Here comes a line I would never guess I would ever say: Aquaman is the best DC movie of its generation.
It was epic. An outstanding visual spectacle, outrageously entertaining and completely unashamed of getting comic book-y. That might me my favorite thing about it, director James Wan has completely ignored the dark and brooding tone of the DCEU from the Snyder movies, and took it to a brand new brighter, colorful direction with zero fear of getting silly. Therefore, we get to see Aquaman talking with fishes, riding giant seahorses, mind-controlling sea life and even an octopus playing drums! It's pure comic book gold.
The movie borrows the style, scope, and fun factor from the Marvel movies (particularly the Thor franchise) but makes its own, introducing us to an astonishing universe which mixes fantasy and technology unlike any other superhero franchise, actually reminding me of He-Man/She-Ra cartoons.
And the whole thing looks SPECTACULAR. The visuals are dazzling and bright colored. The under the sea colors, the CGI and the sea creatures look amazing. It's a visual feast unlike anything I have ever seen before.
Jason Momoa, which I must confess, always thought was the WORST part of the Justice League movie, finally finds his Aquaman, bringing the majesty, presence and charisma the King of the seven seas deserve. From the moment he starts wearing the classic costume, he becomes the ultimate Aquaman. The absolutely stunning Amber Heard as Mera is wonderful, regal and kickass. The movie should have being called Aquaman and Mera because she's as much as a star as he is. The villains are awesome as well. Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master is full of gravitas and a scene-stealer, not unlike Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Black Manta might be my favorite though, he looks absolutely awesome, straight from the comics and I hope to see more of him soon. Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison are all perfectly cast as well.
Yes, the film is not without flaws.The writing is not always great and it can be a little too formulaic sometimes, but overall, it's plain old-fashion fun, and managed to reinvigorate the DC Universe while granting us a great time. 🐠🐬🦈🦑
Spider-man Into The Spider-verse Review:
I was super excited to see this movie, I love spider-man and I love animation, so this was perfect. Honestly I don't know why they haven't made a fully fledged animated spider-man movie before this, I think the concept worked really well.
The story follows Miles Morales, a young teen living in New York who gets bit by a spider and gets the same powers as spider-man. When Kingpin opens a portal to a new dimension, a bunch of other spider-men start showing up, and the group of them need to stop Kingpin from opening another portal and destroying the city with it. First off this movie is gorgeous, they use a lot of neon colors, and its all animated really well so it's super pleasing to look at. I was a little worried when I saw the trailer because a lot of the movement looked kind of jerky, but it really wasnt a problem in the actual movie. The soundtrack is also really nice, there's a lot of urban rap and hip hop music that was used really well. It was also really funny, the movie breaks the 4th wall a lot, and gets pretty goofy with its characters. One thing I did have a problem with was the pacing, especially near the end. For the entire movie, Miles is essentially useless, so much so that the other spider-men physically tie him up so that they don't have to deal with him getting in the way, and then there's a 2 minute montage of him practicing his powers by himself and suddenly he can hold his own with every other spider-men. A lot of the movie felt weirdly jointed because the pacing, but it's still a pretty good story and wonderful to watch. Hopefully they make more movies like this, I totally recommend going and seeing it.
Final grade: A-
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MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
There has never been a movie in existence that has a greater understanding of the beating heart that drives Spider-Man mythology than this one.
The animation is genuinely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. A mesmerising ode to superhero comic art and animation through the ages. It feels so realistic, yet totally otherworldly.
The characterisation of each Spider-Person is staggering in realisation and they all feel immensely out of their element, but never jarring. It’s a brilliantly executed paradox in which the out-of-dimension characters feel in like they fit at all times. With truly laudable voice acting that will live in memory, Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld as (A) Peter Parker and Alt-Gwen Stacy are effortless in bringing these characters to life, as is everyone else in this movie. Special shout-outs to Nic Cage, who was the only real choice for Spider-Man: Noir.
Even so, Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales is the star. Even metaphorically. If this movie‘s supporting cast represent planets bristling with life, Miles shines bright as the star around which it all revolves. A revelatory performance.
Negatives? Ganke was essentially a nothing character. Odd, as a choice. Also, a fair few of the final act’s climactic shots are in the trailers. Other minor nitpicks, if I struggle, would be that I wanted more Gwen, ANY Judge, and more Earth-1610 eggs. That’s it.
With an incredibly well-written story, sumptuous visual panache, an infinite amount of weighty emotional builds that all pay-off, and a riotous post-credits scene, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an instant classic that stands as one of best animated movies ever made.
It’s your great responsibility to see this movie. I just hope Stan had the chance, because this one’s for the true believers. Most importantly, it’s for you. Whoever “You” are.
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