I spent the end of August back in the US. On the plane there, I watched Aquaman (finally). On the way back, I watched SHAZAM!. I'm going to discuss both briefly.
Aquaman had a lot of great visuals, some cool special effects/CGI, and some good action scenes. But the story was full of all the cliches we've been watching for years. In the end, I enjoyed the roller coaster ride the movie took me on, but I never really felt that sympathetic for any of the characters except for Arthur Curry's dad.
SHAZAM!, on the other hand, had some good effects/CGI, but some not so good ones as well. The action scenes were good and a lot of fun to watch, too. And while it had plenty of cliches, but goddamn if I didn't feel connected to Billy Batson and his foster family. Even though the movie has its flaws, I think it's the much stronger piece.
I think I've posted before about my feelings for the DCEU movies. If not, I'll give you a very brief opinion of each of the previous movies. Just my opinions. Feel free to disagree.
Man of Steel: boring, and Superman just didn't feel like Superman. Don't try to make him Batman. It just doesn't work.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: boring for the first half, thrilling to watch in the second half, but the character choices in that part of the movie were just all over the place.
Wonder Woman: finally one that wasn't boring! But despite all the praise it garnered as a "feminist" superhero film, I found it fell prey to too many of the traditional (masculine) tropes/cliches. It was good, but ultimately not such a satisfying film for me.
Justice League: started off well, but then sorta went off the deep end once Superman got resurrected. At least it added more humor than the other movies had.
So there's a steady progression of progress in the DCEU! Oh, is the Suicide Squad part of this? Still haven't seen it. Anyway, from Man of Steel to SHAZAM!, I see progress. So hopefully the movies they put out from now on (is The Flash film still a thing? Will they do a new Green Lantern?) will be at least as good, from a story standpoint, as SHAZAM! was.
I'll stick to the Arrowverse as my DC comics come to life fix, though.
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