Over the years I’ve seen just over half of Cameron Crowe’s films, and of those, I’ve really liked three of them. One though I thought was pretty damn average, that being his 2011 film, We Bought A Zoo. Not having seen the others means I can’t speculate on their quality, but with a hit rate of 3 good films out of 4, isn’t bad in my book. But with his most recent film, Aloha, getting a decent amount of hate for its quality, and it being the first film since We Bought A Zoo which I thought was average, didn’t bode well.
While the film had its moments, and some damn good ones, it was also filled with a really confusing and maybe even convoluted story. Mix into that some odd camera work and directing, and actors that even seemed to struggle in certain moments, and I was left with a feeling of not really knowing what I thought about the film. Sure I knew it was a bit of a mess, but I also liked parts, so it was just hard to lock down exactly what I thought.
Talking about the film afterwards helped though, as that quickly brings to the front the issues you had with it, which can quickly mount. But, there were still good moments that got me through, but all up I’m happy to say that this is a messy film that felt like Crowe went all introspective, and just expecting the audience to get what he was meaning. Instead he just left me confused, and pretty disappointed to see his hit rate now drop to 3 out of 5 films that are good in my eyes.
6.5 out of 10 from me!!!