I’ve been laid up in bed with a back injury, and haven’t written a post for over two weeks. James Wan’s “Aquaman” was the medicine I needed to get back to work. The film was worth every penny of the extra money I paid for recliner seats!
THE PLOT (Contains Spoilers):
The seemingly lost land of Atlantis, is poised to attack surface-dwellers or people who live on land, with its advanced technology. Arthur aka Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the half Atlantean son of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), is the only one that can prevent this destructive war. He must cross many hurdles such as King Orm (Patrick Wilson) and the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II); but fortunately has the help of the beguiling princess Mera (Amber Heard) from under the sea.
Jason Momoa in a scene from the film. Picture courtesy: http://www.denofgeek.com
Everything in this film is stunning to look at. Breathtakingly gorgeous actors, achingly beautiful scenery both on land and under water, sharp camera work that ensures one is hooked throughout. Fortunately, its beauty isn’t its sole claim at worthiness.
The plot is interesting, if slightly rushed, as there is much ground to be covered. I particularly appreciated the theme exploring the destruction of the environment. Though superheroism is the main focus, the subtle message about the human race destroying its waterways, comes through strong and clear.
The actors do their jobs well. Each character is believable, apart from being a pleasure to look at. The simple love story is cute without taking up too much space.
The cinematography, editing and camerawork as mentioned above, are par excellence. The amazing underwater fight scenes are most noteworthy. The special effects are at the top of their game, making the recent Indian attempt in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ (review here) fail miserably in comparison.
The background score is catchy and youthful, keeping with the general vibe of the film.
Though the Marvel Comicverse has been leading the superhero genre this year, with “Aquaman”, DC has picked up its game!
At times, the film has a tendency to be slightly frivolous and that’s where it loses a point. I also wish the badass princess had been in the running for the one true heir- she certainly fit the bill!
I recommend the film to all fans of DC Comics, and superhero movies in general. It’s very enjoyable to watch and easy to follow as the first in its series. Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson are drool-worthy attractions.
However, I wouldn’t recommend it to young children as there are many scenes that they may find scary. You’d be better off showing them wholesome entertainment like Badhaai Ho (review here), Hotel Transylvania 3 (review here) or a number of Christmas movies out now. If you’re looking for something else in the fantasy genre, check out my review of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”.
Film Rating 4/5
They have a really good concept
Oh yes.. i agree!
The plot looks exciting enough to watch it. will check checks of theatres near us
This looks like an interesting plot. I just love watching such amazing characters and the plot of this movie sounds exciting too. Will check the theaters near me
Being a fan of DC comic, I’m waiting to watch this movie. Good to know that the characters have done their job well and the movie is exciting. But the catch is due to some scary scenes, I might not be able to take my kid along.
Even Its poster is so eye catching and your review say it all. i want to watch movie in my next weekend. how are you dear?
You must watch it if you get the time! I’m better now.. thank you for asking 😊
I heard about it from a friend of mine and so ended up watching it. Didn’t like it much though. Like you said, DC fans will love it more.
I am A DC fan and I loved this movie with such an amazing CGI. Thanks for the review.
Yesterday only i watched this movie and not like much.. Though the concept was really good but i didn’t find it entertaining myself. You have reviewed so well.
My daughters are after my life to take them to theatres for this movie; after reading your review might think:) Thanks for posting this.
The plot looks interesting, would love to watch a brilliant storyline with the amazing character. The poster seems to be so eye catching. Thanks for the detailed review.
Aquaman sounds like a nice blockbuster in the classic mould. Have always loved these kinds of larger than life movies, hope to enjoy this one.
This sounds like a wonderful movie 😍
As a movie buff I’m always looking at good movies to catch up, this sounds like my perfect weekend plan! Thank you for the review
I am not a DC comics fan but I am sure my teen and tween are going to like it. Thanks for the review. The movie surely like ok interesting.
I am planning on watching AquamaN .Good thing you gave a heads up about taking kids .I like the super hero genre a lit nd am looking forward to this one.
I am a fan of such periodic plots and this is the genre I watch mostly. Thanks for your review.
I am already excited and waiting for the weekend to watch this movie . I love watching this,thanks for sharing detailed review of the movie.
I havent seen this movie but have heard a lot about this movie thru review, but I seriously want to see this movie once in 3d if possible