Yes. He does talk to fish. Aquaman, directed by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) tells a story about Arthur Curry, or better known to the rest of the world as “The Aquaman” (Jason Momoa) on an expedition to retrieve the long lost Trident of King Atlan and stop his evil half brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) from declaring war on the surface world. With the help of Princess Mera (Amber Heard) and the royal advisor Vulko (Willem Dafoe) Aquaman will fight for both land and sea to reclaim his throne and become the rightful king of Atlantis.
Aquaman, throughout his 77 years of comic book history, has arguably been the most bullied superhero in existence due to the cheesy cartoony aspect of his superpowers. Apparently being able to talk to fish hasn’t stuck well with major audiences. Even shows such as Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Big Bang Theory have taken shots at the King of the Sea. This movie had a lot of prejudice going against it from the beginning, but I believe that the cast and crew have succeeded at making an enjoyable movie.
The acting was great, Jason Momoa gives a stellar performance as a man struggling to come to terms with the loss of his mother. Having learned at a young age that the Atlanteans sentenced his mother Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) to her to death for having a son with a lighthouse keeper on the surface world, (Temuera Morrison) Aquaman believes the world isn’t a fair place and challenges the concept of showing his enemies mercy. However, after an encounter with Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his group of murderous pirates on a submarine ship, Aquaman refuses to show mercy to save Manta’s trapped father. After seeing the error of his ways, and how it creates more danger for himself and others that he cares about, he comes to terms with what it means to be a hero. Sometimes your actions are bigger than yourself whether you want it to be or not, and it’s important to think about what your choices can do to others. The rest of the cast did a good job too, Amber Heard was great at portraying a strong female lead that wasn’t solely tied down to being the love interest. Willem Dafoe and Patrick Wilson were also engaging to watch. My only complaint with the acting is that I believe Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was criminally underused in this movie, and I would like to see more of him in the future.
Visually, I thought the movie was also very appealing. Coming right out of the Henry Cavill mustache debacle, this movie definitely stepped up their game with the CGI and made all the underwater imagery and creatures pleasant to look at. Fight scenes were well choreographed too, Jason Momoa and Amber Heard definitely put in their best effort and it made the difference.
However, this movie is not without its faults. The dialogue for this movie was often very cheesy, plagued with over dramatic pauses and corny one liners. Many of the romantic moments between Aquaman and Mera were also dumbed down to romcom stereotypes, such as accidentally touching hands, that had me rolling my eyes. And I don’t even want to get started about the bastardization of Toto’s Africa by Pitbull. These moments happened often enough to remove the immersion and made me think “wow did that actually happen?”
Overall, the movie isn’t perfect, but I think many audiences will find it enjoyable to say the least. If anything, people will hopefully have a newfound respect for Aquaman as a character. For that, I would give this movie a 7/10.
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Starring: Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry), Amber Heard (Mera), Willem Defoe (Vulko), Patrick Wilson (King Orm), Nicole Kidman (Atlanna)
Director: James Wan
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 143 minutes
Official Website: www.AquamanMovie.com
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IMDB Page: @AquamanMovie
Wiki Link: @AquamanMovie
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