As a critic, it can be tricky deciding which film to cover and which to overlook. I try to review films of varying genres—action, drama, horror, superhero, etc. It would be too dull if I just reviewed the same genre back to back. This was an issue I faced back in 2018, the year we got “Black Panther,” “Venom,” “Deadpool 2,” and so many other superhero films. However, given current events, and the fact we may not be getting another big blockbuster in theaters for a little while, I thought it was time I take a look at something uplifting for our readers. Which is why I’m covering the 2018 DC film, “Aquaman.”
Born of Human and Atlantean blood, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) has been using his abilities to aid those in need whenever he can. However, when an Atlantean named Mera (Amber Heard) warns him that King Orm (Patrick Wilson), the ruler of Atlantis and Arthur’s half-brother, is plotting to unite the denizens of the deep and wage war with the surface world, Arthur is put in the spotlight before all of Atlantis when it’s revealed he is the true heir to the throne.
With his half-brother preparing to destroy the land dwellers of Earth, and the vengeful Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) hunting him down, Arthur is forced to not only assume his role as the King of Atlantis, but to take his role as the hero of both land and sea, Aquaman. The film also features Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren and Temuera Morrison.
A decade ago, if you said that Aquaman was getting a live–action adaption, a lot of people would have laughed at you. Because when it comes to DC heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman is the one that’s received more ridicule from fans of all mediums. Whether or not those views have changed is a matter of opinion, but I can safely say my views have changed as I found this film to be positively epic!
The action in this movie earns an A+ score! The movie uses its locations and implements it into the fight scenes and story. It gives us one on one combat, open area combat, battles on a grand scale, and whether it happens on dry land, or in the ocean, each one is done perfectly. Plus, it’s not just Aquaman kicking butt on screen. His partner Mera has some creative and awesome battles herself. The filmmakers definitely took their time to ensure that every major character has a chance to shine in the film.
Even outside of combat, the story has a real ‘adventure’ feel as our main heroes travel the world by land, sea, and even air. It’s like if you took the elements of the adventure story of “Raiders of the Lost Arc,” the epic battles of “Lord of the Rings,” and combined it all into one superhero film.
The best part, however, you don’t have to worry about continuity. The problem a lot of filmgoers have about superhero films these days is that too many of them require knowledge about the backgrounds and history of previous films. For example, while “Avengers: End Game” is an amazing film, unless you’ve seen the entries before it, you’re going to be lost when it comes to character motives and history. That’s not a problem for “Aquaman.” The film provides all that you need to know about our hero and focuses the rest on telling a story.
“Aquaman” is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, along with some language. All in all, this a superhero film for filmgoers of all ages. The action, the story, and even the effects are woven together to make an unforgettable blockbuster for all. Which is why the final score for “Aquaman” is a 9 out of 10!
Matthew Mendisana is a Lynn University alumnus. While he possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, it’s the arts that attracted his attention. He currently serves as a Journalist and Copy Editor to the Coastal Breeze News and is working on becoming a Published Author.