‘Aquaman’ Rules!

Okay, before I get to this review let me give you a quick rundown of my history with Aquaman. Before last night I knew next to nothing about Aquaman other than he’s a blond-haired, orange and green suit wearing superhero who can talk to fish. Yeah, I saw Justice League and while Jason Momoa’s refreshing take on the character was nice to see the movie didn’t give him any justice (no pun intended) and so I still felt like I didn’t know who Aquaman was. So imagine my surprise after watching Aquaman last night. It was basically a super epic crash course on Aquaman’s character and I. Was. Blown. Away! So, on that note, let me get to this review.

Before last night I was truly skeptical about the film’s chances of being good. I had heard the positive reviews but until I watched it I felt that there was no way the movie could be that good. Um…it is!

It is, by far, the best DCEU movie made so far. Wonder Woman may have held the top spot for greatest DCEU film but Aquaman is better than Wonder Woman by a mile. The story is easy to follow, the characters were awesome, and the action, oh my gosh the action was epic.

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‘Bumblebee’ Is a Perfect Family Movie

When I first heard that there was going to be a Bumblebee spinoff movie set in the 80s’ I wasn’t thrilled of the idea. The last Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, was pretty atrocious. So atrocious in fact that I can’t even watch the movie even though I have tried to enjoy it because I loved Age of Extinction so much. So, after how terrible The Last Knight was, I definitely wasn’t ready to see a Transformers movie anytime soon but after hearing that Bumblebee was actually considered a legitimate success I was super excited to see this Transformers spinoff. And it truly deserves all the praise it can get.

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Up until Bumblebee, the Transformers franchise has valued explosions and action over substance and at the end of the day, people want to come away from a film feeling that they’ve watched a good movie rather than two-plus hours of destructive hodgepodge that’ll look cool in IMAX. (I happen to be a fan of awesome eye-popping action but that’s just me.) Bumblebee detracted from that model, however, and focused highly on telling a solid story that came from the heart.

Learning Bumblebee’s origin story was kind of amazing and I enjoyed nearly every second of the film. His relationship with Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) was beautiful and very well-written. The movie took its time to set up event after event and nothing happened that wasn’t expected. The story was easily predictable but in a good way.

I found myself trying to hold back tears on a number of occasions and by the end of the movie I suddenly felt even more interested in Bumblebee. Now I want to watch Age of Extinction for no particular reason other than to see Bumblebee because now I feel I know his character even more and I love it.

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