Movie Review: Aquaman (Warner Bros)

Aquaman Saves The DC Comics Movie Franchise! Let’s face facts, the DC Extended Universe is in trouble. Yeah, that’s putting it mildly. Even with Wonder Woman doing as well as […]

Aquaman Saves The DC Comics Movie Franchise!

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Let’s face facts, the DC Extended Universe is in trouble. Yeah, that’s putting it mildly. Even with Wonder Woman doing as well as it did, Justice League just added to the damage. It made people wonder if Warner Bros would pull the plug. 

When Jason Momoa was cast as Aquaman, I wasn’t 100% on board. Sue me. I’m a comic person, so to me, Aquaman needs to be blonde. Then I saw Momoa’s portrayal in Justice League, and it wasn’t bad. 

Then it was announced that Aquaman would get his own film, and yeah, I had doubts. That is until I saw the trailer. It blew me away, and I got excited for the movie. 

Well, I did see the movie, and it was so worth the wait and it can save the DC Comic movies!

Jason Momoa reprises his role as Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film takes place sometime after the events of Justice League and these days Aquaman protects the oceans and tries to enjoy his newfound celebrity status. Meanwhile, Arthur’s half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) is plotting an attack on the surface and trying to control all of Atlantis. Mera (Amber Heard) tries to convince Arthur to take the throne of Atlantis since he’s the oldest and rightful heir. Arthur wants nothing to do with Atlantis until they attack with a massive wave that kills thousands across the globe. Arthur is now on a quest to find a mystical trident and as well a journey of self-discovery.

Jason Momoa just knocks it out of the park in this film. I’ve seen him in serval things, but in this, he’s not just an action star but he’s also a romantic lead. He does an amazing job just leading this film. Of course, he kicks ass and takes names as well. There are parts of Momoa’s Aquaman that are from the comics, but he truly makes this is own. Plus to see him in the iconic costume, still just incredible. 

Amber Heard’s Mera is totally badass herself. This is no damsel in distress. She is a warrior. There is really great chemistry between Heard and Momoa. They really play off of each other very well.

Patrick Wilson’s Orm is played with such intensity and strength. Orm isn’t really a megalomaniac. He’s not just after power. He seems to care about the ocean. More of an environmental terrorist, but wants to do right by his people.

Orm isn’t the only villain in the film. Yahya AbdulMateen II plays Black Manta, and it was just incredible to see this classic Aquaman arch-nemesis brought to life on the big screen. Again, not a one-dimensional villain here. There are some layers to the character

Arthur’s parents are played by Nicole Kidman, as Queen Atlanna, and Temuera Morrison, as Tom Curry. There were times I just didn’t see an attraction between the two, but both did a great job here. And Willem Dafoe’s Vulko, who trains Arthur, just incredible as always.

What really makes this film is director James Wan. Yes, the man who brought us Saw and Insidious just does an incredible job bringing the comic book hero and his undersea world to life. Unlike Synder, Wan understands how to light a scene. None of this underlighting crap. You can see what is going on in every scene. This is what good cinematography looks like. But it’s not only that, it’s the way we believe the characters are underwater. Swimming, fighting, and even talking, it all just works.

The main thing here is you really see Wan’s love of the character. From the iconic costume to the Easter Eggs that only comic book fans would get. Wan shows us what’s amazing about Aquaman, which is really needed. To the general public, Aquaman is still haunted by the old Super Friends cartoon. Wan makes sure that he’s not a joke.

Aquaman isn’t just a super-hero film or an action film. It’s more of an adventure film in the vein of Indiana Jones. There’s action, suspense, romance, and humor. It’s just a fun movie to watch on screen. When it was all over it was one hell of a ride.

The film is also just visually stunning. Very vibrant and colorful. The underwater sequences were purely amazing. Add to that how much better the CGI technology gets every day. A feast for your senses.

Lastly, I would like to point something out. I’m a comic book fan first, so when I see movies and TV shows not give credit where credit is due, it upsets me. I’m not just talking about giving credit to the original creators of a character, but some of the writers and artists who have shaped the character. It made extremely happy to see all the right people be acknowledged for what they added to the characters. It might just be a special thanks, but I think it’s cool.

Aquaman is a film that really needs to be seen on a big screen. The screening I went to was in IMAX 2D. Personally, I don’t feel you need to go that far, but you need to see this in the theaters.

Aquaman opens on December 21st.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.