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Aquaman Movie Review


The latest addition to the DC Extended Universe is the 6th installment film entitled, “Aquaman”. Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry (Aquaman) in his quest to protect the world by preventing an all out war between land and sea, and claim his birth right of heir to the throne of Atlantis. The movie is Directed by famous horror genre genius, James Wan, and let me tell you that a film visionary like Wan is exactly what the DCEU has been lacking all these years. In a tough situation, Wan had the difficult task of lifting Aquaman out of the horrid mess that was Justice League and had to reinvent this character so that the DCEU could continue. I will make notion that Wonder Woman is the only film that is not included in my gripe about DC because that movie was great. 

Up until Aquaman, 4 out of the 5 DC movies had been hot garbage plagued by messy scripts, uninteresting antagonists, bad on screen chemistry (Cavill/Adams) and too many freaking subplots. Aquaman surprised me and was quite an enjoyable film. Finally another DC film where the characters and the chemistry between them were believable and not uncomfortable to watch! Now that said… it still has a lot of elements that made me sigh and want to tear my hair out, but overall I did like this film. 

Film Name: AQUAMAN
Photo Credit: Jasin Boland/ ™ & © DC Comics
Caption: (L-r) AMBER HEARD, director JAMES WAN, JASON MOMOA and WILLEM DAFOE on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “AQUAMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The film plays off the heartstrings of a long lost love story between Arthur Curry’s parents (Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman) and the entire movie is based off their star-crossed love. I really enjoyed Nicole Kidman in this movie and I feel like her portrayal of Atlanna, a bad ass ocean warrior queen, is just a testament to her versatility as an actress. She was able to bring a heart warming performance that really shines through the screen and gave me goosebumps several times throughout the film. I felt like Patrick Wilson (King Orm) also gave a pretty commanding performance that played beautifully against Jason Momoa’s cool calm demeanor. Honestly pretty much everyone in this film gave a great performance which I think is more of a testament as to why James Wan is such a great director. 

There were many things about this movie that I didn’t like and it mostly had to do with a lot of cheesy dialogue and fake moments of “emotion”, (Plague of the DCEU Blandness). There’s nothing more frustrating than being taken out of an awesome moment because of a one off comment or a poorly conceptualized scene that just didn’t need to be included, and this movie has several of them. Another aspect that I didn’t enjoy was how complicated the history and the lack of explanation that this world takes place in and how it was delivered. There are a lot of scenes where the audience isn’t included in conversations and names and places are talked about in great length without having any idea what the hell is actually taking place. I had a few moments of “wait, what?” while listening to the sea people talk about the intricate diplomacy of their world. 

Now with all that being said, the best thing about this movie is how fun it is. The action sequences and the special fx are quite astonishing and I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it before. The movie takes place almost exclusively underwater and the fx artists displayed this world beautifully. I can’t even imagine the pain staking hours it took for them to get the hair movement underwater to look just right, but they nailed it. There are exciting fight scenes and a full array of both real and CG fx that play wonderfully against each other.  And whats a James Wan film without jump scares and racing heart palpitations? Don’t worry, he hasn’t forgotten what he loves most. 

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Aquaman is the coolest hero in the DC Extended Universe, and if you don’t agree, then you’re just wrong. 

STUDIO:Warner Bros.
GENRE:Action, Adventure
RELEASE DATE:December 21 2018
AUTHOR:Curt Cook