66 thoughts on “Aquaman (2018) Movie Review

  1. I never liked Ben Affleck as Batman, so I refused to watch those movies. However, this one is a DC movie that I can watch. I like Jason Momoa and I think he as Aquaman makes sense.

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  2. Momoa as Aquaman was the best part of otherwise cringeworthy Justice League, despite the wooden dialogue that plagued that DC movie. I’m not sure I’m going to like this lighter take, as I hated Thor: Ragnarok with a passion :P, so I guess I’ll wait to see Aquaman in my home theater 😉 Great review, Lashaan!

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  3. Hmm, I wonder… maybe I’ll go and see the Aquaman, after all… but the new animated Spidey premieres soon, and is rumoured to be excellent, I will try to make time for both 🙂

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    1. Oh, if you want my most honest opinion, I’d recommend Into the Spiderverse over Aquaman. That animated movie is a game-changer for animated movies. It’s visually revolutionary. Like… It is bound to go down as something as legendary as Akira. 🙂 But do check out Aquaman someday, especially if you’re interested by the whole movie. Visuals won’t disappoint. 😉

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      1. You were right! Spiderverse is great. Script, music – superb. And visually, it is indeed revolutionary. I’ve had so much fun, and I hope they will follow this up with more. I’d love to watch a tv-series for each alternate Spidey!

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        1. It would indeed be pretty cool to get more out of the team behind the movie for all those characters. Did you stick around for the after-credit scene? Great stuff. I do hope Sony will look into creating more animated movies like this one. And it would be pretty amazing if this movie gets DC to make a theatrical release for some animated movies too (since most of their movies are straight-to-dvd), especially since DC’s animated movies are almost always above average. 😀 But man… Into the Spiderverse was quite a stunning surprise!

          P.S. I’d wait a little before watching Aquaman now though hahahah You’ll be baffled in terms of story-telling quality otherwise. 😛

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          1. I always stay as long as necessary to make sure I don’t miss anything 🙂 Recently, I’ve been dragged to see some non-genre movies, and I’m always disappointed that fancy European directors don’t do any post-credit scenes 😉
            This one was very cool, everybody – remember not to leave cinemas too early!

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  4. I basically agree with the film’s standing. It’s not amazing or anything, but it’s a fun watch and the visuals are quite nice. I’m hoping that the upcoming Shazam film also does well in the box office so DC can start expanding again and hopefully churning out a bunch of films like Marvel.

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    1. Indeed! The visuals for the world-building is truly astonishing and actually saves this movie more than anything. I’m slightly skeptical about Shazam as its tone is completely different, and naturally humouristic, but I do hope it does well and that DC/Warner Bros finds their groove for all their movies soon!

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  5. Wonderful and well thought out review sir, I think you sum Aquaman up aptly with the words “fun” and “chaotic” as I’d say this is the best and easiest way to describe it!

    I had a lot of fun with Aquaman, it’s by no means one of the best of the genre or even of the DC films but it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a (here’s that word again) fun, occasionally cheesy ride. Totally agree that the script is a little predictable and the dialogue could’ve done with being beefed up a bit and Black Manta wasn’t the forceful adversary I’d hoped – but maybe that’ll be rectified in the next one.

    I was totally floored by the visuals (my draw dropped during that final battle) and it even gave Ragnarok a run for it’s money. The humour was fine, I could’ve done with a little less of it (Wonder Woman got the mix just right and was actually funny where it needed to be) but I didn’t find it to be overly goofy.

    It’ll be interesting to see how Shazam turns out but that’s likely to have a similarly light-hearted and humorous tone given the source material but I like Zachary Levi (Chuck Bartowski!) and I really like the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank New 52 story so fingers crossed. But, come on DC – get going on the Flash and gives us more Superman!!!

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    1. Thanks Chris. I believe your review does a much better job in eloquently summing up what Aquaman turned out to be though hahahah with that mid-credit scene, I do hope they give Black Manta a much more “clever villain” role than what we got too. I would’ve liked to see the Black Manta from Young Justice make an appearance, with a whole father-son thing too, but clearly the ideas are set on something else entirely.

      Yep, Aquaman had much more of those epic cinematic moments than Thor too! Those were indeed incredible to watch! I did wish that the whole Trench sequence was the tone that most of the movie would’ve adapted for this first Aquaman movie too, especially since the director is known for some heavily popular horror movies!

      I’m a bit skeptical about Shazam, but like you said, I think the fact that the source material already has that humourous tone to it will likely help the movie even more in delivering the right tone!

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      1. It’s going to be interesting to see where Worlds of DC goes, Aquaman is doing pretty well at the box office, I suppose it depends on how Shazam is received but I do hope we get a variety of tones and not make everything so goofy. Again, I definitely feel Wonder Woman had the perfect balance.

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              1. Haha, yeah I’m hearing so many good things about Young Justice and you’re a man of good taste so I do need to catch up with it…in fact, I’m sure seasons 1 and 2 are on Amazon Prime.

                Very much looking forward to Reign of the Supermen and the Batman animated films coning this year, Hush (oh yeah) and the Long Halloween (supposedly will be in two parts, yay!).

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  6. I DIDN’T KNOW MY DUDE DOLPH LUNDGREN WAS IN IT TOO!!! 😮 😮
    “predictable,” “cringeworthy moments,” “forced humour” << yes to all those. I rolled my eyes half the time and was tempted to walk out the other half, but Jason Momoa kept me in my seat until close to the end of the final battle scene when I couldn't stand it all anymore.
    Great review, Lashaan. Unfortunately, I didn't like much about the movie except the actors and the visuals. I HATED the whole romantic comedy part, which felt kind of random.

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  7. Being a big fan of DC movies I was really looking forward to this one, and was completely disappointed in it for all the the reasons you mentioned. I think they could have done a way better job with the script and the depth of characters. Thanks for the review it was spot on

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    1. Oh man, I am truly happy to hear how much you relate to my review! I am a super HUGE DC fan as well and was saddened by this movie, especially with the insane pressure that these DC movies have thanks to Marvel’s fanbase. I do hope DC will not try and adapt Marvel’s movie formula for their upcoming movies and stick to delivering their own thing.

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  8. Personally I loved this movie, and after Wonder Woman it’s probably DCs next best movie. To me it was amazing and I watched it twice back to back. It wasn’t just the fight scenes that were good but I loved the emotion provoking dialogues and story 🙂

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    1. Hahah I’m super glad to hear you loved it! There’s just too much hate for the DC movies in general. The original story on which the movie is based is even more explosive and epic but involves more heroes besides Aquaman and his friends/enemies. It would’ve been nice to see if they have respected even more of the source material. I’m still glad to hear you loved the emotions, dialogues and story! 😀

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  9. Gotta admit, I’m still struggling to drum up any excitement for this movie (does it surprise you though given my reaction to other DC movies lately? 😉 ) I do like Mamoa from GOT (obviously 😉 ) but am kinda put off by (yet another) predictable plot with (unsurprisingly) cringey humour. It’s good that the visuals worked so well, but I’m gonna be honest and say I doubt I’ll be watching this or any other DC live action movie any time soon :/ Awesome review though!

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    1. Based on your thoughts on the previous movies, I don’t think this one would work any better to be honest. You’ll have to wait till DC puts an end to their “DCEU” and creates stand-alone movies (like that Joker movie) or reboots their cinematic universe. But at least, if you ever do watch this one, the visuals won’t disappoint. It’s chaotic beauty. But the rest… I don’t know… The “rom-com” vibes weren’t my cup of tea hahah

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  10. Aquaman is the best DCU movie so far. There’s nothing better than a rediscovered hero and story. This movie is a great movie introducing a very underated character.

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  11. Great review! Marvel and Disney really have set a high bar for DC to compete with. I thought your review was well rounded. I enjoyed the movie personally, though Amber Herd’s character design reminded me a lot of Ariel from the Little Mermaid!

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    1. Thanks, Steph! Hahah I actually think Marvel/Disney created standards for all superhero movies and it’s why some of the DC movies get shredded by critics! The last couple of movies have been fantastic though, and the next one will blow everyone’s minds (The Joker), I’m convinced! 😍 And yes hahaha she sure does remind us of Ariel! I’m just glad they kept her costume from the comics! 😁 Thank you for reading!

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  12. Hi Lashaan. Sorry for the late input. Miss Plumtartt and I watched this last night. Neither one of us care for the CGI-fest that dominates the modern superhero movie. We went into the movie knowing this, but we wanted to give the movie a fair shot. We both wanted to like it, We both feel damaged, dirty, and violated by the experience. From the opening to the end, it was a video game. In many places, it was PAINFULLY obvious that the movie is intentionally filmed to look like a video game including sound affects. The script is childlike. No character development, a predictable plot and no surprises. Wonderful actors in a drek movie.

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    1. Honestly, Icky, don’t worry about sharing your honest thoughts with me, I am always curious to know what my buddies think of anything. Sorry to hear how painful this one turned to be though. It was personally not my favourite of the Worlds of DC movies. It put more cheese on it than it could’ve ever handled. There’s likely going to be a sequel but who knows what direction it’ll take. 😂 Now you just need to watch Joker for REAL acting. 😁

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