What I Liked: Atlantis looks cool. Amber Heard is easy on the eyes. The battle in the end - aside from a ridiculous pause in the action for a predictably romantic moment - looks amazing.
What I Didn't Like: Weird moments of exposition. Instead of showing the audience what's happening/has happened, the characters in this movie often feel the need to stop whatever they're doing and explain things. The only part of this movie where the action flows seamlessly is when Aquaman and Black Manta have their big showdown halfway through.
The part in the beginning about Aquaman's parents could have been removed entirely. It adds absolutely nothing to the story, and starting the movie from the adult Aquaman's first appearance would have made a lot more sense.
This movie gets dumber as it goes along. By the end I was laughing at certain scenes and bits of dialogue, and I wasn't the only one. And before someone chimes in with "at least it doesn't take itself so seriously," let's remember there's a difference between laughing WITH a movie and laughing AT a movie.
The small ray of hope being that it's not as terrible as Justice League. Not that this is saying much.
Future/Sequels: Shazam!, also set in the DCEU, will be out in a few months. After that it's a long wait until Wonder Woman 1984. Aquaman 2? It's kind of early to tell, but the movie's been doing well in China, and those wanting a completely brainless superhero romp will be all over this one.
What I Liked: After a really clunky beginning there are some great action sequences. Everything after Venom shows up is much better than the 15 minutes that try (and fail) to set up the story. The fight between Venom and Riot near the end is very good.
What I Didn't Like: That beginning part. It feels like they weren't sure what kind of movie they were making. Horror? Action? Science fiction? Going more for the "body horror" elements would have improved the film, and the spaceship/alien invasion subplot could have been dispensed with altogether.
As clunky as the beginning is, the dialogue throughout the movie is by far the worst part. None of the actors seem at ease with what they're saying, and a couple of lines are unintentionally hilarious.
Future/Sequels: There are plans for a sequel with Woody Harrelson's Carnage in a bigger role. I think that after setting up the general premise, a sequel is bound to be better. Harrelson would also make a great villain. Last I heard, Sony's next comic-based movie will be Morbius the Living Vampire, with Jared Leto as Morbius. There may be some crossover between Venom and Morbius.
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