"The development of their relationship unfolds before us through these moments of delicate, sincere, yet efficient filmmaking. Moments later, when Atlanna comes to, Thomas brings her a cup of tea and sits down. The decision to stage their first moment of mutual recognition over blowing the tea to cool it down is an act of genius. It allows a romantic seed to be planted (it enables them to lock eyes, and pucker lips) while maintaining an endearing innocence and playfulness to the whole affair."
"There are so many things to admire about James Wan’s magnificent Aquaman, from its prioritisation of moment-to-moment character beats over a broader narrative and placement within a serialised cinematic universe, to its mastery of spatial dynamics and the sense of scale in its action sequences. The film adopts an almost operatic approach to world-building and visual storytelling."
"The film presents Joe as battling to suppress these memories as they emerge at inopportune moments, conveying a vigorous internal conflict that never feels truly resolved until the film’s final moments. Joe’s traumatic past has resulted in a number of self-destructive coping strategies that we see him wrestle with constantly and which are mirrored in Nina’s equally bleak character arc."
"Mandy is a vision so ludicrously kaleidoscopic that it will (hopefully) alter the light in which Cage is viewed, and it marks perhaps the greatest synthesis between the actor and a director who matches his rhythm since David Lynch wrote a snakeskin jacket into the screenplay of Wild at Heart upon Cage’s request."
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