Don’t think too hard about it; just enjoy the spectacle.
Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa) parents are a lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison) and Atlantean queen (Nicole Kidman). When a war between the subsurface world of Atlantis and its ruler Orm (Patrick Wilson) threatens the human world, Curry must confront his past to save the day.
The James Wan-directed film almost seems resigned to that fate. It’s a nearly perfect superhero movie that does little to further the larger franchise. Even the post-credits scene mostly just offers closure, rather then setting up the next DC movie. That doesn’t mean Aquaman isn’t worth watching (it is!), but don’t expect the kind of universe-building that Marvel has trained us all to view as good cinema.
No matter how you look at it, Aquaman is an impressive film. The action is thrilling, mixing sweeping rooftop chase scenes and close quarters combat on a sinking submarine with some of the most epic battles ever seen on screen. The final scene puts the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings franchise, to shame.
The acting is great too. Jason Momoa delivers a superhero you’d want to drink a beer with who’s also way cooler than Thor, while Patrick Wilson plays a Shakespearean villain who you can almost empathize with until he shows his true colors as a ruthless warmonger. Julie Andrews even lends her voice as a gnarly sea monster, and Nicole Kidman kicks butt as Aquaman’s mom. But perhaps the most impressive cast-member is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in a rage-filled breakout performance as the supervillain Black Manta, a submarine pirate who uses Atlantean technology to build a super suit and get revenge on Aquaman.
Verdict : Aquaman is truly a visual delight like never-seen-before. It is lighthearted, fun and an adventure that can only be experienced and enjoyed in a movie theatre. Trust me, this film will seem a lot worse if you watch it on your TV. It is made for the big-screen and worth going to the theatre because it is a spectacle.
Rating – 3.5