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The first reactions for James Wan’s Aquaman made a splash earlier this week, and attached to the positive reactions was one repeated sentiment — the film has its fair share of cheese. Now before anyone starts to panic or reconsiders their early ticket purchases, let’s make one thing clear: cheesiness is not an inherently negative thing. Sure, a quick dictionary perusal of the term turns up words like cheap, inferior, and chintzy. But a look into the origin of the word, a slang term from 19thcentury Britain, turns up a far more accurate descriptor: showy and admirable.
From The Hollywood Reporter: