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Subj: grading on a curve
Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 at 08:41:09 am EST (Viewed 251 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Aquaman film is mediocre
Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 at 08:15:26 am EST (Viewed 248 times)

    I'm surprised how much some people here loved this movie. The story is utterly conventional and predictable and the execution doesn’t rescue it. Despite the occasional striking visuals (particularly in Atlantis and the Trench) and the one good action scene (set in Sicily), the movie is sunk by laughably cliched dialogue, unfunny humor, ultra-bland villains (boy is Patrick Wilson terrible), Nicole Kidman’s creepy plastic-surgery visage, and all around pedestrian acting (even Willem Dafoe phones it in, and Amber Heard, in the worst wig to ever appear in a superhero movie, is an uninspired black hole on the screen). For such a superficial genre film, the whole thing is way too drawn out introducing seven undersea kingdoms in a stupefying 143 minutes. By the time some throwaway crustacean army shows up with no setup to battle the Atlanteans, I was ready to watch paint dry instead. Mamoa is better than he was in Justice League but still feels more like a writer’s construct than a human being.

The sad thing is it was a good movie when compared with every other movie in the DCEU except Wonder Woman.

Better than Suicide Squad? Yep. Better than Batman vs Superman? You betcha. Better than Justice League...way better. Better than Man of Steel? Oh yeah.

So the movie may not be that great it's still the 2nd best out of the 6 movies. (and the Shazam trailer makes me think Aquaman will still be 2nd best out of 7 movies)

(personally I would give Aquaman a B+. It's a little better than mediocre but it's not perfect..Momoa has charisma unlike Affleck or Cavill)

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