Last summer there was a lot of doubt that Warner Bros. Pictures Wonder Woman could be a successful film, especially with the negative reception of films like Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. But in a surprise to most, it has been the DCEU’s (what’s left of it) most successful film. With Disney and Marvel dominating the big screen this year, it’s almost time for the release of Aquaman.
The classic DC Comics’ character that has often been ridiculed by most for being a hero that can “talk to fish”, is ready to make his feature film debut in the self-titled film Aquaman directed by James Wan starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard. A few weeks ago Aquaman had it’s first screening at a press event for critics and reporters, but they were unable to talk about it on social media until the embargo was lifted today.
Based on the first wave of social media reactions today, it looks like we are in for a good time as it is of some critics opinion that this may be Warner Bros. best DC Comics film to date if not a close second to Wonder Woman. Via Entertainment Weekly we have compiled some of the critics reactions for you to check out for yourself below!
Tom Jorgensen of IGN:
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
Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm:
Third act battle that doesn’t devolve into the typical comic book movie blah trap, and is surprisingly ambitious. A lot of the aspects I didn’t like can probably be traced back to decisions Snyder made that were inherited by Wan (casting, chemistry between Heard/Mamoa…etc).
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 26, 2018
Germain Lussier of Gizmodo:
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
Erik Davis of Fandango:
#Aquaman is the most ambitious DC movie to date — a big, sprawling visual spectacle that is gorgeous, crazy, stuffed with terrific action, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in my opinion, is the true star – he elevates the material, makes it entertaining and conquers it. pic.twitter.com/gDFjiAWICA
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) November 26, 2018
Mike Rougeau of Gamespot:
Saw #Aquaman before thanksgiving and had a week to think about it. It's flawed, but fun. Momoa and Patrick Wilson are absolute gems. Most of all, the movie is just flat out insane. I can't believe how big, creative, and crazy it gets. Gotta see it again! pic.twitter.com/m2oRbHVtu9
— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) November 26, 2018
Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com:
There were moments where I felt #Aquaman might be running a little long but it has SO much to unpack in building its own isolated world.
Huge, epic, unique, and stylish action-sequences balance the heavy exposition.
Movie isn't out yet but I want more from Wan, Momoa, & co.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 26, 2018
Ashley Menzel of L.A. Film Critics Society:
#Aquaman is over the top fun! A perfect balance of cheesy humor & action. James Wan shows his skill as a director & puts his mark on DC in a big way. Momoa is perfectly charming & brings Aquaman out of the shadows to stand alongside the greats like #WonderWoman @aquamanmovie pic.twitter.com/ySM7Tn8nkl
— Ashley Menzel (@AshleyGMenzel) November 26, 2018
Andrew J. Salazar of GeeksofColor:
I guess I can react to #Aquaman now. 2nd best DC movie behind WW (no shade this is an a accomplishment) with lots of killer visuals. Lots of stuff I liked and some stuff I was very lukewarm on. The latter could possibly be improved on latter down the series. Most upbeat DC film.
— Andrew J. Salazar (@yokis101) November 26, 2018
Jenna Busch of LegionofLeia:
#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
Eric Eisenberg of Cinemablend:
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
Lots of praise for Wan as well as for Momoa’s portrayal of Arthur Curry. In the next few weeks we are sure to get more reactions as it’s release date gets closer. What are your thoughts on Aquaman’s first reactions? Let us know in the comment section below!
Warner Bros. Aquaman splashes into theaters December 21st with an early showing for Amazon Prime members on December 15th.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly