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



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From 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.

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  • Mar 27, 2019
    Loud dumb fun and the movie knows it.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2019
    Sure, this is no smart or particularly clever film. But you gotta admire how it embraces its comic origins, tacky costumes with colorful oversized helmets, octopuses playing drums, Dolph Lundgren with pink hair, armored sea horses and all. Thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously and has a pretty charismatic leading man who takes the film through a few silly scenes too. But you can't say you've seen most of this ever before, there are just so many locations, creatures, designs, concepts. It's no short movie by any means, but it's fun from beginning to end. Megalomania done right.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2019
    DC makes a hard turn toward the fantastical with James Wan's Aquaman. When King Orm attempts to unite the kingdoms of Atlantis to attack the surface world Princess Mera seeks out the help of Arthur Curry, the king's half-brother, to stop Orm's coming war. Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman, the film has an impressive cast. And, the special effects are pretty good; featuring a lot of interesting set and creature designs, creating a fascinating new world within the DC Universe. However, the plot is formulaic and the Atlantis mythology is rather bizarre. Still, despite some problems, Aquaman is an incredibly fun and entertaining action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2019
    If Wonder Woman was the DCEUâ(TM)s equivalent to Captain America: The First Avenger, then Aquaman is its Thor. But thereâ(TM)s another more recent and apt comparison â" Venom. Yep. Both are dumb, trashy, critic-proof outings that relied entirely upon the charisma of its main lead, and yesâ¦both are fun as hell. Because you know. Comic book movies are supposed to be colorful and fun on occasion. Plot isâ¦irrelevant and you wonâ(TM)t remember a month later. Youâ(TM)re here for probably two reasons: Jason Momoa and/or Amber Heard. (Admit it.) Momoa is by no means a great actor, but he possesses great comedic timing and he allows his physicality to act for him, to the joy of the female audience, no doubt. He appears to enjoy himself and for a fluffy picture of this nature, this is enough. Amber Heard is better on the acting side of the equation, but she has little romantic chemistry with Momoa. What saves their scenes is a generous helping of comedy and the sheer fact that both are ridiculously good-looking people grinning their way through the explosions. There are a lot of problems. Itâ(TM)s overstuffed, the second act is a slog, performances are off, the CGI probably wonâ(TM)t age well in ten years, and the whole thing is a bit goofy to be honest. I mean yes, itâ(TM)s a goddamn Aquaman movie â" you have to admire how straight they went with this. But itâ(TM)s jarring at times. Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, and Patrick Wilson are quite good and the final battle is an Avatar-esque barn burner of a set piece. Director James Wan is quite good at giving audience pleasing thrills and itâ(TM)s no surprise he delivers those here. I personally found it to be an alright experience, but I suspect Shazam! will provide the farce that I prefer. Youâ(TM)ve already seen this, but if you havenâ(TM)t then watch it on Netflix on a really big monitor. Got to experience those abs in high definition.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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