Aquaman movie review: Here's what the critics are saying
New Delhi : Aquaman features Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Yahya Abdul Mateen-II in key roles. The film is under the directorial supervision of James Wan and as of now, achieved the 2.5 stars out of 5 in the rating meter.
Carrying the adventure genre, Aquaman has exceptionally classy special effects and visual gloss. It has familiar tropes of the comic-book superhero which acts breathlessly with no pauses. The storyline jumps headlong into the story of the half-human protagonist's birth to a flesh-and-blood lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison) and a princess of an underwater kingdom (Nicole Kidman) fleeing an arranged marriage.
Interesting, after every ten minutes, the plot takes a new turn and comes up with a fresh twist, introducing another character. By the time you turn your heads around, you may get to know some other direction. The film may create platform super exciting but constant blurring tends to get a touch tiring, not the least because Aquaman clocks in at a little under two and a half hours, significantly more than the standard length of a superhero film.
James Wan, in his first superhero film, has proven conjurer of money-spinning supernatural horror flicks, often plays to his strengths, lending the overlong, pulpy saga great momentum and a high degree of kinetic energy by moving from one location to another - from the coast of Maine to the depths of the ocean to the Sahara desert to the city of Sicily.
Every big idea may come with mix and match but all the actions recreated is dazzling and convincing.
Conversely, the film is a meta-human protagonist, played with vim and vigour by Jason Momoa, holds his ground in an all-out war to save the 'surface world' from the evil plans of the king of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, Orm (Patrick Wilson), who aspires to unite the seven underwater kingdoms and assume the title of Ocean Master.
The alarm bells rings loud at the time of action. Helped and advised by two Atlanteans, Princess Mera (Amber Heard) and his mentor Vulko (Willem Dafoe), Arthur Curry/Aquaman is drawn into the mission to stop King Orm from pushing the world to the brink of war. On the baddie's side are Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), intent upon vengeance for the killing of his father in a piracy attempt thwarted by Aquaman, and King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren), who has promised the hand of his daughter Mera to Orm. Mera, of course, has other ideas.
Lastly, there are a few rousing battle scenes which are worth-watching. It's better to watch at least one in the theatre screen. What say!