies, the characters debate about the state of their lives, some romance ensures and there's some heavy handed monologues in which characters say prophetic words. It's clichéd, but it's fun.
Thankfully, we don't have Crowe to blame for this film's messiness. Just like with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we're forced to blame Sony. I don't want to hate on the film company, but I must point out how frustrating it is to see them constantly cutting up and ruining movies. For all we know, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could've been a great film. I saw the potential. I've seen the same potential in this movie. To be honest though, I liked Aloha. It's a complete mess, but it's an entertaining one, and for that I'm thankful.
The central plot of the film revolves around Bradley Cooper's character, particularly his relationship with Emma Stone's character, who of course serves as a romantic interest because why not? They're great and all, but their scenes are never quite as interesting or entertaining as the ones he shares with Rachel McAdams' character, who's husband, played by John Krasinski, steals the show. This is most evident in the final scene he shares with Cooper. It's a scene so unexpected and brilliant, and it's easily the best scene in the film.
To sum up, Aloha dwells in completely familiar territory, but thanks to Cameron Crowe's (mostly) excellent direction and brilliant performances from all the leads, Aloha manages to work really well, even if it's a complete mess in terms of plot.