BlairCo wrote: ↑
December 13th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Seems like we're gonna be on opposite sides of the fence here, m4. Spider-Verse
felt like it was written by a 15 year old teenager who attended 2 weeks of scriptwriting classes. I haven't seen Aquaman
yet, but to me, it's visuals for Atlantis look far cooler than anything in Spider-Verse
where the visuals started to get on my nerves by the beginning of the third act.
Visuals in Aquaman have no function, purpose. Everything is just thrown together because it looks ‘cool’ or because it looked cooler in Avatar, Blade Runner, A.I., Minority Report etc. The CGI overuse kills even the on-location shots because the backdrops had to be manipulated as well, for some reason.
Visuals in Spider-verse, on the other hand, tell a story. And said story is both approachable for the kids (as any decent comic should be), and heartfelt, intriguing, for the adults. In Spider-verse, you know the beats, but still feel like they’re perfectly clicking into narrative joints, Miles’ arc feels earned (and culminates in one of my all time favorites this year), whereas in Aquaman it’s a matter of such cliche writing that I had to facepalm couple of times, and most definitely cringe throughout, just to survive the length.
Example A (no spoilers): Opening of the movie, little Arthur is born. On TV, hurricane ‘Arthur’ is ragging, says the host. Then, the father says to Atlana: Maybe we should call him Arthur? Atlana: Because of the hurricane?
Everything is telegraphed miles ahead, cheesy as hell. Not to mention how Arthur and Mera have no chemistry. And they’re supposed to be our Michael Douglas
and Kathleen Turner
. Not sure I smiled at one interaction... one, bloody, interaction. You know what changed in Arthur from start to finish? The armor and the trident. That’s about it. He starts as a douche, ends up as a douche, the end. We wanted to leave the theatre to talk about Spidey and I was naturally embarrased because I don’t do that shit, I stay till the end, but this was hard... and I was a bit tired from the whole day, ended up closing my eyes for couple of seconds... only to open them during the obnoxious final fight that felt like Minas Tirith... but on crack, class-less.
What these movies are doing to the brand is despicable, in my opinion. Because the only thing I’m thinking about upon leaving theatre is how I just wanna grab something from Marvel and read it asap. I don’t want to read the fantastic Geoff Johns
or Dan Abnett
Aquaman run. Because they just conpletely killed the character in front of my eyes mere hours ago and it’s destroying the brand in my eyes... it’s terrible and I don’t see the end of it for DC.