News

Aquaman Social Reactions: Absolutely Bonkers and A Lot of Fun

Social media reactions say James Wan's entry in the DCEU is gleefully over-the-top with gorgeous visuals and a charismatic lead in Jason Momoa.

by | November 26, 2018 | Comments

Just when you thought that the DC Extended Universe was sunk, that not even Wonder Woman could save it, here comes Aquaman. With Jason Momoa reprising his role as the Atlantean superhero, James Wan’s partly underwater adventure is a blast, according to the first wave of critical reactions flooding social media. It’s apparently nuts in a good way, with spectacular visuals, and you’re going to want to see it in theaters.

Here’s what the critics are saying:


So Aquaman is good?

Aquaman is a buckwild movie… it’s completely unafraid to just go for it.
Meg Downey, CBR

It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable.
Germain Lussier, io9


Wait, those are good things?

It’s so inherently bonkers that you’d have to be an utter killjoy to not get caught up in it.
– Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies

James Wan has made an unapologetically bold superhero flick, mixing adventure and fantasy elements with stunning visual effects.
– Carly Lane, SyFy Wire

It’s a good adventure movie that acknowledges exactly what it is from the start, which is a meal made almost entirely of ham.
– Spencer Perry, ComingSoon.net


Warner Bros.
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

So it’s fun, then?

Goofy in spots, but it’s rollicking fun.
Sean O’Connell, CinemaBlend

It’s at its best when it’s having fun and not taking itself too seriously.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Ambitious, campy and so much fun.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment


How does it look?

Aquaman is… breathtakingly beautiful.
– Andrew Dyce, ScreenRant

James Wan and company put a lot of care into designing this corner of the DCEU. Atlantis looks gorgeous.
Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek

It is a relentless visual spectacle that knows what it is and doesn’t hold back.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment


Where does it rank among DC movies?

Aquaman is the best DC movie since The Dark Knight.
Tom Jorgensen, IGN Movies

2nd best DCU movie. YEEEAAHH!
Germain Lussier, io9

It’s definitely one of the best DC Universe movies thus far.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color


Warner Bros.
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

What does this film do for the DCEU?

It’s another step in the right direction for the DCEU and shows how different/distinct the tones of these movies can be while still existing together.
Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek

A great step for the DCEU.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

WB should be handing the DCEU reins to James Wan, he’s proven he can, ahem, right the ship.
Tom Jorgensen, IGN Movies


How is Jason Momoa?

It [has] a great hero arc/performance from Jason Momoa.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

[Has] a terrific lead in Jason Momoa (who’s clearly having the time of his life).
– Carly Lane, SyFy Wire


And his chemistry with Amber Heard?

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard are fantastic together, both bringing a ton of humor.
– Jimmy O, JoBlo’s Movie Emporium

Amber Heard and Jason Momoa are great together. They bounce off each other with such ease.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment


Warner Bros.
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

Does it have a villain problem?

Black Manta is great villain that comic book fans will love.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Black Manta was a dope villain and his suit looked incredible. I just wish he got a bit more love.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color


Describe the movie in a nutshell.

Feels like a Marvel phase one movie, in a good way.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Imagine ’80s Schwarzenegger starring in “Hideo Kojima’s Avatar” and you’re most of the way there.
Andrew Dyce, ScreenRant

Aquaman is like an 80s cartoon, with all of the fun and the problems that come with that.
Spencer Perry, ComingSoon.net


Did it surprise you?

Aquaman is better than expected.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Against all odds, I really dug Aquaman, which offers thrills chills and a whole lotta adventure for the whole family!” .
Scott Wampler, Birth.Movies.Death.

It was exactly what I was hoping for and I can’t wait to see it again!
Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia


Warner Bros.
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

Does it get better as it goes?

Second half’s one cheer/laugh after another.
Andrew Dyce, ScreenRant

Third act battle that doesn’t devolve into the typical comic book movie blah trap, and is surprisingly ambitious.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm


Are there no complaints?

Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone.
Germain Lussier, io9

A lot of the aspects I didn’t like can probably be traced back to decisions Snyder made that were inherited by Wan.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

It’s flawed, but fun.
Mike Rougeau, GameSpot


Seriously, though, it’s good?

It’s one terrific adventure.
Jimmy O, JoBlo’s Movie Emporium

An absolute blast.
Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia


Aquaman opens everywhere on December 21.

#1

Aquaman (2018)
65%

#1
Adjusted Score: 82.491%
Critics Consensus: Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.
Synopsis: From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

Tag Cloud

tv talk aliens versus Comic Book PaleyFest movie Fox News game show science fiction Amazon Prime Video documentaries justice league Animation joker Marvel Studios History Arrowverse Emmy Nominations cars batman criterion MCU series Rock RT History teaser Podcast Television Critics Association Chernobyl Tubi Writers Guild of America war Shudder Teen GIFs Nickelodeon Reality Competition dc Lucasfilm Apple BAFTA Black History Month Year in Review comiccon Black Mirror OWN Superheroes 4/20 Endgame OneApp IFC Films award winner singing competition romance The Purge Showtime USA Network psychological thriller Sneak Peek Shondaland BBC One Amazon Studios APB SundanceTV films social media TCA Winter 2020 Anna Paquin directors YA sequels hollywood TV renewals streaming Walt Disney Pictures Spectrum Originals laika Box Office christmas movies Awards Biopics chucky Cannes stop motion child's play Hulu Hallmark Christmas movies Amazon Prime miniseries documentary sag awards Superheroe festivals The Walking Dead Comedy die hard romantic comedy elevated horror The Witch Comedy Central American Society of Cinematographers Esquire finale binge DirecTV hispanic nbcuniversal spanish language Horror Lifetime Christmas movies supernatural Mary poppins Mudbound Red Carpet Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt discovery First Reviews CW Seed Columbia Pictures DGA adaptation Kids & Family TCA Hear Us Out jamie lee curtis TNT Stephen King Quiz Film Turner Fantasy indiana jones crime drama Apple TV Plus spy thriller Rom-Com 72 Emmy Awards Fall TV Pride Month boxoffice Women's History Month dark classics stoner Trophy Talk TV Land cats Freeform twilight VOD The CW ITV adventure Netflix universal monsters indie BBC Disney Channel quibi rotten movies we love Oscars USA richard e. Grant scary movies diversity breaking bad Awards Tour Rocketman Sci-Fi mockumentary Winter TV cancelled TV series free movies Song of Ice and Fire Universal biography Extras NBC Paramount Film Festival hist Mary Tyler Moore nature Winners 007 medical drama Disney streaming service TV Tarantino Classic Film Western Baby Yoda TCA Awards a nightmare on elm street Bravo Rocky Marvel Summer green book true crime 24 frames best political drama New York Comic Con Pixar Christmas kids harry potter reviews Emmys 2018 spider-man LGBT talk show Video Games cinemax VICE worst 2019 Hallmark Pirates 71st Emmy Awards Thanksgiving spain Ellie Kemper revenge sitcom Spike toy story natural history rotten Creative Arts Emmys CMT Elton John NYCC based on movie parents all-time Sundance Now Mindy Kaling Countdown comedies X-Men Reality Premiere Dates Britbox south america ABC latino PlayStation Amazon crossover ESPN renewed TV shows technology golden globes GoT HBO IFC space YouTube MTV HBO Go politics Tumblr Avengers Paramount Network robots Lionsgate RT21 DC streaming service Country Musicals A24 HBO Max Binge Guide Adult Swim halloween Infographic Sony Pictures Marathons Brie Larson FXX Travel Channel Starz cartoon comic Drama blaxploitation serial killer 21st Century Fox Pet Sematary TruTV Best and Worst television canceled ABC Family YouTube Red See It Skip It cancelled Calendar Grammys Pop TV name the review BET Awards Television Academy Warner Bros. WGN police drama Heroines President Holiday Pop doctor who E! mission: impossible Food Network docudrama Turner Classic Movies DC Universe 2016 strong female leads spinoff Crunchyroll screenings dceu ratings psycho Trailer 2020 canceled TV shows blockbuster Star Wars Holidays what to watch Spring TV Acorn TV SXSW Mystery SDCC Epix YouTube Premium Mary Poppins Returns concert PBS BBC America obituary AMC movies anime Family VH1 historical drama mutant travel Star Trek Set visit DC Comics Certified Fresh Toys franchise Sundance TV Cartoon Network CNN Netflix Christmas movies crime video Music ghosts Funimation Nat Geo werewolf casting Tomatazos crime thriller Syfy cooking Apple TV+ National Geographic TCA 2017 A&E Valentine's Day 20th Century Fox reboot witnail MSNBC news cancelled TV shows CBS All Access Martial Arts thriller animated zombie Vudu Logo TBS independent Ghostbusters cops Election E3 unscripted Cosplay Polls and Games Dark Horse Comics Sundance WarnerMedia dogs asian-american 2017 FX zombies Peacock children's TV Trivia Schedule slashers disaster emmy awards satire period drama Opinion Masterpiece GLAAD Disney FOX superhero Chilling Adventures of Sabrina zero dark thirty dragons sports BET video on demand Crackle Super Bowl Academy Awards LGBTQ Disney+ Disney Plus Discovery Channel dramedy Captain marvel game of thrones TCM Interview San Diego Comic-Con critics screen actors guild stand-up comedy The Arrangement Disney Plus transformers El Rey vampires 2015 comics Lifetime sequel Ovation Marvel Television First Look Action Nominations book cults TLC Watching Series facebook anthology cancelled television TIFF Comics on TV fast and furious composers 45 Character Guide theme song CBS foreign Musical FX on Hulu Photos