I watched Aquaman and I liked it.
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TLDR – Too Long Didn’t Read
I enjoyed it! And DC is trying to get back into the game with full might. If we compare it with Marvel, then it is not a fair fight. And why we must do that you may ask, and the reason is that it tries to ape the competitor which honestly takes away the authenticity and essence of the character methinks. DC is serious, let’s just work with that, please.
Aquaman has the best Hero’s entry
Look at those Tats! Image source – Nerdist
The origin story is way better compared to Aquaman portrayal in the previous outing. He was way too goofy in Justice League which honestly didn’t work for the character and it didn’t work for me. I know they are going for funnier Aquaman but… meh. Compared to Aquaman’s first outing in Justice League the origin story wins hands down. It’s clever and CGI looks good. It also tries VERY hard to be funny which is also my major grouse against the movie that otherwise shines through.
The twinkle in the eye. Image source – The wrap
Acting wise I’ll say I became a fan of Jason Momoa’s body art. His entry in the movie is one of the best I have seen in a long time. That smoldering look, with wavy colored hair and bouncy curls, I can watch it again. But that’s where the admiration stops, mostly.
Aquaman tries hard to be hilarious
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Jason Momoa can act, but his character is made funny for the heck of it. It has been implied he has anger issues but the scene showing his hot temperament is missing and honestly, I found him to be a 30 something fella with arrogance and a throwback to the teenage rebellion days which is also how most of the jokes are designed around the character. Yeah some may find it funny, but those will be only hormonal teenagers, and maybe the makers want to get money spending audience ( like adults) to enjoy the movie too, you know. Thor’s last outing was smashing, and that’s what the makers of Aquaman were aiming for methinks. I think they fell short in that department. It’s slightly amusing, the antics of Arthur/ Aquaman and that’s about it.
Mega-talented William Dafoe is wasted and underutilized
He is wasted as a good guy! Image source – WhatCulture.com
I found William Dafoe terribly underused. His on-screen creepiness persona needs to be exploited people, I mean what made the makers zero down on him as the mentor? I want him to play the terrifying crusader like a character that chills you to the bone because that man can play it like a boss. But here we are where we find him miscast as a mentorish character to guide the Aquaman and I’m like okay, alright fine.
The chemistry between Mera and Arthur feels forced
Then we have Mera, the ballsy heroine who means business and love interest for Arthur/Aquaman. She’s, of course, is the assertive one and is way too one dimensional for my taste. Yeah we get it she’s tough as nails, now show me another shade of her, please. Yea you guessed it right, their chemistry lacked heat. Amber Heard is prettiest, and Jason Momoa is whoa but together they lacks charisma, witticism and the adorable quality that makes couple popular. The makers did try to replicate cute interactions but weren’t able to harness them in the movie in the right proportions.
Can Aquaman save the Hollywood DC Movie Universe
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If you think Aquaman can salvage the DC universe then LOL no. Wonder Women did it in its own way because of plot-driven original story where the lead protagonist is equally smashing and shows a new world in bright light, but in case of Aquaman, it has too many holes for me to give it two thumbs up. Okay, you might think this is the part where I hate the movie, but NO there are some gems!
Nicole Kidman is kickass
She’s gorgeous in the movie. Image source – Comic Book.
Nicole Kidman. Enough said. She shines in the little time she got. She’s so graceful why isn’t she making more movies? Oh boy, does she kicks ass in the movie! I was all like whoa, wait what is happening! The action scene with her, in the beginning, was amazing totally worth a second watch just for her.
That dewy look can be achieved after kicking ass of a few assailants. Image source – Heroic Hollywood
Also the scene when she meets Arthur for the first time, well THAT is the chemistry I’m talking about. Make a movie with these two titans and you got my complete attention. Kidman plays mother to Arthur but they both look so good together that you want them to stay there a little longer. Maybe play a couple, no no DEFINITELY play a couple in love.
The villain could have been more menacing
Image source – Polygon Also not menacing enough
Orm doesn’t look younger than Arthur!! How Patrick Wilson is playing his younger brother lord only knows. He isn’t really cold killer too. He only kills because a villain is supposed to kill someone. And that too, right in the climax. I’m waiting like when is he actually gonna do what villains do, you know. I like my villains as cold-blooded murderers, instead, Orm not only has a valid point to declare war on the surface dwellers, his presence is not strong enough compared to other stalwarts. In the end, I enjoyed the climax where at least he tries to take charge.
Black Manta was totally underutilized
I found it Black Manta unnecessary in the movie. The story arc for black manta seemed way too forced and I realized that if you remove the character from the movie, it has NO influence in the entire movie progression. It’s such a huge waste. Also the character I found it underdeveloped.
This scene was funny. Image source – Themarysue.com
Now don’t throw the comic book at me people, you are better than that, my point being that Black Manta looks way too sleek and awesome to be reduced as a henchman with no proper conclusion to the character. It’s also one of the bigger disappointments in the story.
Just a cool Aquaman thought to share here. And DC decided to make the movie funny, sigh. Image source – DC comics
These are some detailed ranting of the movie, but in all Aquaman deserves a one time watch. Two-time watch if you’re a fan of Nicole Kidman. And Jason Mamoa’s tats.