Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Sep 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A disgraced former military contractor arrives at his old military base in Hawaii which opens up many emotions from his past
My Take on it – I have been a big fan of Cameron Crowe’s writing since the mid-80’s mostly because his movies back then had two important factors; characters we can care about and a story with heart.
This movie unfortunately has neither and it feels too bland with the interesting parts being quite few and far between.
The characters are not likeable at all and the leads played by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone (who I usually enjoy watching) have no chemistry together at all. What’s more is that in most scenes that they have together they are borderline annoying.
The best thing here is that Crowe hasn’t forgotten how to write good dialogue between his characters.
Suffice it to say, if you want to see some of Crowe’s delightful movies, seek out the ones from the 80’s and early 90’s.
Bottom Line – Not Crowe’s best film by far. Characters aren’t as likeable as we would like. Chemistry between Cooper and Stohe is non-existent and borders on annoying. Watch Crowe’s earlier films if you want to really feel for his characters and their situations.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Among the massive trove of leaked emails that were released in 2014 after Sony’s computer systems were hacked were some that revealed that Sony executives were extremely critical of this movie’s quality and pessimistic about its box office prospects long before it was filmed or released. In one of the emails, Amy Pascal (then the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment) wrote that many aspects of the movie’s characters and plot made “no sense. I’m never starting a movie again when the script is ridiculous, and we all know it. I don’t care how much I love the director or the actors. It never, not even once, ever works. As much as I want movies [to release], this is way worse. At least the marketing departments at both studios have something to sell [that] looks big and glossy. We have this movie in for a lot of dough and we better look at that. Scott [Rudin, a producer] didn’t once go to the set. Or help us in the editing room. Or fix the script.” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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