Aquaman Review: DC’s Superhero Film Is Stunning Spectacle and Wilderness

Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.

Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. 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.

Aquaman having fun and encourages you to go along with said fun. The action is some of the cleanest and most engrossing of the last few years, with immersive special effects work, a hilariously schizophrenic score and set pieces that each top the one preceding it. Somehow, Warner Bros produced an Aquaman movie wilder and more epic than the one Vinnie Chase starred in on “Entourage,” and they didn’t even need to get James Cameron to do it.

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language)

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: James Wan

Written By: Will Beall, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick

In Theaters: Dec 21, 2018 Wide

Runtime: 143 minutes

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Some Crtic reviews for Aquaman:

Amy Nicholson ( FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles))

The dumb parts of the movie are the best parts of the movie. I wish it had leaned into being more dumb.

Richard Brody (New Yorker)

Through it all, Jason Momoa… tosses off coyly bluff one-liners with understated humor that goes to waste in this bloated and sludgy movie.

Andrea Gronvall (Chicago Reader)

Veteran cinematographer Don Burgess’s widescreen images beguile, and Bill Brzeski’s production design impresses mightily. But next time, someone please give Momoa and company some memorable dialogue.

Noah Berlatsky (NBC News THINK)

The movie raises serious environmental issues, and then, rather than engaging with them. It shows us lots of fight scenes.

Dominic Griffin (Spectrum Culture)

Somehow, Warner Bros produced an Aquaman movie wilder and more epic than the one Vinnie Chase starred in on “Entourage,” and they didn’t even need to get James Cameron to do it.

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