Aquaman Movie Review: Say Hello To The New King Of DC Comics Movies - A Brilliant Edge Of The Seat Action Entertainer!

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'Aquaman' is a joyride from start to finish and while it is not an Oscar-winning film, it is one of the best standalone superhero flicks that Hollywood has ever made. Jason Momoa brings a kind of wildness and passion in his character that makes you root for him from the start.

Written By H Shivkumar | Mumbai | Updated On:

DC has been suffering from mediocre films for a long time. Barring 'Wonder Woman,' they haven't had much to rejoice about in the last few years. Thankfully all that worry can be put to bed with 'Aquaman,' for the buzz has been amazing so far. So now that the film's finally here let's see what's it all about.  

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Setting the scene 

A lighthouse keeper finds a strange unconscious woman on a stormy night. She is none other than Atlanna, the queen of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, played by Nicole Kidman.The two fall in love and Arthur Curry is born, a half human-half Altantean who has pre-written destiny.  

Plot 

Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa, is a superhuman who can breathe underwater and saves hapless sailors from pirates. He lives in peace with his dad but is convinced that his mother is dead and is bitter towards Atlantis. One day Princess Mera, played by Amber Heard, contacts him and warns him of Atleanteans planning war against the surface, led by King Orm, who is Arthur's half-brother. Initially reluctant, he is sucked into it after seeing what's in store for the world if he doesn't fight Orm. As the duo heads underwater, an angry Arthur challenges Orm to battle. Unfortunately, he is defeated in front of everyone and is forced to run away into hiding, with Mera's help, of course. The two then head across the world in a crazy journey for the lost trident of King Atlan. The trident is believed to be powerful enough to defeat Orm so Arthur can lay claim over the throne. Whether he succeeds in his endeavor and saves the world makes up for the rest of the story.  

Verdict 

The film is brilliant, in every sense of the word. From the visuals to the action set pieces, it is all incredible. The visuals of the city of Atlantis is jaw-dropping, and there is a particular action scene shot in Sicily that is so stunning that you would want to watch it a million times. Jason Momoa brings a kind of wildness and passion in his character that makes you root for him from the start. Amber is also phenomenal as Mera, with plenty of witty lines and action sequences to her credit. This is undoubtedly one of the better-written female characters in a film. While there isn't much room for emotion, the film makes up for it with the action, for there isn't a dull moment in the entire film. There are notably a few moments of Marvelseque humour as well, which is great to see. There is also a good blend of myth and history with many legendary creatures of the deep making an appearance. Overall, 'Aquaman' is a joyride from start to finish and while it is not an Oscar-winning film, it is one of the best standalone superhero flicks that Hollywood has ever made. Special props to director James Wan for never failing to amaze us!  

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Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman 

What works: Story, screenplay, action and visuals 

What doesn't: Lack of emotional hook points 

Rating 4/5 

Watch the trailer here.

 

 

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