Crowe's messy romance is tight with ideas it can't bring to term. It faced a smothering wave of criticism pre-release so the reception of the film was always going to be poor. Stop complaining about Stone and pay attention - she's meant to be a white-looking islander (with Hawaiian heritage) that over-explains herself due to not looking the part – hence, the casting choice. Has its moments, by no means Crowe's best.
It seems that Cameron Crowe was all too aware of the recurring criticism his films have received for being overstuffed. At 105 minutes, this is his shortest film since "Singles" and lacks the usual mosaic of subplots surrounding the leads. As a result, the "Jerry Maguire"-level emotional catharsis it strives for instead plays as unearned schmaltz. Still, I can't help but admire Crowe's unrelenting earnestness.
Cameron Crowe makes a dramedy about relationships that says... absolutely nothing he hasn't said before, better executed there while feeling forced here. Thankfully, the Hawaiian scenery impresses or else this really would have been a chore. What's even worse is the ensemble that can't set a proper tone throughout. I wonder where the Cameron Crowe of "Say Anything..." is and when he'll make another movie again.
No confiar siempre en el elenco es la moraleja después de ver esta película, confusa, todo es un desorden (dirección y libreto). Porque dos estrellas y no 0, tiene momentos de una comedia romántica para una tranquila tarde de Domingo, pero sobre todo la fotografía en una de las islas más lindas del mundo a mi gusto.
It was fun watching Emma Stone. Sorry, but that was it for me. Something was really lacking in this story, and I couldn't quite point my finger on it. For one, Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper seem good on comedy together, but their love chemistry was just quite dubious. Despite some interesting scenes, and a great cast, this film wasn't as good as the place they shot it on, obviously Hawaii.
Well-intended, messy, but not as catastrophic as people make it look. Still, I can't defend it like I did with Elizabethtown back then since this time even I got pretty enraged with some stuff. Like the crappy last scene (the one with the daughter), for example.