Swanner: Aquaman follows the origin story of Arthur Curry. A man who’s father was a humble lighthouse keeper and his mother, Atlanna, the queen of Atlantis. He is raised as a human child, but he can live in both worlds. When King Orm decides to unite all the kingdoms of the sea to take on the land people in a war that will destroy all life for both, Aquaman needs to intercept and take his place as king of the seas.
Judd: Directed by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Orphan, Red Riding Hood) and Will Beal (Gangster Squad), Aquaman is DC’s next lumbering step toward a Justice League movie, with the hope to rival Marvel’s Avengers. However, like most of the DC movies so far, Warner Bros hasn’t found a winning formula. While Aquaman suffers too many forgettable villains and trials of strength, the audience suffers at the hands of its B-Movie screenwriters, with a horrible script so clichéd that the audience knows exactly what the characters are going to say before they say it.
Swanner: First off, they have already made a Justice League movie. You may have even seen it, but that goes to what you’ve been saying, these films are very forgettable. Wonder Woman was better than most of these films, but if the studio doesn’t figure out how to make these films work, they’ll just be spending money to disappoint. The script was the problem with the film, and when you have an A+ director like Wan that doesn’t say, “This script sucks!” the problem continues.
Judd: Oops, how could I forget the Zach Snyder blockbuster Justice League that everyone loved so much and couldn’t stop talking about? How Beal and Johnson-McGoldrick were even chosen to write this thing is a mystery. Orphan was a schlock-fest and Gangster Squad tanked. I wonder if the whole DC Franchise thing is a “The Producers” like scam to get a Warner Bros a tax break?
Swanner: What does work is Jason Momoa. He has become Aquaman, and he wears it well. The rest of the cast is fine, but when you have quality actors spouting terrible dialogue, even Oscar winner Nicole Kidman looks like she can’t believe what they have her saying. The ending was pretty silly, but not unexpected. I know I say this after just about every DC movie… Let’s hope the next one is better.
Swanner: 1 ½ star
Judd: 1 ½ star