So you’ll notice that this review is coming out 1 week before the official release of the movie. Does that mean I’ve finally been recognized as a worthy critic and am invited to advance screenings? Yeahhhhh… no. It simply means that they had an event for all Amazon Prime members and since my wife is one I was able to go see the movie one week before its official release. So anyway, here’s my review.
I was stoked to see this movie because (a) I like comic book superhero movies and (2) all the pre-pre-screening results were so positive (but yet I noted that RottenTomatoes only has it at a 70% which I guess isn’t bad for this genre). I am happy to say that this movie met my expectations and I give it a solid 4 Icees (although my wife was pushing strongly for 4.5). All in all, this movie rocks. There seems to be some inconsistencies and the CGI, while really good, was just too extensive. And trust me, there is a LOT of it in this movie. I don’t mind the underwater cinematography (Atlantis is gorgeous), but since so much of the movie takes place underwater I think the CGI was just on overload.
So with all that, what is good about the movie? Why did it get 4 Icees? Well, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see it again next weekend when it is officially released. The action is fantastic, the fight scenes well-choreographed, the beauty of the underwater scenery is amazing and the acting is really good. There is also a good amount (not too little, not too much) of solid humor that had the audience literally laughing out loud. It’s not a comedy, but it is light-hearted, which signals DC’s firm departure of the darker tone of some of their most recent films (which I was ok with).
Jason Mamoa carries the film with his charisma and snarky ways. Amber Heard is awesome in her own right as Mera (who has some tricks up her sleeves as well). Nicole Kidman (who claims to have never had plastic surgery, but it just looked painful every time she spoke), William Defoe and Patrick Wilson do a fine job in their supporting roles as well. Heck, even Dolph Lungren (isn’t he like 100 years old or something?) and newcomer Yahya Abdul-Mateen II perform well in their roles.
Hopefully for the sequel they don’t have to rely so much on the CGI and the actors shine more. How do I know there’s going to be a sequel? Heck, it has already been reported that simply based on initial audience reactions that they are working on the script!
There is a scene partway through the credits, but nothing afterwards.