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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 Trivia: “Deadpool 2” (2018)

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Juggernaut is credited as being played by ‘Himself’.

Juggernaut is actually being played by the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds did the motion capture work and the dialogue. His voice was lower in post production.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Deadpool 2” (2018)

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The two rednecks talking to each other when Cable makes his appearance in Present Day, are actually being played by Matt Damon and Alan Tudyk.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review:  5 Things “Justice League” got right.

So far the films released by the DC cinematic universe are either a hit or miss. Fans either love them or they hate them. Probably the most poignant example so far of the series with an outcome like this was the film “Suicide Squad”. In spite of having the lowest box office income of any of the DC film so far, Justice league has a similar result as far as the fans are concerned. Bear in mind that this is still just an introduction story and so not all things the fans would like to see what happen within this film . In spite of how people felt about it, I personally feel that this film get some things right.

WARNING 

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

1. Character Arcs 

 One thing that Justice league did excellently, were the character arcs presented for the film’s particular storyline. It actually makes enough room in the storytelling for each character to have a short enough development to not make them or the film too dull. From Superman’s resurrection, Batman learning how to work with the team, Wonder Woman make yourself known to the world, Cyborg rediscovering his humanity, the Flash learn to interact with others, and Aquaman becoming less stubborn. Writing like this in the story with multiple heroes is not easy, but this film actually did it pretty well.

2. Further introductions to.the DC Universe.

Justice League, being an introduction story, further expands the DC Universe, bringing more familiar characters. Besides Jeremy Irons’ return as Alfred Pennyworth, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, another familiar face from the Batman mythology is J.K. Simmons’ first appearance as Commissioner Gordon as well as Joe Manganiello making a cameo appearance as Deathstroke.

3. The film’s length.

At just short of 2 hours long, Justice League is the shortest film in the DC Cinematic Universe so far. This creates a swiftness in plot that allows for both the characters and for the action to be entertaining, without being too overbearing. In short, in keeps the film from being boring.

4. No more Aquaman jokes.

Jason Momoa’s first official appearance as Aquaman has given the comic character a much needed revitalization. For years, Aquaman has been the butt of many comic jokes, but it’s not the case anymore. Great introduction to the character, and a good performance from Momoa. This leading into the Aquaman solo film coming soon.

5. Steppenwolf

 In choosing to have a not so well-known comic book villain as the primary villain for this movie. It actually aids in the further character development of this films multiple protagonists. What are the flaws of superhero films in the past is that if they have a villain who is very popular it can overshadow the hero, or even become more popular to a point . Much like Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in the infamous 2008 film “The Dark Knight.” One of the advantages of Steppenwolf as the main villain, is that we’re not interested in his backstory. We’re not interested in his character development, we’re only interested in his motivations and how he goes about them. This allows for a much easier flow of the storytelling.

Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

At long last the DC Cinematic Universe has given us the origin story we’ve all been waiting for. First came “Man of Steel” then the sequel “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” and then the film “Suicide Squad”. It’s fairly obvious, even to non comic book film fans, the DC cinematic universe was going down dark terrain, especially with the previous film release . But Gal Gadot’s introduction as the infamous Wonder Woman in the film Dawn of Justice, certainly shows that there is a brighter origin story to be shown.

 One thing that really works really good for this movie, is Gadot’s acting. One woman is shown as a character with very obvious character flaws. She’s somebody who trusts her own capabilities a bit too much and even going against her own family to take matters into her own hands. She is somebody who is still in the process of learning about herself, and also coincidently learning about the outside world itself. Which is extremely sympathetic to the audience. It also makes her more believable as a character.

Another thing that works for the film is the setting. The World War I era.
Something most people need to remember is that WW1 was a very different environment than WW2. In many ways it was a more chaotic war. Which parallels, not only Wonder Woman’s mission, but her introduction to the outside world from the comfortable home she once knew.

All in all, Wonder Woman is a terrific movie. A great addition to the DC Movies. Great acting, good story. Definitely one of the best superhero movies they’ve made so far.

Final score: 8.5 out of 10

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Crow” (1994)

Towards the second half of the film, you’ll see the undead hero Eric Craven with electrical tape around his arms. This is explained in a deleted scene. After Eric heals Darla of her morphine addiction, it weakened his own healing abilities and left him temporarily vulnerable. The villain Funboy then attacked Eric with a knife. After which, Eric bound the wounds in electrical tape.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Lone Ranger” (2013) and “The Green Hornet” (2011)

John Reid (the Lone Ranger) is the great grandfather of Britt Reid (the Green Hornet).

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