Cameron Crowe’s new film Aloha opens in theaters today, and to celebrate, Sony Pictures has offered up the first eight minutes of the Hawaii-set romantic-comedy on YouTube. The opening sequence (via Variety) sets up the film’s love triangle between defense contractor Brian Gilcrest (actor Bradley Cooper), his Air Force liaison (Emma Stone) and his former lover (Rachel McAdams). The all-star cast also features Bill Murray, Danny McBride and John Krasinski and boasts a heavy subplot about the military-industrial complex.
Just minutes into the preview, Aloha also carries on Crowe’s long trademark of setting the mood with the right music, bouncing from Alfred Alohikea’s “Hanohano Hanalei” to the Who’s “I Can See for Miles.” Jónsi & Alex, a tandem of Sigur Ros singer Jón Þór Birgisson and his partner Alex Somers scored the film, while the soundtrack also features songs by Beck, David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates (whose “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” Murray dances to in the film).
In Peter Travers’ review of Aloha, Rolling Stone‘s movie critic praises both McAdams and Murray’s performances. However, “Aloha is still a mess, a handful of stories struggling for a unifying tone,” Travers writes. Aloha has had a bad reputation ever since Sony internal emails criticizing the film leaked, but Travers points out the film is “nowhere near as toxic as its advance buzz.” Travers also writes that the film was inspired by director Billy Wilder’s 1948 film A Foreign Affair.