A walk down memory lane for a film that doesn’t exist, focused on the misdeeds of a man that no one knows. I’m sure there’s deep meaning here for those involved but there’s nothing to be learned from any of it.
Cliched plot? Yes. Occasionally laughable dialogue? Absolutely. Overly long run-time? Of course. Despite all those flaws I was impressed and occasionally stunned by what James Wan and team have put on screen. There are visuals in Aquaman that are absolutely the closest any film has ever come to capturing the true essence of a comic book and this is as close to perfect use of 3D as I’ve seen in several years. Every dollar spent has been put…
Absolutely hypnotic masterwork. Perfectly encapsulate what filmmaking as a storytelling medium could be expected to accomplish. It’s first and foremost an exercise in technical wizardry showcasing stunning set design, costume design, direction, scoring and cinematography. Hidden below the gorgeous facade though is still a well executed dialogue about self-worth, self importance and self-fulfillment.
Including a rare-for-Marvel memorable "villain" turn by Michael Keaton and strong supporting work by Zendaya, Laura Harrier and Jacob Batalon, Spider-Man: Homecoming rightfully skips over the origin story we've all seen before and instead focuses on the confusing responsibility that comes with being the youngest possible member of the Avengers. Tom Holland is so good as Spider-Man that you'd be hard pressed to remember anyone else that played the character prior (sorry Tobey).