Okay, so I called it wrong on this one. I have no idea what delirious state I was in to give this 4/4! I think I had just been overpaid or imaginary-laid, or anything to make me crazy-happy enough for this review. Re-watching this, I am left with a very bad taste on so many levels. There are a ton of loose ends and very sketchy plot lines going on, especially with the magical land of Hawaii and Emma Stone being of Hawaiian descent! I mean what is that? No, no no no, I apologize to anyone who wasted money on this. Even if you love Bradley Cooper, this is a "rent with your free coupon from Redbox," at best. I am not certain I'd even waste that on this one. Yikes. And yikes to me on this review.
I loved this film. It is complex, vibrant, and captures the magic of Hawaii. The story line is familiar, covert military, espionage, and romance. The way it's told isn't. The cinematography has an old world feel mixed with imagery of hipster styled blogs. The music is eclectic, including various eras and genres. The acting is brilliantly on target. Each actor possessed their role with the same fervor and magic the film produces.
Cooper, after surviving an explosion in the middle east is sent to restore his name by working as a liaison between the military and private sector to launch the first privately owned satellite in space. there is more going on with this launch than what it seems. This raises the debate on whether or not the sky is free for all and for whatever purpose they wish, or if it is sacred and should be off limits. While struggling with the issues, Cooper is reunited with old love, McAdams, while being bewitched by new love, Stone.
Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone have fantastic chemistry and I was pleased to see a change of role from the women always needing to be rescued to strong, heroic roles. Rachel McAdams and Stone both play catalysts in their partners' needs to evolve in a way that is both refreshing and not abrasive.