Grumpy Bird Review: Aquaman

Having two tiny children is not the best plan if you want to stay current on movies. So, let’s talk Aquaman!

Aquaman poster.jpgAquaman

director: James Wan

writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall

Quick Review:

I enjoyed the heck out of this flick. A great little adventure story that was part adventure, part super hero and a dash of undersea politics. I loved the joy in it and how it is absolutely unashamed of being a four-color comic book story. Huzzah to this.

Analysis:

This is not a perfect movie. The different Kingdoms are nodded at and given screen time, but it is popcorn politics at best. Not all of the visual hold up (underwater hair), and the finale feels incredibly sudden after such a long journey.

But, at the same time, I don’t really care. Almost from the very beginning the movie sets up the rules it will be following and abides by them. Right from the start you can feel that their will be political maneuvering, but that it will not get too thick. Most of the movie lies in the charm of its cast and the heart of its story.

And that is where it wins. I just came away that this movie exists in a very sincere place. I get the feeling that Wan takes a great deal of joy in the worlds he is shepherding to reality and that he wants us to feel his joy. It has the feeling of someone that knows they will likely not get another chance to play in this world and doesn’t want to leave any of their favorite toys in the box. And I dig that.

Yes, you could come out and say this is just a big, dumb action movie. Or, you could just enjoy the ride.

Final Thoughts:

This was great. It makes me want to go back and watch Flash Gordon. It also makes me hope that somehow Wan gets another go at the world of Aquaman.


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