Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Willem Dafoe
After his introduction in last year’s Justice League film, Aquaman gets his own stand-alone adventure. A unitard-clad metahuman (Nicole Kidman) is found unconscious by a lighthouse keeper Tom Curry. The next morning Curry learns that the lady is Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis but has no idea what that place was. She tells him that she is on the run and the next thing we see on the screen— Curry kissing the Queen. Needless to say, they fall in love. Soon, Atlanna gives birth to their child whom they name Arthur aka Aquaman. Her happy family of three gets attacked by a bunch of intruders from Atlantis who have come to bring their Queen back. Arthur is now an awkward teen discovering his powers and realising that he can survive both on land and in underwater environment and even control all sea life. However, he gets stuck between these two worlds as he is unwanted by both sides. Later he is told that he has a half-brother named Orm (Patrick Wilson) in Atlantis who is about to declare a war upon the surface world and that only he could stop him and what happens next is the rest of the film.
This is one of the best DC films that has been made till now and is clearly on par with Wonder Woman.
Technically the film is good. Cinematography by Don Burgess is great. Kirk M. Morri has also sharply edited this film. The VFX used in the film is quite brilliant and the climax makes it worth watching in IMAX. The background score is also good. The script is well executed and the makers have saved a series of satisfying surprises for the climactic stretch, thrilling audiences before they leave the theater.
Performances from the cast have been great. Jason Momoa has added layers to the character of Arthur and played the Aquaman exceptionally. Heard’s Mera as his equal who can show him his place is fantastic. Kidman gives a warm performance and Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s dad is endearing.
Director James Wan has managed to deliver one of the finest DC films which is a treat to watch. He will keep the DC fanboys talking!