DC Comics on Film

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Dr Amicus
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Re: DC Comics on Film

#551 Post by Dr Amicus » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:25 pm

Went to see Aquaman last night, and it's definitely one of the best recent DC films. Knowingly silly at times but moves along at such a pace it's lack of much of a plot doesn't seem to matter. There's nothing quite as good as the No Man's Land sequence from Wonder Woman, but a set piece in Sicily comes close. We saw it in 3D, which is ok during the under water sequences but occasionally terrible onshore. On the whole a lot closer to the MCU films than what Zack Snyder seemed to want to go for, but also owes at least as much to Flash Gordon and epic fantasy.

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Re: DC Comics on Film

#552 Post by ShempTCat » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:53 pm

We are in agreement about Aquaman being one of the best DCEU films, however I liked the Sicily sequence much better than Wonder Woman’s No Man’s Land scene. I also really enjoyed the Trench sequence with the Trench creatures swarming after Aquaman and Mera on the boat and then following them into the ocean.

While, Aquaman didn’t break any sort of new ground in superhero or action films,
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Aquaman taking responsibility for the creation of Black Manta
was a relatively novel touch. As was the film’s conclusion,
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as Ocean Master is being taken away for imprisonment, his older, victorious brother Aquaman opens the lines of communication and tells Ocean Master that when he’s ready the two of them should have a sit-down discussion.
To me it felt strangely optimistic for a superhero film. Traditionally, supervillains in these films are rarely, if ever, given a chance to become good.

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knives
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Re: DC Comics on Film

#553 Post by knives » Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:26 pm

Sounds a bit like what MCU has done with Loki though.

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Re: DC Comics on Film

#554 Post by Mr Sausage » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:25 pm

knives wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:26 pm
Sounds a bit like what MCU has done with Loki though.
He'd always straddled good and bad, hadn't he? Moving back and forth at whim. I think only the first Avengers had him be fully bad from start to finish.

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Re: DC Comics on Film

#555 Post by knives » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:31 pm

That sounds about right. Though that was my introduction to him which might be the cause of viewing him as originally a bad guy without grey.

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Re: DC Comics on Film

#556 Post by Finch » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:20 am

Went to see this only because my husband was keen on it: I liked the cast and to some extent the Sicily sequence but beyond that, I just felt a complete disconnect to what was going on. There is so much CGI that whenever there was a rare sight of a real location it almost felt jarring. This and most other films like it make me feel like, if what I'm looking at resembles a video game for the most part, I'd rather be playing it than looking at it passively. And the dialogue almost makes me weep in frustration at the fact that a script like this nets the writer hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions while scripts with more nuance go for a pittance by comparison. Next time I might just say to my other half, I'm sorry I can't sit through stuff like this anymore, I'll either stay home or go see another film instead (I might just have done it if Beale St had played at the same time!).

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