FINALLY, a great DCEU movie. I loved Wonder Woman but Aquaman was even better than that movie. It just rocked from start to finish, like a big, wet, roller coaster ride.
It’s like Furious 7 director James Wan threw every ridiculous idea at it, but somehow it worked. Even the drum-playing octopus and the oversized, angry, war seahorses.
People clapped at the end of the movie. That’s how epic it felt. Most importantly, it was fun.
You can see some of the familiar tropes in it.
It’s a Shakespearean/Black Panther movie. It’s a treasure hunt movie. It’s a chase movie. It’s a love story movie. It’s a revenge movie. Its a monster movie. It’s a Lord of the Rings, Battle at Helm’s Deep (deep, geddit?) movie.
Simisai also in there. It’s like James Wan decided, heck, there may not be another Aquaman movie so let’s go to town with this.
And it went to town indeed. There are moments when you think, that is so stupid but that is also so cool. And then you laugh at the sheer audacity of it.
if I have one complaint, it was the scenes where Nicole Kidman was CGI-ed to look younger, as young Queen Atlanna. It was creepy to see touched up De-Aged Kidman. It was as obvious and poorly done as Superman’s mustache in Justice League.
The best part is, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t watch any of the previous DCU movies, or you are trying to forget them. There was like, ONE reference to Steppenwolf and then we got sucked into Aquaman’s story.
Like a Fast and Furious movie, don’t overthink it. Just go along for the ride.
It’s a little long, at 2 hours and 22 minutes, so make sure you pee before going in. Or all that ocean water CGI will make you wanna pee.