DC’s Aquaman comes to theaters across the nation THIS Friday, December 21st. I got your spoiler-free movie review!
DC fans are hyped because the new Aquaman is getting rave reviews and they really haven’t seen such hope in the DC cinematic universe since Wonder Woman graced the big screen. I was a little hyped myself because I haven’t fawned over a super hero since earlier this year when I was spray bottling myself down for some Black Panther. Despite my love of Jason Momoa and super hero movies in general, I got the good, the bad and the ugly on the new Aquaman movie. Spoiler-free, of course!
The pressure to put out a top notch DC film must have weighed heavily on the shoulders of Director James Wan but I believe he really pulled off a winner. The Aquaman star studded cast including, Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard and Willem Defoe were perfect in their roles and really nailed the characters they played. The CGI and underwater scenes were a work of art! Atlantis was more beautiful than I ever could’ve imagined and the costumes were spot on. I love how action packed the film is, at every turn something was getting blasted or someone was being chased. The action really kept the pace of the movie and at no point did I feel bored. Every underwater scene was pure perfection! The major underwater battle in the film reminded me something of a Star Wars battle but fought underwater. I can see why Aquaman is receiving really good reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, the film was not perfect.
We get a little of the origin of Aquaman with the meeting of his mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and his light house keeper father Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) but I felt the back story was really rushed. I wanted to see more of Aquaman as a child, I wanted to see more of Aquamans training and we only see bits and pieces of this throughout the film. Granted, this would have made the film really long but couldn’t they have cut out a few fight scenes to give us more back story?
I think my biggest complaint in the film was the disservice they did to Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen). I don’t know much about Aquaman, I have only read a few of the comics but to me, Black Manta sounds like a bad-a** villian. However, we don’t really get much character development of him in this movie. He is kind of portrayed as a pawn when I feel like he should have been the real villian. I get why he couldn’t have been the true villian in this first Aquaman movie but then why even introduce him now? Why not save him for a sequel where we can really dive into the character?
Overall, I really enjoyed Aquaman! If you go into it thinking it will be the best super hero film ever, then you will be disappointed. If you go into it with Justice League on your mind, then you will be over the moon happy with it! As far as DC films of late, it is up there with the likes of Wonder Woman in my opinion. However, DC still has a ways to go if they want to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe league. But I do give them an A for effort.