(This is Aquaman film review, which is a 2018 DC superhero movie that is the debut film for Aquaman)
Aquaman is the sixth DC superheroes movies that is part of the DCEU, though he has appeared in two other films Superman vs Batman and Justice League, before this debut film. This film is directed by the horror specialist, James Wan, which is kind of an irony as this film is the furthest from his forte. It also cast Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Dolph Lundgren. With such talents gathering to deliver this film, would this be the success that DC is aiming to achieve to counter Marvel? Read on the Aquaman film review below to find out!
The story is actually pretty simple and follows the standard superhero story of a marriage between two different races and born a son that bridges the two worlds. Aquaman is now having to reenter the ocean that he loathes as his half-brother threaten to proclaim war with the humans above water due to the latter destructive pollution into the sea. Could he manage to stop him in time?
Aquaman Film Review
The premise, in a sense, kind of breathe fresh air into the genre as it’s different from Marvel. This is because Aquaman does not try to be complicated in its story delivery, and does not aim to make it dark like some of Marvel’s. Instead, this is a fun movie that instills excitement at any turn with more CGI spectacles and effects underwater. It is so different from the usual James Wan films that it actually surprises me that I kind of enjoy this film the way it is. Sure it is predictable, but it is a fun watching experience. Pacing wise, it can be slow in some parts but overall the flow is consistent. This is due many action scenes split up and placed expertly to carry the film after each quiet moment.
The characters, especially for Aquaman and Mera, are strong in personality and given plenty of time to develop, albeit only slightly. Jason and Amber portray their role brilliantly, and each gives a strong sense of presence in the film. I like the relationship between Aquaman and Mera that looks like that of a young couple trying to solve through life problems. Also, the conversations between them are funny too. The antagonist, sadly is quite unremarkable and almost non-memorable, except the for the leviathan at the end for its huge size and design but it is given too little screen time. The CGI fights are actually really cool and grand, with a scale that I have hardly seen in superheroes movies nowadays. Also, I don’t know why but it is funny that almost all of the quiet scenes are always ended with explosions somewhere. Finally, the soundtrack is pretty decent and gives the oomph and might to the Aquaman’s power and legacy, and during the huge war underwater.