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Honest Trailers Takes on the Delightfully Bonkers Aquaman

"So get ready to jump the shark. All of the sharks. And then shoot at those sharks with water-powered plasma cannons."


If you had told me five years ago that I would love the Aquaman movie, I would have laughed in your face. Well, the joke’s on me, because I found myself absolutely delighted by the overstuffed, ridiculous entry into the DCEU. And clearly I’m not alone. Since its release, the film has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing DC movie of all time, and the 20th highest grossing film of all time. Not too shabby for an oft-mocked superhero who talks to fish and spent most of the modern era as a punchline.

The smash hit film is the latest to get the Honest Trailer treatment from the gang over at Screen Junkies, and as usual, they nail it. The trailer focuses on just how much movie is in Aquaman: a dizzying abundance of characters, worlds, creatures, and plot points that could service multiple movies.

And that’s part of the fun of the film: there is so much going on at any given moment that you’re completely distracted from what is basically a rote “reluctant chosen one” story we’ve seen a thousand times before. The film bombards you with eye candy in every shot, from the hunky and charismatic Momoa to the fantastic CGI, to an octopus playing the drums. When they reach the core of the earth where there are dinosaurs, I literally screamed “this movie has everything!” at my husband, who had already given up watching the film.

The trailer celebrates and pokes fun at the jam-packed film, which I’ve always likened to Bill Hader’s Stefon making a DCEU movie. The trailer is filled with jokes, making fun of the film’s overabundance of everything, yet its poor use of hair. “Here to help are Princess Mera and his mother Queen Atlanna, two powerful women struggling to overcome terrible wigs.”

The trailer emphasizes Aquaman‘s multiple locations, kingdoms, actors, as well as frequent explosions that interrupt important conversations. Oh, and did you realize how much Patrick Wilson’s Oceanmaster yells in the film? He is yelling up a storm. My favorite segment was when the trailer inter-cut that drum-playing octopus with J.K. Simmons abusive professor in Whiplash.

Great work all around everybody. What did you think of the Aquaman honest trailer? What film would you like to see Screen Junkies tackle next?

(via YouTube, image: screencap)

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