The first Aquaman reviews are officially in and they are overwhelmingly positive. Not only did critics love Jason Momoa’s portrayal of the underwater hero, but they also thought director James Wan absolutely nailed it.
More than one critic called Aquaman DC’s best movie since Wonder Woman. This includes Tom Jorgensen of IGN, who praised Wan’s directing and said Warner Bros. should give him the reigns for future films.
On Twitter, director Ben Mekler wrote that Wan successfully created an underwater Star Wars adventure. Mekler added that Aquaman “everything DC fans have been hoping for and more.”
James Wan's #Aquaman – starring Jason Momoa – is going up against Disney's #MaryPoppinsReturns and 'Transformers' spinoff #Bumblebee over the Dec. 21-23 weekend, and it should easily top the chart for the three days https://t.co/Dc9F8ZKEX8
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 29, 2018
According to Entertainment Weekly, Germain Lussier of Gizmodo called the film a “wild ride.” Lussier went on to describe the superhero flick as an ambitious project that delivered on multiple levels.
“It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable,” Lussier added.
Although the movie received a lot of praise, a few critics noted that some parts of it fell a little short. The critics did not go into too many specifics, but it sounds like only a few scenes were not up to par with the rest of the film.
Peter Sciretta, an editor at Slashfilm, blamed former director Zach Snyder for the movie’s faults. Snyder, who received credit for his work on the movie, was heavily involved in the early casting decisions.
I never thought I’d say this, but…
AQUAMAN was awesome. pic.twitter.com/LTy7vggFKV
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) November 30, 2018
The positive reviews come as a bit of a surprise given previous DC offerings. In fact, based on the early reviews, it sounds like Aquaman is a breath of fresh air for the DCEU. Whether or not that means Wan gets the green light for future projects, of course, is yet to be seen.
The early reviews were released in a wave on social media. The film stars Jason Momoa as the eponymous hero, as well as Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Dolph Lundgren.
Aquaman is scheduled to open in theaters on Dec. 21.