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Review Aquaman (2018): One of the better DCEU films!

genre: comic book adaptation, super hero, action, adventure, science fiction







Against low expectations Aquaman managed to entertain me fully. While I was watching it. Haven't thought about anything that occurred in the film itself. Since it is one of those films that is fun while it lasts but has very little else to offer. 

This doesn't mean that Aquaman is meaningless or pointless. They do establish Aquaman as a competent and adequate super hero. That and there is a whole lot of world building going on that in hindsight might distract from the core story. Like many of the DCEU outings they are trying to do too much. Too many characters and worlds are thrown at you and you never have time to let things sink in since you basically roll from one action scene to another. And the action is everything it needs to be. Exciting and fun. Naturally this has a lot to do with Jason Momoa. He is an extremely likable guy and you can't help but root for him even if he makes mistakes. He also manages to make his relationship with Mera (Amber Heard) compelling while they don't have chemistry at all. Their banter is only witty because Momoa steals the limelight every time. Don't get me wrong. I do like Amber. But she didn't really make that much of an impression. 

Nicole Kidman however was awesome. I wasn't aware she was in it and I was pleasantly surprised. A real shame is that Temuera Morrison's role (father of Arthur / Aquaman) was very minimal. He deserves much better. I would have rather have them show more about the relationship he had with Nicole Kidman's character and forsake for example the Manta subplot. This subplot only serves as a reminder to Arthur and his responsibilities as Aquaman. But there was plenty of room for him to have learned this lesson in the main plot. And actually if you think about it, it's a bit odd that Arthur has to learn this lesson again since he kinda already did in Justice League.

I am not sure what more I could add. Perhaps the visuals. The colours do pop and it is amazing to see how they managed to recreate Aquaman's world. Much more vibrant and beautiful than the worlds displayed in previous entries of DCEU which makes sense since Aquaman is a whole lot lighter than previous films. Like they finally caught on that not all super hero films have to be as dark like the Batman films. I mean it worked for Batman because Batman is dark. But Superman? Wonder Woman? Aquaman? So it is nice and refreshing to see that Warner Brothers is capable of letting go of certain elements. Comic book films need to be fun in the first place. On top of that you could focus on other elements. Although DCEU should have had a plan like Marvel did. That and better directors. Or at leasts directors who are more in tune with the source material. 

In any case compared to the other DCEU films this clearly falls into the top tier. Entertainment wise I mean. Unfortunately it's a very forgettable film. So overall it's at least worth it to watch once.




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