This movie was fun, with interesting visuals and was a nice change from the sepia/dark tone of the other DC Films. However, it could've been so much more! Better writers are needed for these DC Films. Let's stop applauding medicority, none of the current DCEU films have been incredible, they can be so much better! I enjoyed it. I always vouched for Aquaman calling him a badass while loads of my friends kept saying "he's the guy who talks to fish right?" Well Aquaman was a badass in this film. Visually it's stunning and I love the character designs.
However, there are many things that bring this film down. Momoa plays Aquaman as a real dude bro which is fun for a while but really doesn't make him an interesting character. Him and Amber Heard (Mera) have little to no chemistry on screen.
Orm/ Oceanmaster could have been better. Patrick Wilson's line delivery when screaming to the crowd was hilariously terrible/cringey. "AT-LAAAAN-TIIIS!" He was interesting but his actions didn't really make sense. He returned the rubbish back to the surface world along with battle ships. And his plan was to unite Atlantis' armies by killing it's other rulers. Why not sent those same tidal waves crashing onto the surface. They would be more than enough. Or simply go to the surface world (in a highly armed ship surrounded by heavily armoured guards) and explain to Earth that Atlanteans exist, stop destroying the oceans or they will destroy the surface world.
He then sent more Atlanteans to deal with Arthur and Mera and he gives the most powerful weapon to Black Manta, a human for some reason. Someone weaker than the average Atlantean. Why not give an Atlantean minion the energy blaster instead? Black Manta's a popular DC villain but I would've preferred him being the focus in maybe the next film or in a supervillain team up in a later film rather than just being an afterthought in this film.
Also why did the Atlanteans openly accept Arthur as their king? Yes Orm killed multiple kings to gain control of their armies but Arthur raised a ferocious mythical monster and killed many Atlanteans (his own people). That is the text book definition of what a villain would do.
The action scenes were incredible, showcasing the unique way Atlanteans use their abilities. The soundtrack was quite disappointing. None of it seemed to suit the film and there was a horrific cover of Africa by Toto playing when they were in the desert.
A lot of the jokes didn't land. "Something.. something trident..." just wasn't executed well.
This movie was fun, with interesting visuals and was a nice change from the sepia/dark tone of the other DC Films. However, it could've been so much more! Better writers are needed for these DC Films. I know they can do it!