Despite some changes they made to fit this into their animated… MoreDespite some changes they made to fit this into their animated timeline, I thoroughly enjoyed this. The introduction of Arthur is definitely unique, but it was great to see his transformation to Aquaman over the course of the movie. Mera actually stole a lot of scenes and was really awesome too. It's exciting to see Aquaman as the focal point of a Justice League adventure, and only makes the wait to 2018 that much longer!
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is the standout in this one. The… MoreBenedict Cumberbatch's performance is the standout in this one. The jumping around from year-to-year storytelling method is a little jarring, but it does create some level of suspense, and there is a more-than-expected presence of humor to break things up a little bit. A solid entry in this year's Oscar race.
I enjoyed it overall, but I felt the ending was very abrupt and I… MoreI enjoyed it overall, but I felt the ending was very abrupt and I really wanted a little more resolution than they gave. I also wasn't floored by the performance of Ellar Coltrane, who plays the main kid, Mason. He breaks out of his shell in the 2nd half in the movie, and that's when he starts to shine. The nature of the way they shot this (1 week a year for the past 12 years) really made it interesting to see the kids grow up as the movie progressed, though since they cover so much time, it almost felt disjointed at times, because storylines are abruptly resolved and/or dropped at a moment's notice. It's not the worst thing in the world, I just think it made me realize how I like a fully contained story and not an open-ended story. It works sometimes (like the ending of 'Inception'), but in this case, I really wanted to know how things ended up with all the characters stories, though, as my wife points out. that would make for a very long movie unless they made it a montage. I'll be interested to see how it stands up against the other Best Picture nominees in the coming weeks.