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Aquaman (2018)

Josh Has Seen a SNEAK PEEK of AQUAMAN!

December 17th, 2018
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Over the weekend I had a chance to see a SNEAK PEEK of the latest big new DC Universe movie: Aquaman!

While rumor has it that Warner Brothers won’t be continuing with this current iteration of the interconnected DC movie universe following the less-than-stellar reception of Justice League, they did move forward on Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, who played the character in Justice League.  I have not been impressed with the last few years worth of DC movies.  Other than Wonder Woman (which was terrific), these films since Man of Steel, which have attempted to copy Marvel Studio’s enormously successful model of an interconnected universe, have been mediocre at best and more-often-than-not atrocious (cough Suicide Squad cough).  But I’ve been impressed by the trailers for Aquaman — they looked fun and excitingly large in scale — and the early word was positive.  So what did I think?

I really really wanted to love this movie, I went in with an open heart and an open mind.  But OY!  Aquaman is another big swing and a miss for DC/Warner Brothers.

To continue with my baseball analogy, the film represents a big swing at the plate for DC/Warners.  The scale of this movie is ENORMOUS.  Aquaman is a character who has often been treated as a joke, but DC/Warners threw everything they had at this film.  I respect the film’s ambition.  This is a BIG BUDGET movie and they clearly spared no expense in bringing this project to life.

The best thing I can say is that the film looks gorgeous.  I love the design and look of the many, many underwater settings and species.  I loved the look of all the many different types of Atlantean armor, from the royal garb of King Orm to the mostly white armor of the Atlantean shock troops, to the red armor of the squad of commandos sent after Aquaman and Mera late in the film.  I loved all the underwater ships, from Mera’s sleek cruiser to King Orm’s enormous palace-ship.  I adored the look of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis itself, a futuristic city-scape that was a riot of color.  I loved all of the crazy sea-creatures, from the large sea-fish-like creatures we see soldiers riding into battle (and that Aquaman commandeers at one point, in a nice nod to his silly depiction on the Super Friends cartoon) to the humongous guardian of the Trident macguffin later on in the film.  I’m not sure I understand why the Atlanteans mutated into different species after Atlantis fell into the sea, but I liked the look of the different underwater tribes/creatures.  The film’s climax gives us some crazy-huge underwater battles between all … [continued]