Let James Wan direct a film and I can almost assure you that it will be a successful film, both critically and commercially. James Wan is a great talent and I’m sure most of you did not realize that he is actually born in Malaysia and is now an Australian residing in United States (involving so many countries). He has directed some hit movies such as Saw, The Conjuring films, Furious 7, first two Insidious films, etc. Aquaman is his latest directorial work and he delivered yet again. The film starred Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, etc.
Watching Aquaman is like watching Avatar. The length of the film (quite long; about 2 hour 20 minutes) and the scale of the movie matches that of Avatar. I had a great time and was very engaged through the entire movie (never felt it was long). The plot is fairly straightforward and what mesmerizes me the most are the excellent visual effects (the undersea’s scenes are marvelous), gripping action sequences (some familiar James Wan’s shooting style for the action scenes which is great), and some epic moments (during the battles, emotional dialogue, or even a kiss scene). The production design is awesome too.
DC films are usually associated for being in a darker tone especially when compared to Marvel films. Aquaman stays away from that and goes in a lighter tone instead with colourful and lively graphics. That is good as I’m not really fancy of super fast action scenes with super dark background usually seen in DC films. Most of DC films didn’t do well last time except for only Wonder Woman, and now Aquaman is added in as a great DC film. Out of 10 points, I rate Aquaman a total of 8.3. Truly a highly entertaining, exciting, epic visual and action-packed adventure film of a superhero.
Let James Wan direct the film and it will be well received, critically (gets quite good critics review, and should be better actually) and commercially (looks likely to be the first DC universe film to cross US$1 billion in worldwide box office). Its box office estimate and projection now exceeds than its earlier prediction much higher and that’s good news for DC.
After Golden Globe Awards 2019 had its nomination list released last week, it’s Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) turns for their announcement of nomination list this week. There is not much surprise to Critics Choice’s list as more nominees are included for that one. As for SAG, I’m quite surprised for Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians making it into the five nominees for best cast in a motion picture (highest honor). Bohemian Rhapsody focuses more on effort of acting by a single person (Rami Malek of course as Freddie Mercury, and he also scored best actor nomination as expected) while Crazy Rich Asians is good but not to the level that it could get that nomination though. Critics’ Choice Awards 2019 will be held on January 13, 2019 while Screen Actors Guild Awards 2019 will be held on January 27, 2019.
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