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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Aquaman” (2018)

With the plethora of superhero films coming to theaters in 2019, it seems rather fitting that the conclusion of 2018 should come at an epic scale. With the release of DC’s “Aquaman” not only has this been a major improvement on the layout of the DC film universe, but it also has a great deal of action, grandeur, and a good example of storytelling that other superhero films might to able to improve themselves upon.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman (2018)

Up until the release of this film, the DC film universe was basically a hit or miss type situation. This is especially the case with films like “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, and “Suicide Squad.” People either really like these movies or they really hated them. But one thing at the DC cinematic universe has actually shown is that the next film tends to make the previous film just a little bit better.

In the case of their version of “Justice League” it out of a certain lightheartedness that the cinematic universe DC was strongly lacking. Initially, the Aquaman film is a little bit more lighter in story than say other introductory movies like “Man of Steel”. The character of Arthur Curry is a very complicated and yet extremely simple protagonist. One of the oldest forms of storytelling to date: a man fighting his destiny. Well this type of story may be one of the most recognizable, it is also quite possibly the most easily understandable. And then having such a sympathetic character the audience is more easily able to relate to him. This is not a person burdened by the glorious purpose of being a god among men like Superman, or someone with borderline sociopathic tendencies like Batman. For the most part Aquaman is simply a man doing what he believes is right. The exploration of such a character in the DC cinematic universe alone helps garner a better audience response that some of the previous films.

Besides the great acting and story line of this film, another thing that date that deeply deserves praise is the use of visual effects. In presenting the underworld the underwater world of Atlantis, there is great beauty mix both in comic book images as well as typical undersea landscaping. The world present an Aquaman is an elegant and yet chaotic world.

Djimon Hounsou, Natalia Safran, and Sophia Forrest in Aquaman (2018)

One thing that audience is me find a little bit intimidating about the movie, is the length of time. It seems like they tried to cram a lot of the mythology in as much as short a time as possible which unless the story is written correctly, can get tedious very fast and resulting in a poor film. But for what it was worth the writers and filmmakers did an excellent job in that including very subtle comic book references that only true fans of Aquaman will notice.

Aquaman (2018)

Overall, this is a terrific that fully delivers.

This film is the reason there will be no more bad jokes about Aquaman.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999)

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Eyes Wide Shut was the final film given to us by one of the cinema’s greatest directors, Stanley Kubrick. The man who gave us films like 2001:A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket. And this particular film focuses on the most mysterious and powerful forces on earth, love. Not the lighter side as you would see in a Romance film, but rather the darker side of love. And the dangers of temptation and infidelity. Of the physical act of sex as something to use people with and not the meaningful act of love as it should be.

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In the film, Cruise plays Bill. A doctor who over the course of the movie discovers his wife (Kidman) thought about cheating on him previously. Thus begins his obsession to cheat on his wife, and satisfy whatever perverse thoughts he has on the subject. Why he decides to this specifically is never really the focused in the movie, but perhaps the symbolism may have an answer. Along the way various form of temptation find their way to Bill, eventually finding a sort cult that, shall we say, enjoy the pleasures which Bill is seeking. This soon leads to an emotional downward spiral which Bill feels is closing in on him.

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The film is riddled in metaphor and symbolism from the get-go. It shows how society itself has a tendency to create indifference between love and lust and how sex for pleasure is purely chaotic. It more importantly show how dependant love and true emotional intimacy requires honesty and loyalty, and sacrifice. This in many ways, make the film’s message way more potent that one would get in a stereotypical romance movie. It reminds us falling in love or lust is easy, but it’s the lasting relationships that require hard work to keep our temptations and instincts to succumb to the carnal pleasures of infidelity in check.
It explores what is needed for true intimacy to be experienced, but this time, with Eyes Wide Open.

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A disturbingly beautiful movie.
Score: 5.5/10

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Cast

Tom Cruise as Dr. William “Bill” Harford
Nicole Kidman as Alice Harford
Sydney Pollack as Victor Ziegler
Marie Richardson as Marion Nathanson
Todd Field as Nick Nightingale
Sky du Mont as Sandor Szavost
Rade Šerbedžija as Mr. Milich