This is what I posted on my Facebook page (if anyone ever wishes to "hang out" with me on Facebook, let me know):
Aquaman is one of the best comic book movies ever. In fact, it became my favourite superhero movie of the modern era (sorry, avengers: Infinity War).
It's epic and ambitious; it develops the heroic and villainous characters well; it makes you care about the characters; and it is truly a film that CGI was made for, the underwater realms in particular being environments that are convincing.
I easily immersed myself in the film, and it had a fairytale quality, too. Most importantly, though, it all felt very credible. I accepted the reality of Atlantis, the powers of Aquaman and the nature of the characters' interactions because the movie made it 100% believable.
It's a magical escape for two hours, and is unique at a time when there are a lot of superhero films competing for our attention and £££s.
Well worth a watch - and that's an understatement...
Reviews starting to come in on Aquaman - could fairly describe them as "mixed" - lots of fairly negative ones, and most of the positive ones are along the lines of "fun but shallow", "rollercoaster but underdeveloped" (I'm paraphrasing)
One pretty savage review included these lines, that pretty much echoed my reaction to the trailer: "... The latest movie from the DC Universe is an embarrassing shamble that is highlighted by clunky dialogue, characters who constantly shout their dialogue and hackneyed CGI special effects that look as if interns created them...."
Courtesy of about 60 hours of flying with the same airline ovor the last month, I have watched a whole bunch of films, from the really very good (Into the spiderverse) through the pretty average (Slaughterhouse Rulez being merely the latest, plus many others that left so little impression that I can't even remember them) to a few that were so bad that I find it hard to believe they got past the stage of reading the ludicrous screenplay (Peppermint, for one). Maybe very slightly above that last category is Aquaman, which took all the things I hated in the trailer and stretched them out over a truly terrible film.
Hard to know where to start with this - the abysmal clunky script, the terrible acting (pretty much across the board, but specific calls out to the actors playing Aquaman, Mera, Aquabro's mother and brother, as they were so central to the film, and so very very bad), the predictable plot or the stupendously bad cgi - but let's at least go with the cgi.
I've been a big critic of the cgi on the dceu movies for a couple of reasons - 1) a total failure to integrate the cgi elements with the live action, so you end up with something that looks like someone drew cartoons over the live action and 2) a broken physics engine, where characters/elements don't behave in ways that fit the in-story physics - characters change direction or speed in mid-air for no reason, for example. In this film, both of these are there in abundance - the most gratuitous are the red and blue armour Atlantis soldier characters that look like they've been patched in from a 1990s video game, but also pretty much any moving elements in front of the (very well done and spectacular) underwater background scenes. For the physics, any action underwater jumps around from characters floating in water, being waves around by water to suddenly moving as though they're in air with no resistance. In general, whenever you had characters interacting underwater, it looked so dreadfully unrealistic that it continually pulled me out of the film.
So, in summary, it didn't quite manage to be as dreadful as justice league, but it tried very hard to be
Post by The Captain on Aug 17, 2019 17:45:43 GMT -5
Aquaman was one of three movies I watched on my flight back from the UK this past Thursday (the other two being my third watching of Avengers: Endgame and my first viewing of Shazam). This was a trainwreck of such epic proportions that to call any future films "trainwrecks" will do an injustice to the abject trainwreckery of Aquaman.
My gripes, in no particular order: 1. This Aquaman isn't noble or heroic, he's a smart-ass douchebag. If I lived in Atlantis, I would take my chances with Orm starting a war with the surface world and seeing how that panned out than bend the knee to this pathetic take on Arthur Curry. 2. Amber Heard may be pretty to look at, but I saw 8-year old girls in my daughter's recent production of "Annie Jr." with more acting range and ability. 3. Black Manta is definitely Aquaman's most visually-appealing villain, but what they gave us here looked like a reject from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The oversized, cartoony head on top of his body was beyond laughable. 4. The CGI was atrocious, as the characters looked to be floating rather than swimming, and as others posted, they didn't look at all integrated into the world.
I didn't pay anything to see it, and I still want my money back.
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