Title: Aquaman (2018)
Directed by: James Wan
Screenplay by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall
Story by: Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall
Based on: Aquaman by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Michael Beach
Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 143 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language
Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, The Safran Company, Cruel and Unusual Films, Mad Ghost Productions
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people—and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counsellor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.
After getting disappointed so many times by DC Universe, I was reluctant at first to watch Aquaman. Is it worth to watch? Or is it not? But in the end, I decided to watch it nonetheless. I did not expect something great, but I did expect something decent. At least I was hoping that the story would not disappoint me too much. I guess what people said that do not be a prejudice can apply for this film because it turns out Aquaman is a good film. It is definitely not that disappointing. Anyway, I watch Aquaman before Bumblebee (2018), but yes, I wrote a review about Bumblebee first before Aquaman. Sorry, folks! I just love Bumblebee so much. And I know this is supposed to be last year’s post but I can’t help it. Life has been so busy. Anyway, let us start talking about the film.
I first knew Jason Momoa from, of course, Game of Thrones. He played the role of Khal Drogo. It is pretty hard to imagine him playing someone funnier because as Drogo, he was so serious and seemed deadly. And then I saw him as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) but only for a glimpse. His character only really showed up in Justice League (2017). Of course, I have no idea who the hell is he and where he came from because his solo film was not yet released. That is actually also the reason why I don’t think Justice League is not that good because a few new superheroes were introduced but they didn’t make any introductory first so the audiences who haven’t read the comic would not understand or know about them. It seems that DC kept on disappointing the audiences and therefore I did not expect anything from this film. However, I must say the film has exceeded my expectations.
Jason Momoa managed to make his character charismatic and ridiculous at the same time. He made his character looks funny and likeable, yet somehow has his own charm as well. His character as Arthur Curry is pretty much very different from Khal Drogo. Amber Heard has been the talked of conversations too because of her amazing performance as Mera.
But of course, the trending topic was the story itself. I think most people did not expect too much from this film, especially when DC Universe has made us disappointed a gazillion times in the past few years. I think everyone just expects a decent film to watch. At least not boring. That is why Aquaman turns to surprise the audiences because the film is indeed good. Better than the recent DC films. I think even better than Wonder Woman (2017). The story is complicated yet still, we can follow the plot. There are many conflicts that happened in the story, which I think was put in a good place. Of course, there are some flaws but I think we can overlook them since the overall story is already good.
“My father was a lighthouse keeper. My mother was a queen. But life has a way of bringing people together. They made me what I am.” – Arthur Curry
What I don’t like about Aquaman is the CGI effect. Of course, since we are dealing with Aquaman who basically half human and half Atlantean, of course, we are going to see a lot of scenes in the water. Scenes in the water are not the same as on land. Some effect must be made, like the move of the body, the way the hair moves in the water, and so on. No matter how good the plot story is, watching a film is unlike reading a novel. Reading a novel, we use our own imagination. We do not expect much from the visual because we create our own visual even though the visual was already stated in the novel, still we must use our own imagination to make the visual real in our mind. Except when the novel turns into a film, that’s when a reader expects much. However, when watching a film, we see the story but we also see the visual so that it will support the story. In films like Aquaman, the audiences expect the action sequences are thrilling and exciting. Yes, they are thrilling, but the visual effect like the hair moves and all also support the overall film. In which, I personally think what I don’t like about Aquaman. The CGI effect is not smoothly done. I can see they made it by computers. It doesn’t affect how good the story is, but it is quite disturbing to see.
The overall film is actually good. I like the complexity of the story and it is not as bland as the other DC films before. Aquaman is definitely not a boring film. Proven by how much audiences like the film and said it is the best DC film thus far. However, one of the film’s flaws is the CGI effect. I do like Jason Momoa as Aquaman. I think he really fits the character. He has the charisma and he is also funny so the audiences like him. I think Aquaman is definitely worth to watch. I do enjoy watching it. I cannot say I can’t wait for Aquaman 2—if there’s any—but I definitely this Aquaman film.
I give Aquaman 8 out of 10 stars.