Aquaman checks all the formulas of a superhero movie, but the weight of its story is light.Comic books have reached across generations, commented on unrest and entertained many. The good ones offer an ether for boredom, a stimulus for curiosity.
Films have animated comic books into bankable universes — with the blockbusters of the DC Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018 all but assuring their staying power.
So it is unfortunate that the prolific slew of superhero films this year had to end with Aquaman, based on the DC Comics 1941 superhero.
The movie largely functions as a visual feast. James Wan, known for directing horror movies like Insidious and The Conjuring, certainly knows how to take beauty shots, from the long shot of the mythical, primal creatures called the Trench forming a cup to the re-imagining of Atlantis as an underwater nation and...