Problem number three: E and Pili are not happy to be there. There's not even any wi-fi and almost no cell signal. They miss Brooklyn and do not feel connected to Hawai'i or each other. Ioane insists on being called E because his Hawai'ian name is too difficult and confusing for the people he knows. And then Pili finds an old notebook with clues to a treasure left behind by pirates who betrayed the rest of the crew to steal all of the gold and jewels for themselves. The people who made this movie are clearly big fans of Indiana Jones and "The Goonies ," and parents in the audience will appreciate some references. Indeed, one member of this film's cast appeared in both movies: Ke Huy Quan , Short Round in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom " and Data in "The Goonies," plays Leilani's sympathetic old friend.
"Captain America: The First Avenger." Hayley Atwell surprisingly touching Chris Evans' chest, as he emerged from the pod upon turning into Captain America, was very much improvised, and the surprise on her face is genuine, as she admitted in interviews she was very taken by Chris' physique and nearly broke character and ruined the take that made it into the film, as a result.
Pili and E will soon go on an adventure in search of treasure, and they will certainly find something even more valuable. If you don't already know where this is going, here's a hint: "''Ohana" means family. But this movie is not just about finding a way to connect Pili with her brother, mother, and grandfather. This film is also about connection to our larger families, with respectful and ultimately moving themes concerning cultural identity and traditions. Most of all it is enormous fun, with an entertaining mix of adventure, comedy, heartwarming family moments, and even a little (teen) romance, all to an excellent score by Joseph Trapanese . There are also some energetic and cleverly chosen pop songs on the soundtrack, to keep things from getting too tense, including "Pump It" by the Black Eyed Peas (based on themes from Dick Dale's "Misirlou"). The scenery is gorgeous and the stunts are well staged. The young cast is excellent, including Lindsay Watson as a sweet-voiced islander strongly connected to native traditions, but happy to sing along with Meghan Trainor , and Owen Vaccaro ("The House With a Clock in Its Walls") as Casper, a happily weird kid along for the ride. His commentary on "Lost" as they roam around one of its shooting locations is a hoot.
Nigeria makes more movies every year than the US.
"American Hustle." According to Christian Bale much of the movie was improvised. So, during the shooting of the film he noted to David O. Russell, "You realize that this is going to change the plot greatly down track." To which the director replied, "Christian, I hate plots. I am all about characters, that's it."