Known for directing horror James Wan takes his crack into the DCEU with the first Aquaman stand alone film. Aquaman is fronted by Jason Momoa who plays our main character Arthur Curry. From a young age Arthur knew he was special, his mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) was the queen of the sunken city of Atlantis.
Keeping to the surface his whole life was all he wanted until princess Mera (Amber Heard) convinces him to lead his people and be the hero she knows he could be. Arthur and Mera go on a vast journey across the Seven Seas trying to fulfill Arthur’s destiny, fighting their way through the villains and the different challenges along the way.
Aquaman, despite the track record of DC movies has a great story that’s easy to follow and makes sense. It doesn’t taper off and keeps your interest all the way through. Momoa and the cast do an excellent job keeping in character, it actually seemed like they care and are willing to build DC back up.
The action was great and it’s an excellent presentation of the genre. The team behind the film also decided to throw some comedy into the action, which acts as a fine suspense break and just has better flow to it. The supporting cast (Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, and many more) do an excellent job not just helping the overall film but lifting Momoa and Heard up to a higher standard.
Although despite not looking like the Aquaman from the comics, Momoa seemed to be the best choice for the role, and having Heard as the leading lady that looks exactly the same as the source material doesn’t hurt. Aquaman does a fantastic job with sticking to the source material.
The villains look the same; Curry’s origin is the same, names and so much more. The film is beautifully shot and shows off the amazing colours and visuals of the Seven Seas. It showcases the different regions well. Being mostly underwater, Aquaman relies on a lot of CGI, fortunately you can hardly notice it.
Aquaman is a great action film that the audience will love. The movie is shot beautifully and has breath taking visuals. The story flows very well with no signs of stopping until the end; it keeps the audience engaged for two and half hours which is a hard task to accomplish. DC took a huge risk by trying to keep building the universe, but I would say Aquaman is a success. Even if you don’t like DC or don’t know much about Aquaman, this film will educate you and make you a fan.
Aquaman Review at Theater with Standard Viewing
Screening Provided by Warner Brothers
Rating Overall: 7.3