Aquaman - Review

Released December 21, 2018

Aquaman - This DC Comics movie is sabotaged in places by it's heavy CGI and tendency for too many pauses in the action to explain Atlantean mythology, politics and Aquaman's background, something that seemed easier to grasp as the actors talked to each other and did things versus the sudden narrative voices popping into the film, slowing everything down and turning it into sort of a slide show. These segments aside, the rest of the movie is a fairly quick-footed adventure tale in which Aquaman (Jason Momea) has to come to terms with a crown he doesn't want (he's a bastard son but all the same first in line of royal succession for the secretive Atlantic kingdom) and he and Mera (Amber Heard) have to run around the globe a bit to sort out what to do about the fact Aquaman's half-brother (Patrick Wilson) wants the crown and Aquaman dead. This global trip gives the film an epic feel much more than the gargantuan amounts of CGI endlessly pushing across the screen. How do Atlantans live? What do they eat? Are there TVs in their living rooms? Why are they always dressed in golden Lord of the Rings armor? No idea, but we see millions of them swimming around, but never get any sense of what they are other than underwater humans complaining about surface humans, and filling up a watery stadium to watch the two half-brothers fight each other. Black Manta is in the story, too (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) but it is peripheral to the main family fight of Aquaman's lineage. For all the money spent on this - $200 million is reported - one expects a smoother-run tale.

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