The stand-alone feature for DC’s Aquaman has achieved impressive box-office and has won over many fans of the classic comic-book character. Momoa’s (Game of Thrones) portrayal has earned the film much of its praise, but most have noted director James Wan’s vibrant and imaginative take on the source material. The director of such hits as The Conjuring, Insidious and Furious 7 seems to have done a terrific job helming the project, bringing to it much of the fun that DC’s recent output has been severely lacking.
Fans were skeptic after 2017’s Justice League, which was a complete critical failure. It was obvious that the the final film had been butchered in the editing suite, and any remnants of quality spliced out with abandon. However, most noted that the most satisfying element of the production was in fact Momoa’s Aquaman. Initially nervous, audiences went in with mixed expectations, but it looks like bringing Wan on-board really paid off for the studio. Despite a metascore of 55 - still a decent average considering - the film currently boasts an IMDb audience score of 7.6.
While it is clear from this figure that majority audiences found a lot to like in this tale of Arthur Curry’s quest to save Atlantis, there was inevitably going to be some who disliked it. As more people have began to criticise the film, devoted fans have been defending the film on social media, slamming anyone who takes issue with Wan’s work. As an esteemed and respectful filmmaker, Wan isn’t quite so happy with the idea.
Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa and James Wan discuss 'Aquaman' with the Build Series at Build Studio on December 03, 2018 in New York City.
He recently voiced on Twitter: “It has come to my attention that some folks are getting harassed by some fans for not liking AQM. Please don’t do that. Not the kind of support I want. Be respectful. Vice versa, it’s ok to not like my film, but there’s no need to attack me personally, or tag me on hates. Peace”
It’s great that Wan has taken to social media to discourage fans of the film from lashing out at its detractors. Cinema is always destined to endure a mixed reception, and opinions should be respected. Hopefully audiences can put their differences aside and recognise that - while not a total success - Aquaman is a step in the right direction for the DC Cinematic Universe.
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