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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.
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.
Aquaman is pure garbage crap, Spider-Verse is far far amazing.
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.
Garbage movies both.
Garbage movies both. Aquaman was a waste of a $225 million production budget.
Yes, garbage movies both. Two and a half hours literally submerged in a giant fish tank where, except for common sense, everything floats.
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.
What s worse? Aquaman is super fun when it embraces its silliness-there's an octopus that plays the drums!
There's an army of cranky crab-men!-but by the end, it just feels bloated and squishy.
Aquaman... Finally, a Movie Where an Octopus Plays the Drums! Yes, even that was better than Spider-Verse.
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.
Eagerly and clumsily, Aquaman dispels the joyless grimdark that’s infested other movies based on bad DC Comics & delivers some genuinely stupid stuff.
Director James Wan delivers some genuinely bad stuff but still better than Fake Spider-Boy.
Hic...Director James Wan delivers some genuinely bad stuff but still better than Fake Spider-Boy.
Aqualad is hampered by too much plot, dreary politicking that aims for Game of Thrones but lands at Speed Racer.
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.
Aquaman AND Fake Spider-Boy is super dumb when it embraces its silliness.
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.
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.
Oh yes, such groan-worthy puns are hardly necessary when seeking to describe this latest disappointment in the DC catalog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the equivalent of a Jason Momoa pinup calendar, Aquaman rates four stars. As a superhero film, it merits decidedly less.
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)
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.
“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,
“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.
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.
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.
The fix is easy: Mo Momoa, Fewer Problems.
Not since the screaming spider of Arachnophobia has there been something so ridiculous as a shark that roars.
Then again, this is a film that also gives a bedazzled octopus a drum solo, so where does one draw the line?
Welcome to Aquaman, a movie that chooses all the wrong places to play it safe, and all the weirdest ones to, well, be weird.
It's a shame, too, because DC had a good opportunity here to turn things around for its ill-fated Universe.
Both as bas as the woeful Justice League that preceded them.
Both as BAD woeful Justice League that preceded it. *spelling*
BTW- Purdue over Auburn.....Way Wrong Woof
Aquaman pure garbage crap, Marvel > DC anyday.
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.
Almost as bad as fake Spider-Boy.
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).
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
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?
a movie can't rely so heavily on its source material that it obviates at least some screenplay hand-holding.
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.
(a near-identical mistake to that made by George Lucas in the prequels and those awful Matrix sequels).
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.
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!"
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 the plus side, Momoa owns every scene he's in, assisted by a solid turn from Amber Heard sexy as ever!!!!!!!!
Amber Heard in a role that's entirely warrior princess and zero damsel in distress. Maybe too much sjw, however.
Too often, though, director James Wan takes the focus away from Momoa and Heard, favouring instead either long-winded pontificating from the awful villain
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.
But the only character you ever really care for is Arthur's father, and his story receives the least amount of time of all.
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.
Ever all above Aquaman terrible story and cgi effects
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.
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.
if there was one film to sum up the hit-and-mostly-miss nature of the DCEU, it's Aquaman.
Aquaman perfectly embodies what is wrong and right with the DCEU franchise.
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.
It does manage to make its fish-summoning hero better than fake Spider-Boy, however.
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.
For MOST of its runtime, Aquaman is frustratingly unsubtle and downright dumb. Silly by choice. Much like fake Spider-Boy.
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.
When it can turn off the exposition and turn up the explosions, Aquaman is better than fake Spider-Dude.
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.
it's an often-painful journey to get to a bad point, largely thanks to bad scripts for both of these wasted efforts.
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.
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.
Again, both movies are as bad as the woeful Justice League that preceded them both. Hope Disney buys Sony and stops their foolishness.
Sigh. That's frankly disgusting. I hope some people get banned from this site as soon as possible.
WAAAY too many repeat comments
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.
i meant didn't
Aquaman was passible fluff. Spider-Verse is overrated garbage.
on Feb 11
Can you explain why?