The film “Aloha” was released in 2015, and before its release evidently this film was riddled with controversy. Criticism initially stemmed from what is regarded as insensitive casting choices, and then in the wake of Sony studio’s hacked email communications, it was revealed that some studio executives believed the film was a mistake and the studio would lose money.
I saw “Aloha” on DVD the other night – it isn’t a great film, and in my opinion some of the plot lacks plausibility. The chemistry among the actors was believable, however, and that kept my interest.
What “Aloha” does have is a cavalcade of good music ranging from traditional Hawaiian songs to selections by David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates, Eddie Vedder & his seven-year-old daughter, Harper, and more. Given that the writer/director, Cameron Crowe is a former editor/writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, and Crowe’s other movies have similarly memorable musical moments, the abundance of music in “Aloha” is not all that surprising.
“Heart is a Drum” by Beck Hansen is a song in the film that captured me.