From James Won, the director of “Saw” and “The Conjuring”, comes the newest movie in the DC lineup. And I am happy to say that this movie is good. Better than good. It exceeded my expectations to be honest. It was funny, heart warming and filled with action from start to finish. There wasn’t a time where I checked my phone, which was impressive considering its 2 hours and 20 minutes run time. Everyone in the movie theater were cheering and laughing thought the entire movie, especially at the last shoot of the movie, which is ripped right from the comics.
For some I think that this movie will seem a little weird and over the top and they won’t like it for that. For me personally that is the reason that I love it so much. It knows that its campy and over the top. It doesn’t try to take itself so seriously and that works in its favor.
The story takes place right after Justice League. It follows Arthur Curry as he tries to find his place in the world. His father being a simple lighthouse keeper and his mother the queen of Atlantis, he is torn between wheatear he should go to Atlantis and take his place as king or stay on the surface world. But when his half-brother Orm wants to declare world on the surface world it is up to Arthur to stop him. Along the way he will learn what it means to be a king, and more importantly a hero, not just to Atlantis, but to the rest of the world as well.
Jason Momoa is the perfect Aquaman. He relishes in the role. He is funny when he needs to be but you also know that the fighting starts going down and he starts throwing punches, you better not be on the receiving end. Another one that was perfect in its role was Amber Heard. She was excellent as Mira. She was an awesome mix of pretty and deadly, all in one.
Patrick Wilson, in his second DC appearance, this time takes the role of the main villain, King Orm. He had a strong physical presence in all the scenes that he was in and you really feel that he can go toe to toe with Jason Momoa and win, which he does several times.
The only character that I felt was unnecessary was Black Manta. It felt like he was forced in this movie and it would have been better to keep him for the sequel.
The action was very unique, fast paced and beautifully shoot. You could see everything that was happening and watching it I felt like I was watching a Saturday morning cartoon like Dragon Ball or Naruto. The choreography was awesome and having most of the action scenes underwater gave them a nice three dimensional depth to them.
The only gripe that I have about the movie is that the beginning felt a little bit rough and a little longer than it should have been.
All and all, “Aquaman” is a step in the right direction for DC and I hope that there upcoming movies continue this trend. It shows us that it is ok to embrace the source material and still make an excellent movie. If you are a fan of comics, superhero movies or enjoy watching action-adventure movies, than you will love “Aquaman”.
My name is Dimitar. I am 21 and I currently study Nanotechnology and I am in my second year in college. Ever since I was little I loved reading comics and watching movies, especially superhero movies and fantasy. I first discovered my love for geek culture when I watched the 90’s animated Spiderman cartoon. I remember my cousin had all the seasons on VHS and I would watch them over and over again. I also enjoy playing video games as well as watching TV shows. I’m a huge fitness fan as well and I think I got that obsession from watching all those super humans running and jumping around. My hope is that with these articles that I am writing I can share some of my love for these things to you.