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I have seen some truly poor movies in my lifetime, but "Aquaman" doesn't deserve to be in that category. That's because I don't consider it a movie as to do so would be an insult to truly poor movies.
The special effects are so poor that this could pass for a cartoon. Plus, I'm all for stretching the laws of physics in science fiction, but human bodies (even if they can breathe underwater) don't fly backward into walls with such force as to break the wall.
I felt like I was watching an underwater equivalent of the "Thor" trilogy crammed into about 2-1/2 hours. The humor was more than flat - it was dead. Worst of all, this whole film was predictable. I say it a lot that I've seen this story under different titles. That's due to the dearth of imagination in corporate Hollywood.
The kiddies will be impressed. Their mommies and daddies will approve of the non-sexual nature of the relationship between the two main characters.
It can almost be said that there's too much story to tell and the writers had no idea of how to tell it - a DC movie trademark.
Miss this title at all cost.
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Not my kind of film noir
To me, every film has a role to fill according to its genre. This one flirts with film noir (mediocrily) and ill-placed comedy (passably). I certainly don't fault the actors, but I do fault Howard Hughes for his interference. I can see why people rate this film higher than I did. But I think they overlook the weaknesses for the sake of nostalgia and out of respect for the people involved. That's their right as reviewers. I see my right as evaluating an entire movie on how the scales read after considering the level of satisfaction without regard for loyalty.
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
Every which way but good
There exists a diamond in the rough here but it ends up just the same. Too much comedy to be dark and too dark to be comedy, this film spent too much time fleshing out characters to tell an interesting story. With all the name actors involved, it wouldn't surprise me if there was so much influence exerted by Douglas, Fonda, Cronyn, Hale, Oates and others that it undermined the production. It could have been a compelling work, but it all went to pieces in the last twenty minutes or so. My impression was this seemed like a "let's-get-together-and-have-fun-making-a-movie" piece more befitting a Burt Reynolds or Marlon Brando. It's worth seeing once, but no re-watchability.