Something to Sea
Early reactions to Aquaman are pouring in and the general consensus seems to be… that it ain’t bad. The first DCEU entry since the divisive installment that was Justice League is receiving a warm reception. People praising everything from the scale of the story, the visual effects, and the execution done by the cast and crew.
Praise for Wan and Momoa
It has been over a year since Justice League released on November 15, 2017. It’s hard to believe it is that long. But that was where fans were first exposed to Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman. While overall response to the film as a whole was not exactly positive most people will agree that the new bad boy of Atlantis was an enjoyable part. Even if it was just a toe dip into the deep pools of what we know of the character(get it? because of water).
It seems that director James Wan and Momoa are running with that success into this stand-alone feature. With editor in chief of JoBlo Paul Shirey writing that “Momoa makes the character his own… It’s a blast.”
Short & sweet reaction to #Aquaman is that I loved it. It’s a comic book movie through & through with great action, iconic moments & visual spectacle to spare. Momoa makes the character his own & Wan honors the traditional aspects, but elevates it to the modern era. It’s a blast.
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 26, 2018
The praise is not just for Momoa alone either. People are bestowing some praise on Wan as well. The director who has worked on projects such as Furious 7 and The Conjuring apparently hit it out of the park with his first superhero outing. IGN darling Tom Jorgensen stating that creative control of the DCEU should be handed over to the director.
WB should be handing the DCEU reins to James Wan, he's proven he can, ahem, right the ship. pic.twitter.com/4hjxdmNLDf
— Tom Jorgensen (@Tom_Jorgensen) November 26, 2018
With all the praise it was hard to find any negative comments but entertainment reporter Germain Lussier offered a level-headed reaction acknowledging that some parts were flawed.
Aquaman is a big, fun, wild ride. It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable. Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone. 2nd best DCU movie. YEEEAAHH! pic.twitter.com/3GLlK3uQJ3
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 26, 2018
But do these reactions pump you up more? Cool you down a bit? A theme I did notice was that individuals went into the movie with low expectations to then be pleasantly surprised. Will that be your mindset? As someone who has had mixed feelings about the DCEU, I am definitely in the headspace of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. But let us know if you’ll be diving in(ha! another water joke) when Aquaman splashes into theaters (last one I swear) on December 21st.