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12 Monkeys (1995)⠀
Director: Terry Gilliam⠀
There’s something about films that are set in a dystopian future just never fail to amuse me. 12 Monkeys is no exception. Its got that classic use of time travel to alter the past to save the future vibe going on and a love story developing throughout (come to think about it…this movie felt almost too similar to the Terminator 🤔).⠀
Although it felt like Brad Pitt was really only in the movie for 10 minutes, he made every moment of screen time count. To steal the spotlight from the main character alone is no easy feat, but to take it away from Bruce Willis is simply insane. This just goes to show the calibre of talent the man has .⠀
And let's face it, that mental institute scene was probably a top two Brad Pitt scene behind Gorlami. - MC
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Stand out: Jason Momoa
Easily the craziest entry in the DCEU, Aquaman is a confusing muddle with a convoluted plot, and is so completely insane you can't help but have some fun while watching it.
Set after the events of Justice League, Aquaman's basically about Arthur Curry being forced to look for a lost trident so he can be the rightful king of Atlantis and overthrow his brother who wants to start a war with the humans.
DC has now given itself the same problem that a lot of the solo Marvel movies have. It's in a universe where other heroes exist and yet the others don't show up when things go wrong. Some characters you can forgive for not showing up to help because they wouldn't be able to get there, but I see no reason why Superman wouldn't have flew over to see what the problem was, especially when all the rubbish from the ocean is dropped on land.
Aquaman is basically King Arthur and this is a retelling of the sword in the stone. He and Mera go on a quest to find the missing trident that will prove Arthur is the rightful king. On the mission there is evidence that they're not the first to look for the trident. However this doesn't make sense. There are some parts of their journey that looks like it can only be done once unless someone takes the time to rest everything, which is unlikely. Also the scavenger hunt feels completely different to everything that happens in the beginning of the movie.
Director James Wan is masterful with the camera. There are two well choreographed and well shot action scenes that are just a delight to see. If James Wan was given more leeway maybe the whole movie could have been shot that well.
Jason Momoa is charming in the title roll. He brings comedy and light-heartedness to the overly dark and dreary DC universe. He, Gal Gadot and Zachary Levi are stopping the DCEU from becoming a disappointing mess.
It's impossible to take Aquaman seriously as everything that happens is completely insane, but it paved the way for DC making a genuinely funny movie in Shazam.