Excerpt: While Momoa is just fine as the titular “Aquaman,” David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall’s screenplay features far too little humor and far too much origin story – by the time Orm’s visiting those remaining undersea realms, they feel like jammed in afterthoughts.
Excerpt: The result is a zippy little piece of popcorn that is full of empty calories and is certainly no peer to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman from last year, but it is still a tightly wound toy that is leaps and bounds better than the rest of the DCEU.
Excerpt: It’s relentlessness may tire some people out, but I found it absolutely enthralling and joyful. Aquaman swings harder than most blockbusters, and its willingness to wholeheartedly embrace camp and melodrama makes it an unforgettable experience.
Excerpt: When it’s not tediously predictable in its clichés, its complete lack of narrative or thematic daring, and its colorless meathead hero, it’s a mess of incoherent action and noisy psychedelic chaos.
Excerpt: James Wan acknowledges Aquaman is unlike his superhero peers, but he is in on the joke, and that gives him license to experiment and run wild with madcap ideas. Feel free to laugh at Aquaman; yell at the screen and treat it like the Rocky Aquatic Picture Show. – the director wants you to.