Release Date: December 21
Budget/ Box-Office: $200M/ $488.2M
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, et al.
It’s no secret the DC cinematic universe (popularly known as the DCEU) has been off to a rocky start since it kick-started with 2013’s Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It wasn’t until 2017’s Patty Jensen’s Wonder Woman that it found its first critical win to go with the box office wins it’d grown accustomed to, and found its footing. The road to Aquaman was filled with uncertainties with many dubbing it a crucial point in determining whether the DCEU had a future like Marvel’s to look forward to, or a done affair. I’m happy to tell you this movie might just be the best in the DCEU, critically and commercially.
The movie, Aquaman, is a rollercoaster ride, one filled with unending entertainment. The main character, Arthur aka Aquaman is a delight to watch, and at a point I felt he was Khal Drogo on steroids, which, to me, is a good thing.
Director James Wan, best known for the Conjuring movies, does a terrific job especially with the underwater scenes, they’re so beautiful that even the little time spent outside of it caused me to sulk. In these preferred scenes, there are more fantastic creatures than in the entirety of the movie Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald. I know it might sound harsh to those who haven’t seen both movies, but in die time you’ll understand why I had to say so.
Patrick Wilson’s Orm is cool. His acting is solid, and I think he did justice to the character except in two scenes where he needed to scream like a gladiator (Spartacus style)… He just didn’t have it in him. It’s a trespass easily overlooked though, might not mean a thing to most people, so I guess I’m just overreacting. The main issue I have is with his character Orm and how he lacks any real motivation for his wanting to attack the surface world. I believe a better screenplay would’ve helped make the movie better generally.
1 There’s a giant crab-like creature that looks like one of the Kaijus from Pacific Rim.
2 Arthur’s surname, Curry, isn’t mentioned, not once. Neither are his initials, A.C. Correct me if I’m wrong.
3 Black Manta was decent.
4 With that ending, a sequel is definitely coming.
Directed by: James Wan
Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5