Aquaman

Aquaman

DVD - 2019
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Don't listen to the haters, this movie is quite good - one of DC's best - and, like Wonder Woman, not nearly as dark as the DC movies of the past six years. It's maybe a bit long but it's loads of fun and quite different than most superhero films in that, of course, it takes place almost entirely underwater. Enjoy.

Pretty mediocre. I suppose the visuals would have been better on the big screen but the acting and story were pretty bad.

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lindacat
Jun 07, 2019

I liked this movie and wish I'd seen it on the big screen instead of my little laptop with all the special effects. The lead actor playing Aquaman was very god-like. The guy playing his brother and the red headed girlfriend were just so-so and not exotic enough. I think there really was an Atlantis and they did a good job imagining this!

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travioli68
Jun 03, 2019

I never thought this movie would end. It's way too long. There were parts of it that I liked; and other parts that were blah. The costumes, and underwater worlds were awesome. They could have cut the time of this movie in half and made it much better. The storyline is ok.

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danomcd
Jun 03, 2019

Why do people like this movie??? Horrible simply horrible.

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sol1765
Jun 01, 2019

Wonder Woman is the greatest movie (and superhero) of all time. What other hero has Love as one's mission...? No other hero can rival that.

Wonder...

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ZsaZsa4
May 25, 2019

I'm glad I saw it and there are a lot of cool things about it, buuut it's not going to be in my top 10 (20?) superhero movies... it's long and a bit ponderous at times, with *so many* warring warriors... but I was impressed by the amount of imagination that went into battle scenes, "car chases," hand-to-hand combats, monsters, weapons and vehicles that are done underwater or while entering or emerging from water.... they obviously allowed an army of creative people to come up with every conceivable power move you could do with water and then hired another army of CGI artists to bring it all to life on the grandest possible scale. Outer space is never made to seem as vast in other movies as "the seas" are in Aquaman. I don't think any of the other superhero movies to date have done CGI at this level. Quite impressive. And I love Jason Momoa -- his first appearance, when he says, "Permission to come on board?," made me go liquid inside. This is a hot and sexy dude (and they kind of play Aquaman as a surfer dude in some ways). I really liked Amber Heard... it is always great to have Nicole Kidman... the bad guy (the chief bad guy of many bad guys??), Patrick Wilson, was pretty good. But it was a long and complicated plot with a not small number of superhero-movie cliches. At one point, the build-up to a fight to the death in an arena involves the pounding of a big set of orchestral drums and they pan in on that to show that it is an octopus pounding the tom-toms. I was, like, really?

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anonymouswe
May 24, 2019

Another DC disappointment. It is not a horrible movie, but I can't give it more than 3 stars because it is not a very good movie. First, the movie open with CGI to make Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman appear younger and it is HORRIBLE. I was distracted the whole time. Was that a wig, did they CGI his hair in. Why did their faces look so weird? Those thoughts killed the connection to the film from the start. Add to it the CGI to make everyone underwater appear to be underwater and it was a master class is how NOT to employ CGI, IMO. That made it distracting throughout. Then it committed what have come to me to be the two cardinal sins of Superhero movies: (1) The main battle between main characters is portrayed largely by CGI (if I wanted to watch a video game, I'd play a video game); (2) Epic, ginormous battles between massive armies so large they have to be done via CGI and it is pretty much impossible to follow what is happening (again, playing a video game is far more fun than watching this stuff). The scale has gotten completely out of control in super-hero movies and the quality of movie in the audience eyes is declining as a result. Take a note from Iron Man. You don't need tens of thousands of people fighting each other - you just need a few incredibly well developed good and bad folks going head to head. The audience loves that more. There are some really good parts to this story, which I enjoyed in the film - but the two cardinal sins and the horribly distracting use of CGI kept me from thinking this is a really good film.

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lukasevansherman
May 21, 2019

Wow, just, wow. I don't expect much from superhero movies, but this was unwatchable and confusing. And I was a little stoned. It felt like being trapped in a video game. A lot of good actors try hard to act with the green screen. On the plus side, haven't you always wanted to see Willem Defoe underwater and sporting a bun?

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L_C3
May 19, 2019

I really wanted to like this movie. It could have been great but was let down by a weak script and some so-so acting. Momoa definitely looked the part but about 90% of his lines were wisecracks you might hear from the mouth of an adolescent boy. The relationship between his parents was the most heartfelt aspect of the movie and with such an origin story, Aquaman's constant wisecracks don't seem to suit the character and what he's gone/going through. I really appreciate that they were trying to bring more levity to the film, but I just didn't enjoy the way they did it. It was hard to connect to him as a person, though his abilities were awesome and fun to watch. The villains really felt terrible; Black Manta was dealt a very bad hand...he was given nothing to work with and was incredibly weak as a result. I enjoyed the final act even though I tend to find the final "battle scene" act in superhero movies the weakest...it was really the only part of the movie that felt like it lived up to the hype. This movie had incredible potential, but I felt like it missed the mark too many times to ever give it a re-watch.

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ooppii
May 18, 2019

I wasn't an Aquaman fan but after this movie, I am. It's a fun, fun, fun movie and very well made: directing, performance, special effects, everything. Completely enjoyable from beginning to end. Aquaman was a little too casual for me in some spots, but still great.

bibliosara May 16, 2019

Lots of fun and adventure in this DC film. Although the resemblence between Mera and Ariel may trigger some eye-rolling, overall this is a great adventure on the seas... or under them, to be more accurate. Set aside your expecations of realism, and you'll have a very enjoyable two hours! One of the best aspects of the film is Jason Mamoa, who brings a levity that DC movies often neglect.

LoganLib_Aavishka May 15, 2019

Another great DC movie. I loved the action, the vibrant scenery, the actors, the plot. Everything was intense and captivating. Amazing!

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gurujr
May 14, 2019

Ready for Aquaman II. Yeah, it must have been hard recreating Atlantis, a whole city underwater. The outfits reminded me of an old Flash Gordon serial. Lots of thrills with sea creatures.

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Daisy132
May 12, 2019

Total Rubbish. Waste of my time!

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msann62
May 12, 2019

Had to watch it twice before I decided that it was an okay movie. Maybe I would have liked it more had I seen it in 3D. Special effects was awesome. Just couldn't get into Jason's role as Arthur Curry.

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Alyxwrites
May 09, 2019

"Overall, I enjoyed Aquaman a bit more than I thought I would. I liked all the characters enough and the acting was fine across the board. This is a usual hero story where he needs to complete the prophecy in order to do the thing that needs to be done, even though he doesn’t want to. Ya know, that story..."

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https://alyxwrites.blog/2019/04/26/movie-review-aquaman-2018/

As a superhero movie, it feels like a breath of fresh air, something that acknowledges the camp and bizareness and embraces it. On the other hand, it feels forced in some places and Jason Momoa is awkward as Arthur Curry, to say the least.

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red_eagle_1004
May 05, 2019

it was a good movie to watch.
for those who complaint about the storyline let me remind you that Aquaman is make believe just like any other super hero.

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kaybea
May 04, 2019

Can't believe I wasted almost an hour of my life before giving up on this movie.

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justicelawman
May 04, 2019

Its all washed up, would not recommend it....

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FBM22
May 03, 2019

Humour ras des paquerettes.
Scénario ridicule.
Jeu d'acteur déplorable.
Heard est une catastrophe. Momoa en fait trop. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ridicule dans ses mimiques.
Film destiné aux adolescents et aux enfants. Un adulte normalement constitué se lassera rapidement des rocambolesques péripéties d'Aquaman. Les dialogues et les situations sont risibles, et aucune profondeur n'est apportée aux personnages.
une fois, ça passe. Au second visionnage, on pleure face à un tel navet.
Je n'insisterai pas sur l'insipide doublage québécois. Toujours les mêmes voix dans tous les films, un son en VF avec echo et une apposition de la voix FR en décalage.

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GiovanniS
Apr 23, 2019

This was definitely a fun watch. Watched this on an HD projector and the whole wall was filled with the image to create the IMAX-at-home effect. Took about two viewings to really get into the movie. The thing that struck me the most was how it had these moments where the pacing would be at a level where you feel comfortable, then the rug would be pulled out of you and you have a whole load of action that follows. Great visuals. Would definitely borrow this again at some point in the future.

I don't usually watch this genre of movie. It was intense and visually appealing. The story did itself justice by beginning in the correct place and explaining how Aquaman came to be. The ending was just what I had hoped for and although it seemed long and drawn out in a few places, it was definitely worth the time invested. The beautiful red-haired princess seemed to me to be soooooooooo much more the star than the Aquaman in many places. Not suitable for small children due to way too much killing and violence. But worth the viewing for older patrons.

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benjithegreat
Apr 20, 2019

You know, I heard about how this movie is a"Actually, pretty good" because it embraces the cheese of it. Idunno. After finally having seen it, I agree to a certain extent, but the thing that I noticed most of all is that the humor in this movie - every single joke, is just flat lame. It tries to be cheesy and goofy, and badass, but all except for the last one a bit, are a swing and a miss. Mamoa is pretty charming and saves it a bit, but what's her name, who plays Mera is, I'm sorry to say, wholly untalented. She has nothing but looks. Those looks are great, but it really shows the depth of the movie. I was kinda looking forward to the end, where I assumed it would be a giant CG-orama battle, and it was - absolutely - but by the time it came, I just flat out didn't care anymore. Oh, and if you don't get how cheesy it was, here's a tidbit - The LITERALLY have an octopus playing the drums. When I saw that, I couldn't even laugh - it was so blatant and ripe-for-memes... just one of the many shudders. And you can see the entire movie coming a mile away - it's the Hero's Journey, through and through - they milked that goat dry. A couple of saving graces though - Mamoa is really not too shabby and pretty fun to watch. Wilson is not bad - not his best role, but not too bad. And it was nice to see Dafoe NOT end up being a bad guy in this - to me, that's a win! Unfortunately, Kidman didn't work here. She just seemed bland... and the Manta guy, although he looked cool as hell, was essentially a B-movie villain.


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