Aquaman

Having only watched a few of the DC Universe / Extended Universe films over the years, I found myself really intrigued by the latest offering, Aquaman. Many people around me and online were talking about the film and it seemed like one to watch asap! So during the weekend I went to Vue at St.George’s. I settled into a warm seat, with my snacks and got ready to watch what I thought would be another fun superhero movie with the usual special effects.

Well my expectations sure were exceeded! I was unaware of the star cast that included Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren and Amber Heard. Aquaman was also intriguing as it began. The movie swiftly reminded me of the 80s classic Splash as two people from different worlds – the underwater Kingdom Atlantis and Maine – meet and fall in love. The couple then have a baby, Arthur. However the fast paced action quickly starts as the couple face tough opposition from Atlantis. They sadly become separated and Arthur remains with his father in the surface world.

The film then arrives in the present day. The charming, statuesque Jason Momoa is now Aquaman a.k.a Arthur and his fun, laid back personality makes him so likeable. Arthur/Aquman is already a well-known modern day, yet somewhat reluctant hero. He soon learns he is the real heir to Alantis and has to make a decision about his future. His power hungry half-brother, the King of Atlantis, is trying to become the Ocean Master and start a war with the surface world over the issue of pollution but has a hidden agenda. Aquaman is encouraged to fight his brother, stop the war and become the rightful King of Atlantis.

The movie delves into Aquaman’s past a few times to explain how he developed his powers. Back in the present, he gradually starts his mission in the stunning, electrifying setting of Atlantis as he seeks to win over the nation before claiming the throne.  It is certainly not easy and Aquaman faces many obstacles.  

The CGI effects are stunning. Viewers are in for a real visual feast. I enjoyed the escapism and seeing different places like the Sahara.  There are titles of the various places the film travels to which was helpful. Aquaman’s bid to become King and save both his worlds, takes us all on a journey far and wide.

The film is a 12A but even I did get a bit scared at times. James Wan the film’s director has made many horror films and there are elements of the genre in this film, especially during the scenes set in the Trench. The effects here in particular are spectacular though despite the scary tone of the scenes.  

There is the traditional fight (actually many fights) between good and evil but with a modern vibe and a new superhero to admire. The main female character Mera helps Aquaman in his quest and holds her own too which I liked seeing. In fact she saves Aquaman a few times during the movie. It seems the days of female characters just decorating action movies are over and I would even say Mera is a superhero in her own right!

There are twists and turns as Aquaman continues in his quest. I think anyone watching will root for him as the film progresses, like I did. Does Aquaman win the day though? You will have to go and see for yourself but let me just say he is a true superhero.

The film is quite long but viewers are entertained throughout. We also get to see the creation of the Black Manta in an intriguing sub plot. Some of the movie mirrors other superhero films but I liked the familiarity. However with new and advanced effects, Aquaman is the one movie to watch this year or maybe in early 2019!

Spoiler alert – stay seated at the end for an intriguing mid credits scene. I am pretty sure it is an indication that a sequel will surface soon!

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