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Gushing Review

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Aloha_posterI don’t normally tend to watch movies more than once, but while Cyndie was out of town, I opened up Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” which came in the mail from our Netflix subscription, and let it run without her around. I realized immediately, it was something Cyndie should see, which gave me a chance to experience it twice in a week. I was looking forward to it.

I got to show it to her last night, and despite critical reviews that disparaged the movie as “meandering and insubstantial, …most sentimental and least compelling,” we both found “Aloha” to be gush-worthy. I liked the mix of humor with drama and romance. It never dragged for me, and the actors (wonderfully cast, despite the “white-washing” of using Emma Stone in the mixed-race role) played the characters well enough to keep me from ever thinking of them in any of their other noteworthy rolls of efforts past.

The aspect of the movie that I found most engaging was the significant use of non-verbal communication. I am most often inclined to feel a story read in a book tends to be a better experience than a movie, but in this case, reading about the facial expressions wouldn’t produce the results that seeing the situations play out on the actor’s faces does.

They moved me to tears with their performances, especially young Danielle Rose Russell, as Grace. The use of conveying messages by mere facial expressions occurred throughout the film, sometimes subtly, and other times overtly to the point of awkward. It was powerful stuff.

I can’t gush enough to express my level of joy for having been able to watch this wonderful result of the work from this cast and crew.

Bill Murray, as billionaire, Carson Welch, gets to deliver this wonderful morsel, which is used in the trailer above:

The future isn’t just something that happens
it’s a brutal force
with a great sense of humor
that’ll steamroll ya
if you’re not watching

“Aloha” is a treat that I sure hope others who feel tempted will find a way to devour.

But I’m gushing. Stop me.












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  1. I really enjoyed Aloha too! Also, I watched alone while Ben was traveling. Hmmm, must be some missing a Friswold thing 😉


    September 24, 2015 at 8:35 am

    • If Ben hasn’t seen it yet, you will have a chance to watch it again with him! It was great on second viewing. I recommend it!


      September 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

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