First Aquaman Reactions Salute Swashbuckling Epic
The best DC movie since The Dark Knight. The second best DC movie (perhaps behind The Dark Knight). On par with Patty Jenkins fantastic Wonder Woman origin story. A swashbuckling epic full of massive emotions and a tidal wave of action. Folks, the first reactions to James Wan‘s Aquaman are in, and they are more or less every shade of enthused. For anyone who was worried that the hugely talented Wan had bitten off more than he could chew, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The reactions cite, among many standout features, the singular look of Atlantis, the charm and gravitas of Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry, the fantastic performance by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villain Black Manta, a great heroine in Amber Heard’s Mera, the dazzling effects, and the fearlessness with which the entire Aquaman team went for big laughs, big emotions, and big drama. The critics and assorted press who caught the first screening for the film have been filling Twitter with their reactions, and they’re likely going to make you want to see the film on its first night.
As we always do in our reaction and/or review roundup, let’s take a spoiler-free stroll through the Twitter feeds of trusted film folks to give you a decent snapshot of what everyone’s feeling.
#Aquaman was an absolute blast, from the charm of Momoa’s Arthur Curry, to the spectacular visuals to the fun that it was clear that everyone was having. It was exactly what I was hoping for and I can’t wait to see it again! I’ll give you more details when I’m allowed! pic.twitter.com/FyeczAJJIJ
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) November 26, 2018
Chalk up a big, wet win for DC. @creepypuppet’s #Aquaman is an epic, swing-for-the-fences adventure that plunges fans into incredibly creative worlds. Goofy in spots, but it’s rollicking fun. See it on the biggest screen possible! pic.twitter.com/ahODJ4mJAI
— Sean O’Connell (@Sean_OConnell) November 26, 2018
WB should be handing the DCEU reins to James Wan, he’s proven he can, ahem, right the ship. pic.twitter.com/4hjxdmNLDf
— Tom Jorgensen (@Tom_Jorgensen) November 26, 2018
Aquaman is a big, fun, wild ride. It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable. Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone. 2nd best DCU movie. YEEEAAHH! pic.twitter.com/3GLlK3uQJ3
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 26, 2018
Excited I can now say how much I enjoyed #Aquaman! It’s a cool adventure built on some tremendous action sequences and set pieces, with a great hero arc/performance from Jason Momoa as the glue. There’s fun world building, and it looks wonderful. A great step for the DCEU. pic.twitter.com/Z5iPdilMIR
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) November 26, 2018
So I really enjoyed #Aquaman! James Wan has made an unapologetically bold superhero flick, mixing adventure and fantasy elements with stunning visual effects, a terrific lead in Jason Momoa (who’s clearly having the time of his life), and a great heroine in Amber Heard’s Mera. pic.twitter.com/V8bnw6mnCX
— Carly Lane (@carlylane) November 26, 2018
I loved #Aquaman! It’s definitely one of the best DC universe movies thus far. It’s a fun underwater fantasy sci-fi adventure everyone will enjoy. James Wan did a great job of bringing the first Aquaman movie to life ??? pic.twitter.com/RI0s2YKmLL
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) November 26, 2018
Short & sweet reaction to #Aquaman is that I loved it. It’s a comic book movie through & through with great action, iconic moments & visual spectacle to spare. Momoa makes the character his own & Wan honors the traditional aspects, but elevates it to the modern era. It’s a blast.
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 26, 2018
Aquaman opens wide on December 21, 2018.
Featured image: JASON MOMOA as Aquaman. Courtesy Warner Bros.