Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse vs. Aquaman

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on 12/22/2018

When it comes down to it, these are probably my two favorite comic book movies of the year. It's movies like these that make me immediately hungry for a sequel. They both felt like something I've never seen before, and I wanted to turn around and go see them again as soon as they were over. Hopefully, Sony continues to make more Spider-Verse movies in this style of animation. I also hope that WB will hold onto James Wan instead of tossing him aside like other directors.

on 12/23/2018

Two HUGE let downs. Aquaman is a pure CGI mess yet Spider-Verse features fake Spider-Man. Both are geared for the ADD generation. Just terrible.

on 12/23/2018

Aquaman is pure garbage crap, Spider-Verse is far far amazing.

on 12/27/2018

Both movies are great, but Aquaman just barely pulls ahead. Not so much because it's better, but because Spider-verse has a few cringe scenes which drag it down a bit.

on 12/29/2018

Garbage movies both.

on 12/30/2018

Garbage movies both. Aquaman was a waste of a $225 million production budget.

on 12/30/2018

Yes, garbage movies both. Two and a half hours literally submerged in a giant fish tank where, except for common sense, everything floats.

on 12/30/2018

Both of these are terrible. I do not have a single reason to recommend Aquaman or its Atlantic or oceanic din, despite its good intentions to denounce the seas' ecological disorder [caused by] human beings.

on 12/30/2018

What s worse? Aquaman is super fun when it embraces its silliness-there's an octopus that plays the drums!

on 12/30/2018

There's an army of cranky crab-men!-but by the end, it just feels bloated and squishy.

on 12/30/2018

Aquaman... Finally, a Movie Where an Octopus Plays the Drums! Yes, even that was better than Spider-Verse.

on 12/30/2018

GROAN. Jason Momoa punches CGI monsters and supervillains who wear stupid costumes; he also flips back his dripping hair and, angling his shirtless torso for maximum gleam, all but winks at the camera as an electric guitar wails. All that cheese and it still beats kid's cartoons.

on 12/30/2018

Eagerly and clumsily, Aquaman dispels the joyless grimdark that’s infested other movies based on bad DC Comics & delivers some genuinely stupid stuff.

on 12/30/2018

Director James Wan delivers some genuinely bad stuff but still better than Fake Spider-Boy.

on 12/30/2018

Hic...Director James Wan delivers some genuinely bad stuff but still better than Fake Spider-Boy.

on 12/30/2018

Aqualad is hampered by too much plot, dreary politicking that aims for Game of Thrones but lands at Speed Racer.

on 12/30/2018

Both movies are Phantom Menace bad...all plasticky sheen that cheapens everything from the bad guys’ Power Ranger suits to the digitally de-aged faces of Temuera Morrison, Willem Dafoe, and Nicole Kidman.

on 12/30/2018

Aquaman AND Fake Spider-Boy is super dumb when it embraces its silliness.

on 12/30/2018

A nautical tale such as the superhero saga Aquaman naturally lends itself to all manner of water-based putdowns when it comes to describing its rampaging mediocrity. “Waterlogged.” “Washed up.” “All wet.” - BARF.

on 12/30/2018

A very very bad nautical tale such as the superhero saga Aquaman naturally lends itself to all manner of water-based putdowns when it comes to describing its rampaging mediocrity. “Waterlogged.” “Washed up.” “All wet.” I’m sure there’s even a “seaman” quip if one cares to wander in that direction.

on 12/30/2018

Oh yes, such groan-worthy puns are hardly necessary when seeking to describe this latest disappointment in the DC catalog.

on 12/30/2018

Even though it only came out last year, the wonderful Wonder Woman is already starting to fade like a desert mirage, shimmering out of focus with the subsequent releases of Justice League and now Aquaman.

on 12/30/2018

Fake Spider-Boy is bad but DC is often criticized for its why-so-serious approach to its cinematic world-building, that charge is unlikely to be leveled against this latest installment in the DCEU. That’s because Aquaman is most similar to Speed Racer.

on 12/30/2018

Nothing is good about Miles Morales. To be sure, Momoa is the best thing about this picture, adopting an infectious party-animal vibe that complements his what-me-worry demeanor.

on 12/30/2018

People just being crazy when every great film comes on every history on years and thinking to claim about all of that trouble going to selfish that kind of films of why they don't wanna trust on any good upcoming movies on every year.

on 12/30/2018

As the equivalent of a Jason Momoa pinup calendar, Aquaman rates four stars. As a superhero film, it merits decidedly less.

on 12/30/2018

After the flashback sequences setting up the relationship between the human Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison) and the Atlantis princess Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) — a courtship that produces a child named Arthur Curry — the movie hurtles full speed ahead to the present, where the adult Arthur, aka Aquaman, is busy thwarting a mercenary (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II)

on 12/30/2018

the movie hurtles full speed ahead to the present, where the adult Arthur, aka Aquaman, is busy thwarting a mercenary (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who eventually morphs into the villain Black Manta. Meanwhile, Arthur’s half-brother, the Atlantis denizen Orm (Patrick Wilson), is maneuvering to orchestrate a war between the surface and sea worlds, enlisting the aid of Atlantean king Nereus (Dolph Lundgren) to help him squash the puny humans. Defying the pair are Nereus’ daughter Mera (Amber Heard) and Arthur’s former mentor Vulko (Willem Dafoe, who should have stayed in Florida), both of whom realize that the reluctant Arthur is the only one who can prevent this upcoming slaughter.

on 12/30/2018

“You expect me to call you king?” asks a vanquished foe of Orm. “You can call me … Ocean Master!” And so it goes with the deadening dialogue,

on 12/30/2018

“You expect me to call you king?” asks a vanquished foe of Orm. “You can call me … Ocean Master!” And so it goes with the deadening dialogue, the sort that hits the ears with all the unwelcome force of an anvil shot from a cannon. Yet this aural assault goes hand in hand with the optic attack, since the CGI is often shaky and sometimes downright risible. Aquaman is also the sort of overstuffed extravaganza that’s so intent on hitting all the requisite superhero beats that it never develops a heartbeat of its own. Aside from Momoa’s gregariousness and Morrison’s tenderness, there’s little personality to be found in this picture, with Wilson and Heard particularly vanquished by the one-dimensional aspects of their roles.

on 12/30/2018

A shot of an octopus playing the drums would of course be right at home in The Little Mermaid (and it does relate to the actual comic book), but here it represents the tug-of-war undertaken by director James Wan and the five writers as they all seek to find the proper balance between goofy and dumb.

on 12/30/2018

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on 12/30/2018

Alas, they never locate it, as the humorous interludes run hot and cold (though I loved Thomas stating that his superpower is drinking beer) while the more dramatic interludes get crushed by the weight of their stodginess. The picture eventually and inevitably ends with the sort of endless battle that should exhaust all but the most fanboyish of spectators. They’ll find this extended set-piece to be the perfect lubricant for their aroused imaginations, while others will merely dry up at the thought of sitting through one more minute of this soggy enterprise.

on 12/30/2018

The fix is easy: Mo Momoa, Fewer Problems.

on 12/30/2018

Not since the screaming spider of Arachnophobia has there been something so ridiculous as a shark that roars.

on 12/30/2018

Then again, this is a film that also gives a bedazzled octopus a drum solo, so where does one draw the line?

on 12/30/2018

Welcome to Aquaman, a movie that chooses all the wrong places to play it safe, and all the weirdest ones to, well, be weird.

on 12/30/2018

It's a shame, too, because DC had a good opportunity here to turn things around for its ill-fated Universe.

on 12/30/2018

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on 12/30/2018

Both as bas as the woeful Justice League that preceded them.

on 12/30/2018

Both as BAD woeful Justice League that preceded it. *spelling*

on 12/30/2018

BTW- Purdue over Auburn.....Way Wrong Woof

on 12/30/2018

Aquaman pure garbage crap, Marvel > DC anyday.

on 12/30/2018

Anyway, Add the relegation of DC veteran director Zack Snyder to a producer credit and Aquaman was neatly positioned to carve out another potentially lucrative sub-franchise in the vein of Wonder Woman. Instead, it delivers another special effects-laden delirium whose plot is both convoluted and dull.

on 12/30/2018

Almost as bad as fake Spider-Boy.

on 12/30/2018

Aqualad is an origin story of sorts, albeit one set after Aquabub's formal introduction in Justice, with the film's opening scenes providing an engaging balance of history and action. We learn Aquadouche (born Arty) is the result of a star-crossed romance between lighthouse keeper Tom and self-exiled Atlantean royal Nicole Kidman! whose semi-literal fish out of water routine offers the film both some amusing and tender moments (as well as a kick-arse fight scene from out of nowhere).

on 12/30/2018

Arty's Aqua powers are seldom explored, however, and the occasional training or education flashbacks offer none of the excitement or moral dilemmas that are custom-built for superhero origin stories

on 12/30/2018

The Aquacrap.

on 12/30/2018

Aquadouche's powers are extreme, and extensive, yet they're rarely explained. How is it, for example, that in addition to his aquatic properties he's essentially bullet-proof?

on 12/30/2018

a movie can't rely so heavily on its source material that it obviates at least some screenplay hand-holding.

on 12/30/2018

The problem is, Aquaman chooses to do its exhaustive exposition not for the fun stuff like talking to fish, but for dry factional politics between its secondary characters.

on 12/30/2018

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on 12/30/2018

(a near-identical mistake to that made by George Lucas in the prequels and those awful Matrix sequels).

on 12/30/2018

It also falls into the ridiculous trap of establishing a world full of aliens and monsters, then denying their very existence for the sake of artificial conflict.

on 12/30/2018

To wit, it makes absolutely no sense to have conservative TV pundits in the vein of CNN Fake News panelists saying things like "Atlantis!? Please! It's a myth!"

on 12/30/2018

they all live in a world that openly acknowledges the existence of Superman, and Wonder Woman, and The Flash, and Cyborg, and Steppenwolf and a whole bunch of invading aliens (some of whom previously levelled several cities and tried to terraform the Earth). Given those realities, a lost city seems entirely plausible by comparison.

on 12/30/2018

On the plus side, Momoa owns every scene he's in, assisted by a solid turn from Amber Heard sexy as ever!!!!!!!!

on 12/30/2018

Amber Heard in a role that's entirely warrior princess and zero damsel in distress. Maybe too much sjw, however.

on 12/30/2018

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on 12/30/2018

Too often, though, director James Wan takes the focus away from Momoa and Heard, favouring instead either long-winded pontificating from the awful villain

on 12/30/2018

Both deliver CGI-heavy action that never even comes close to looking real. It's an entertaining ride and a refreshing break from the Snyder-driven darkness/slow-mo aesthetic that has long felt stale.

on 12/30/2018

But the only character you ever really care for is Arthur's father, and his story receives the least amount of time of all.

on 12/30/2018

Aquaman is one small step forward for DC, but one giant leap missed for the Universe. Fake Spider-Boy is just one giant PC mess.

on 12/30/2018

Ever all above Aquaman terrible story and cgi effects

on 12/30/2018

Good cast bad movie. Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman, Graham McTavish.

on 12/30/2018

DC Comic's Extended Universe is six films WEAK. No other big-budget franchise could have survived for six films delivering this level of quality - across the sextet, there is only one genuinely OK entry (Wonder Woman) and five that range from terrible to completely awful.

on 12/30/2018

if there was one film to sum up the hit-and-mostly-miss nature of the DCEU, it's Aquaman.

on 12/30/2018

Aquaman perfectly embodies what is wrong and right with the DCEU franchise.

on 12/30/2018

Aquaman almost perfectly embodies what is wrong with the terrible dceu franchise. Aquadouche’s script is a toneless mess filled with lengthy stretches of horrible dialogue. The movie itself has enough fun-ish action to make you wonder if the next film is the one where the DC brain-farts will finally get their collective crap together.

on 12/30/2018

It does manage to make its fish-summoning hero better than fake Spider-Boy, however.

on 12/30/2018

Bad plot you say? Arty must visit a marine world he has never known, confront a half-brother hellbent on ruling the oceans and conquering the land, and claim a throne he's not that interested in claiming.

on 12/30/2018

For MOST of its runtime, Aquaman is frustratingly unsubtle and downright dumb. Silly by choice. Much like fake Spider-Boy.

on 12/30/2018

BOTH are the epitome of dumb screenwriting, partly painted into a corner by having already introduced the character yet trying to tell his origin story without actually telling his origin story, but also struggling under the weight of its mythology and its quest to find the right tone.

on 12/30/2018

When it can turn off the exposition and turn up the explosions, Aquaman is better than fake Spider-Dude.

on 12/30/2018

Yet, by the time it gets to the final battle, much of the script's idiocy has been left for dead in a wave of good visuals.

on 12/30/2018

it's an often-painful journey to get to a bad point, largely thanks to bad scripts for both of these wasted efforts.

on 12/30/2018

There is also a real sense of "we don't know what these movies exactly are", with the vibe shifting from scene to scene in both of these duds.

on 12/30/2018

But, as seems to be the usual now, DC have fumbled. The script is dire despite the story being okay, which makes whole stretches of the film cringe-inducing, and it continues to struggle with finding a balance between its moments of light and shade.

on 12/30/2018

Again, both movies are as bad as the woeful Justice League that preceded them both. Hope Disney buys Sony and stops their foolishness.

on 12/30/2018

Sigh. That's frankly disgusting. I hope some people get banned from this site as soon as possible.

on 12/30/2018

Agree.

on 12/31/2018

WAAAY too many repeat comments

on 1/16/2019

I hope Ellemac was drunk when he posted 100+ comments. It's very annoying for someone who wants to see how closely FlickChart users considers a match-up to be. Anyway, Into The Spider-Verse was a breath of fresh air with its personality and animation, if it can be a tad convoluted. Aquaman was the breath of a corpse with its blandness and poor pacing. Spider-Man gave us something new to love (unlike the last few live-action instalments), Aquaman is "Just another superhero movie".

on Feb 10

I agree Aquaman had a lot of problems and don't exactly know what it wanted to be and as for Spiderverse when did it start becoming cool to hate great movies.

on Feb 10

i meant didn't

on Feb 10

Aquaman was passible fluff. Spider-Verse is overrated garbage.

on Feb 11

Can you explain why?