Review: AQUAMAN (2018)

“The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.”

You might remember when the reporters called the Aquaman footage they saw earlier as Indiana Jones meet Star Wars? Well, I can safely say now after watching it that I think their parable is pretty much a bullseye. It’s a thrilling ride in more than just one way. It’s action-packed, making you sit on the edge of your seat, while also pulling the heartstrings more than what you might expect. The chemistry between the cast is some of the best I’ve seen in any superhero film, with the best being Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morisson playing the parents of Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman.

If you are in the camp who had fears that Jason Momoa would ruin the movie because of his signature style, I say fear no more. They worked with his strength while giving us a live-action version that is worthy of the name of Aquaman. I would go so far that he makes Aquaman his own, in the same essence that Robert Downey Jr. makes Iron Man his own.

What makes it even better is that the rest of the cast works as well. If I was forced to pick a weak link, it would be Yahya Abdul-Mateen II‘s Black Manta. It’s not because he gives a bad performance. It’s because his character has the weakest writing.

Aquaman is the first movie where I find 3D being something beneficial, would you chose to see this in the theater, which is the first time it has happened since the first How to Train your Dragon in 2010. If this doesn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects, then we have a bigger snub then The LEGO Movie not getting nominated for Best Animated Movie.

If you are searching for something that is deep and philosophical, Aquaman is nothing for you. It’s a movie for the people that are searching for movies that can ease your fix for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and even to some degree Flash Gordon. It’s an epic adventure that knows what it is as well as what it wants to be.

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Co-host of the Amateur Otaku Podcast. A writer of many things. Loves everything nerdy from anime/manga to comics and video games. Fire Emblem is the greatest of all time.