DC's Aquaman Movie: Critics' First Reactions Released

The critics have plenty to tweet about.

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The first reactions to Aquaman are in! This is the first DC movie since the much-maligned Justice League a year ago, so hopes are high that DC can deliver an aquatic crowd-pleaser. The movie's release date is set for December, and although proper reviews won't appear until closer to then, critics have had plenty of say about the film on Twitter.

Given the criticism levelled at many recent DC movies, which also include Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, some critics seemed to have gone into Aquaman with lower expectations than they might for a Marvel movie. And for the most part, they were pleased with the end result, citing the scale, vfx, the cast, and its humorous tone among the positive aspects. Gizmodo's Germaine Lussier described it as a "big, fun, wild ride," while Den of Geek's Mike Cecchini said it "leans hard into its '80s fantasy/adventure movie vibe."

Aquaman's cast came in for praise, in particular star Jason Momoa. Joblo editor-in-chief Paul Shirey stated that Momoa "makes the character his own," while We Live Entertainment's Ashley Menzel said he "brings Aquaman out of the shadows to stand alongside the greats like Wonder Woman."

Director James Wan was also singled out. Wan is best known for Furious 7 and horror movies such as The Conjuring and the original Saw. However, Aquaman is by far his biggest movie to date and most critics agreed that he handled the challenge well. Fandango's Erik Davis described Wan as the movie's "true star," with IGN's Tom Jorgenson's stating that Warner should hand "the DCEU reins" to the director.

But while Aquaman hasn't received any outright negative reports so far, some critics were more measured in their response. Slashfilm's editor Peter Sciretta said it was "better than expected," and that it "feels like a Marvel phase one movie, in a good way." The comparison to early Marvel was mirrored by writer Nicholas Whitcomb, who described it as an "MCU phase one film through and through, on the level of Thor." GameSpot's Michael Rougeau said the movie was "flawed, but fun," but admired how "big, creative, and crazy it gets."

Aquaman hits theaters on December 21.

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