Aquaman (2018) – Review

Aquaman is directed by James Wan and stars Jasom Momoa as Arthur Curry, son of a human man and atlantean Queen, who has to fight his half brother, who’s also King of Atlanta Orm, as he’s trying to declare war on the surface world.

The DC Extended Universe, or DCEU movies have been very divisive and for the most part very underwhelming. Wonder Woman managed to exceed all expectations, but from Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League they weren’t very well received, although a lot of fans will defend them. Aquaman, is a very welcome improvement, but doesn’t managed to meet the heights it is expected to.

The positives

The movie manages to make you love the character of Arthur Curry, he hates Atlanta because they killed his mother, and he feels guilty because, Atlanta killed her mother because she gave birth to him, a Half breed.

The actions sequences are very diverse, they have hand to hand combat, which I particularly loved. They had a war with sea creatures, which are quite good, nothing too out of this world. It certainly had A LOT of bombastic moments, some of them were amazing, but some of them quite out of place.

The 3rd act, specially the fight between Aquaman and Ocean Master was great, if I have to make any comparisons, Aquaman’s third act manages to be better than Wonder Woman.

The visuals are stunning, I think the strongest point of the movie really. It just takes you on a great ride, and leaves the audience mesmerized each step of the way. The CGI was very pleasant, at some parts a bit distracting, but nothing too bad really.  When Curry is first sees Atlanta, his reaction was exactly my reaction. WOW!

The negatives

First thing I really have to mention when talking about negatives, it’s the score. The score and sound editing were really distracting, the movie was really too loud in moments it doesn’t need to be.

Like i mentioned before, Aquaman packs a lot of bombastic moments, but sometimes it is so much, that it becomes a distraction. They should have taken more time with the characters individually, because aside from Arthur Curry, all the characters around aren’t too interesting. We just get a peak behind the current to all of this characters, Mera (Amber Heard), Vulko (Willem Defoa), Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren). There’s this moment where Mera who is Nereus daughter confronts him, and finds out he wants this war just as much as Orm (Patrick Wilson), but you don’t know the characters of King Nereus, you don’t know why he wants this war, so it makes this moment, and much others not as impactful as they should be.

And the most annoying part of the movie, was King Orm, they completely missed an opportunity. They missed an opportunity to make his character iconic, they missed an opportunity to explore the concept of ocean pollution. Unfortunately they only scratched the surface. It was really annoying seeing them, brush off the good opportunity they had, just to keep using their bombast action sequences.

final thoughts

I thought it was a fun and entertaining movie for sure. Specially comparing to most of it’s DCEU counterparts. The visuals were really stunning and the movie takes you on a great adventure. I found myself always rooting for the main character, and the good guys.

But  Aquaman should have sacrificed some of it’s bombastic and colorful sequences and give more time to other characters. Which was quite surprising to me, to see that happen with someone like James Wan behind the camera. The DCEU just need to treat their characters a bit more like humans with depth with them.

Besides all the problems, I was still quite entertained by the movie. I’m quite excited to what the DCEU has to offer us next

RATING: 6/10