Watched Aquaman tonight. I like Jason Momoa and sharks and I knew both would be in the movie so I figured it was worth $5. It was so much more! I kind of fall into the “Aquaman is a lame superhero” camp, but I didn’t quite know how much lore there was about all of the Atlantis kingdoms and stuff and frankly, how much crazy shit.
I’ve always liked the whole underwater cities thing, as well as the strange creatures in the deep (and sharks!) so I loved the depiction of Atlantis, but when it got to the part where the Deep Ones (I mean, that’s what they are, right?) appeared and were swarming in the ocean, I was so happy! And the Journey to the Center of the Earth lost island with the dinosaurs running around was also really fun. The appearance of the different Atlantean people reminded me of the art from Abyss (the board game, not the movie), especially the war-like crab people, and then the movie sort of ended with Cthulhu rising from the ocean. Okay, not really, but I was also very excited by this.
My only complaint is that there should have been less humor. It feels like they were pointlessly trying to copy the MCU formula. The movie is already inherently ridiculous; no need to add moments of levity.
- Man, their anti-aging effects are great! Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe just looked young without that overly blurred Snapchat filter look that I’ve seen before in other movies.
- Amber Heard just hasn’t changed in 15 years, no anti-aging technology necessary.
- Dolph Lundgren has no Swedish accent at all anymore! He always had a very mild accent (like a lot of Swedes), but it’s pretty much all gone now!
- I just can’t get over the Deep Ones. I mean, Trench Atlanteans or whatever. I squealed inwardly with delight when they appeared.
- Black Manta felt extraneous in this movie. If (when?) there’s a sequel, I imagine he’d play a bigger role, but it didn’t feel like he made that much of an impact. Also, why do so many black superheroes have to be named Black something? We know they’re black. There is no need to put it in their name.
- All of the action scenes were so creative and fun.