Aquaman is a bit like the Guardians of the Galaxy of the DC Universe, in that when it was announced I was like, “Whut? Why would they do that?” but then after I watched it I was pretty impressed. No raccoons in this though, in case you were wondering.
Admittedly the DC Universe films have a pretty low bar to hit to be comparatively good, but this is definitely one of the better releases. Not quite as good as Wonder Woman in my opinion, but a pretty close second.
Design was stellar, loved the look of all the underwater stuff, and it definitely leaned into over-the-top nature of Aquaman. Also James Wan killed it behind the camera (there’s some really, really great shots in here) though his go-to move for fight photography seems to be to just spin the camera in a circle around the two guys fighting. It’s a 3.5 star movie that gets elevated to 4 because the design and director. IMHO.