Aquaman – A Science Fiction & Fantasy Movie Review

Today Camera Girl and I took grandsons Primus and Secundus to the local multiplex and watched a double feature of

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Aquaman

Between tickets and popcorn this went for about a hundred bucks.  And it was horrible.  Having to twice sit through the interminable coming attractions and other advertising video was pure torture.  Ralph Breaks the Internet was mildly amusing but twice as long as it needed to be.  Plus, at the end I found out that Sarah Silverman was one of the voice actors.  By the time Aquaman began I was bored and queasy from eating greasy popcorn.

It wasn’t bad.  There was a little too much girl power being pitched and of course none of it made any sense at all but taken as a whole it wasn’t bad.  The plot was ridiculously contrived and the evil half brother motif might as well have had Thor and Loki’s names filed down to protect DC from being sued by Marvel.

The special effects are, of course, spectacular.  Due to his human/Atlantean hybrid ancestry the title role is performed as a regular guy who just happens to be a super hero that can breath under water and control the denizens of the deep.  The rest of the Atlanteans try to sound like some kind of quasi-medieval nobility, sort of like how the Asgardians in the Thor movies do.  It’s a little silly but not terrible.

I’ve never followed the Aquaman character before.  I figured he was just the DC version of Submariner who was the lamest of the Marvel superheroes.  From the ending sequence and the way these superhero franchises are handled it’s certain that there will be sequels.  Not that I think there need to be any.

Bottom line, the movie has plenty of action and drama.  The main character is likable and fulfills the function of a superhero by being heroic.  And finally, the grandsons thought it was very good.  So it fulfills its primary role, it amuses kids.

5 thoughts on “Aquaman – A Science Fiction & Fantasy Movie Review

  • December 30, 2018 at 11:53 am
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    Trying to remember the last time in a theater, Avatar, I think, which managed to irritate and piss me off on so many levels as to set some sort of record.

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    • December 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm
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      I heard what a visual wonder Avatar was but when I heard it was an anti-military environmental screed I skipped it.

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      • December 30, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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        _Avatar_ was basically _Dances with Wolves_ in space. The Indians are just blue-skinned eco-warriors in _Avatar_. A beautiful movie, and I enjoyed it, but it’s definitely an anti-military, pro-environment, pro-multi-culti kind of deal. Then again, isn’t that _most_ of what Hollywood churns out?
        If you haven’t, check out the recent remake of _Death Wish_ starring Bruce Willis. It’s a surprisingly red-pilled flick when it comes to depictions of street-level violence in Chicago.

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  • December 30, 2018 at 5:37 pm
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    +1 one on the Deathwish remake with Bruce Willis.

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    • December 30, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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      So that’s two good reviews for Death Wish. I’ll give it a watch.

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