Warner Bros. and DC Films have done it with another origin film that breathes life into the DC Universe except for the movie is a bit disconnect from that last film.
We get it, Justice League was a disappointment for a lot of us who expected another Zack Snyder masterpiece when it comes to superheroes. Unfortunately, we got a lackluster film that should have had everyone in ahh from its story, charcter development and more. It did none of that. Luckily what the DC Universe continues to prove is that the excell with origin films like Jason Momoa in Aquaman.
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Aquaman RATING: A-
Critic Review – Peter Ricci
CelebNMovies247.com has seen Aquaman and we loved all 143 minutes of the superhero movie from start to finish.
The key to Superhero films is that its all about the casting and who is playing who. Aquaman is perfectly cast and Jason Momoa is the DCEU’s very own Thor type character.
Instead of him being a god, he is a king. The story parallels that of the Thor Loki elements and Black Panther’s family rivalry between T’Challa / Black Panther and his cousin Erik Killmonger.
In Aquaman its Arthur Curry the bastard son of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison) against Arthur’s half-brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Another aspect of the film includes a reluctant Black Mantis played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Manta is on a mission to get revenge for his father’s death in which he blames Aquaman.
The other key element that makes this movie work so well is the onscreen chemistry and believability within the characters such as Arthurs love interest Princess Mera (Amber Heard) who is the daughter of Nereus (Dolph Lundgren). Another key player in the movie is royal vizier Vulko (Willem Dafoe).
Aquaman stays true to his comic book storylines so if you are familiar you will be very pleased with the film and the casting.
We don’t want to tell you any of the storyline except the film contains family rivalry, betrayals, a romance and tons of great action sequence. It is a non-stop rollercoaster of fun. And it moves very quickly. The visuals are stunning, especially all the underwater sequences.
Aquaman and Wonder Woman are both in a league of their own when it comes to the DCEU.
The only issue is simple. Aquaman picks up shortly after Justice League. They only reference the film and touch on him being a half-human, half-Atlantean to save those in need of help.
His father also asks in the film, “so you are doing it?” Meaning being a superhero to help people in danger. As for anything else, The DC Universe made sure to steer very far from Justice League or any of the superheroes in the film. We get it, it wouldn’t make sense in the movie, but it would have been a perfect tie-in for a post credit scene. Instead, they keep one post credit seen strictly in the Aquaman origins with Mantis teaming up with a theorist/scientist to still wreak havoc and get revenge on Aquaman.
Aquaman was directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) from a script by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2 and 3) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad) from a story by Wan, Beall and DC’s Geoff Johns. The script for Aquaman constantly jumps between multiple storylines, but it moves quickly forward with enough action and adventure to keep a steady pace. And, to Wan’s credit, his directing provides a great deal of dynamic action, crafting visual spectacle so rarely seen in live-action films.
Furthermore, Aquaman is a solid standalone effort with plenty of potential for even greater success in a sequel.
Aquaman is now playing in U.S. theaters nationwide. It’s rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.