Friday, November 15, 2019

Aquaman Review: Stands Out in a Sea of Superhero Films | AIB

Aquaman must be one of the most parodied comic characters and one of the most mocked; “Their power is to talk to the fish only” and, to a certain extent, that was the image that many of them had. The truth is that in this film, director James Wan manages to show that Aquaman can be much more than that, that even talking to sea creatures can be the most fascinating superpowers that can exist.

It is a film that understands perfectly that it is based on a comic and transforms this sincerity into a weapon as powerful as the Atlantean trident, and also the film is allowed to be funny, dramatic, epic, and light without falling into the vice of taking very seriously or wanting to be more epic than it really is.


Aquaman is an adventure, a journey traced to the “path of the hero” and in many ways similar to any story of King Arthur we have read. “The hero has to take the most powerful weapon that will allow him to unite to defeat the sea and unite the kingdoms.” But it is within that same context that the film has the luxury of making very crazy decisions, both visual and plot.


Arthur Curry, also known as Aquaman (Jason Momoa), is an inhabitant of a powerful underwater kingdom named after Atlantis. In this film full of action and adventure we will know its origins since he was a child raised by a human man and considered a pariah by his own until he grows up and must face the problems that have appeared in his world.


Then, this man half human and half atlantean will undertake the journey of his life, in which he will have to discover who he really is and if he is worthy of being a king. Accompanied by Mera (Amber Heard), he will face this and other challenges, while facing Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his own stepbrother Orm (Patrick Wilson). Will he be able to lead his people and become a hero to the world?

Aquaman is visually very imaginative and full of energy, Atlantis is a kingdom that simply makes you want to see more often, it’s colorful, strange, full of inhabitants and creatures so strange and curious that makes you believe that you are another planet or universe, when you are simply at the bottom of the sea.


The beasts that are there are very diverse, from Marine horses / Dragons, passing through abyssal creatures or humanoid monsters, to giant crabs and Kaijus that seem taken from “Pacific Rim.” And James Wan takes advantage of all the advantages of the seabed to do what he can with the camera.

The action in the film is full of dynamic moments, and with very fluid and moving camera shots, you can see the action of the fights without those quick cuts that the action movies give us today. But sometimes the abuse of the CGI camera makes the action dizzy. There are a couple of battles on the seabed where a blow causes the camera to move everywhere, causing that sensation of disorientation that you get from being thrown by a wave on the beach.


But in some cases, it can really make you dizzy. The battles on the mainland are also highly creative visually and choreographically speaking, especially the battle against Black Manta. If I should complain about something related to the action, it is that, at times, the film seemed not to take any breath, literally causing the action to explode and destroy any calm moment that the characters had.

Leaving aside the technical, and focusing on the characters, Momoa as Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman really takes the role at ease, takes the time to be rude, to be sarcastic and Patrick Wilson in the role of Ocean Master is also a lot of entertainment, he manages to give a superb character but at the same time, a vitality that causes one to be distracted from how bad their lines are or how little sense there is in their actions.


Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Temuera Morrison as the father of Aquaman also manage to give a charm to their roles, especially in the flashbacks that we see them together, although this is where one of my complaints about the film falls. The CGI in some moments, especially in the faces of some rejuvenated characters, is unforgivably bad. In IMAX it seems that instead of watching a movie from a studio with the big budget, you were watching gameplay of some PS3 game and that at this stage of the game, it really distracts.

Although the relationship between Aquaman and Mera (Amber Heard) was quite tender at times and funny, considering the personality of Aquaman vs. Mera’s royalty, in the scenes where she is alone or with other characters, the truth is that it was difficult to get into his performance, but it is not such a terrible thing.

And the film itself is far from being bad. It is not a marvel of the 7th art, but neither does it try to be, it is a visually beautiful and creative adventure, full of great and entertaining moments. Honestly, it’s what DC should have done from the beginning: focus on their characters one at a time.

Wonder Woman is an excellent movie because it’s just Diana’s story, Man of Steel is a film full of faults, but at least it focuses on Kal El. Aquaman is the story of how the drunk and rude but good-hearted motorbiker we met in Justice League, learn to be the King and Hero who needs your world, and who also needed DC.


Aquaman is an epic fantasy adventure on the high seas! It’s packed with thrilling action in a dazzling underwater world like nothing I’ve ever seen in superhero movies, or anywhere else. It’s nice to see new worlds and characters that seem to enjoy what they do. I had a total blast watching this movie & so will you. See it on the biggest screen you can!

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Aquaman is the most ambitious DC movie to date - a big, sprawling visual spectacle that is gorgeous, crazy, stuffed with terrific action, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in our opinion, is the true star - he elevates the material, makes it entertaining and conquers it. James Wan delivers a swashbuckling epic full of big emotion, gorgeous undersea visuals, exciting action, and lots of laughs.

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