|Posted: 30 July 2019 at 11:10am | IP Logged | 10
The wife bought the Blu-Ray for me on Prime Day.
I didn't like the surfer-bro hero as presented in JUSTICE LEAGUE. I felt the efforts to make Aquaman cool actually made him less so.
Based mostly on that, and always being cautious where DC/Warner is concerned over the last decade, I had passed on it.
I kept hearing good things, if not great things, about it, though. So, I was curious.
Maybe the character was simply handled (and explained) better here, but it wasn't as annoying. And he did evolve a little.
The setting and plot came off as an odd mix of WONDER WOMAN and THE BLACK PANTHER, maybe on accident, maybe not. Hard to dodge parallels with hidden ancient (but elite) cultures with sacred birthright rituals whose very way of life is changed by the meddling of outsiders and/or castoff family.
That said, I like that they just went for it. This was a fun ride, if lasting just a bit long. The visuals are amazing...immersive, even. Ha. The Black Manta was realized quite well. When our hero finally gets his costume, it's fairly proper. And as much fun was made of "talking to fish" in JL, that power is showcased nicely. An interesting cast, as well. Overall, pretty good. It mostly made me ache for a great Namor movie.
From what I've seen* of DC/Warner live action movies the last 15 years, here's how they rank (in order).
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
MAN OF STEEL
*SUICIDE SQUAD (Still haven't seen it. Assuming it's the worst).
**GREEN LANTERN (Which I did see, but had almost completely forgotten about it...that's pretty bad)
Edited by Brian Rhodes on 30 July 2019 at 11:11am