The DC live-action universe has already had its fair amount of peaks and valleys, as Warner Bros. attempted to create its own massive franchise to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But while there's plenty of fan interest and money to be made, DC has only had one critical success in its first few years of filmmaking: Wonder Woman. James Wan's Aquaman is the next blockbuster to hit theaters, with fans hoping it would be the shared universe's second critical darling.
Reviews for Aquaman have just arrived, teasing what to expect when the aquatic blockbuster arrives in theaters. CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell gave the movie a favorable 3.5 stars, praising James Wan's direction as the reason for the movie's quality. As he tells it,
James Wan was tasked with created Atlantis, after the DC setting briefly appeared in a sequence in Justice League. Wan made the world his own, changing the rules and crafting a truly colorful underwater world teased in the trailer. IGN's Jim Vejvoda praised the world building of the movie, with:
Of course, it wasn't all blind praise thrown at Aquaman. The movie's does have faults, with some outlets finding them more crippling than others. Specifically, the dialogue has been criticized for being clunky and sometimes downright cheesy. Indiewire's review took special umbrage with the screenplay, comparing to Marvel movies with:
Indeed, Aquaman has been getting some praise for its bravery and ability to cram tons of crazy concepts into one blockbuster. Screenrant's Matt Singer enjoyed how ambitious James Wan's DC movie was, saying:
You can judge for yourself when Aquaman arrives in theaters on December 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
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