DC Comics is back and is hoping to close off the year on a good note with the hope that their latest blockbuster lasts long in the memory of many. In Aquaman there’s no doubt that the studio has a more than solid offering to achieve that. A character which has always been part of the DC comic book series and universe, the real life version of it is played by the intriguing and beyond awesome Jason Momoa (huge fans of him we are). Such is his natural intrigue and badass look that we can’t argue with the choice of him assuming the role. This was more than evident when we first saw him in action in the recent DC superhero movie ensemble, Justice League.
By now it’s no secret that DC is in a huge battle with Marvel who, it’s safe to say, have more than won the battle however that doesn’t mean there’s no space for DC despite all of that. We especially still enjoy what the studio comes up with and when you consider the rich characters it has under its stable (including Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, The Green Arrow, the Joker, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke etc.) you can’t argue with this.
Cast – Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II & Nicole Kidman
Director – James Wan
Genre – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Running Time – 2h 22m
The Plot & Trailer
Prior to officially watching the movie, a lot of what we saw from some reputable international sites was promising with the words visually stunning being thrown around regularly. After officially seeing it for ourselves we couldn’t dispute that even if we tried. This is one of the best visually appealing movies we have seen to date and the fact that most of the elements were done in an underwater setting makes it even more spectacular. Like Wonder Woman, DC opted for a slightly different approach with this one and no doubt in both movies the studio has a winning formula.
You might be wondering what we mean by slightly different approach, well generally DC has been known to produce movies that are very dark and moody in nature with the not so successful Dawn of Justice being a perfect example of that. In this instance though, Aquaman is lighter and fun in its approach perfectly led by the swag and charm of Momoa throughout. Everything in the movie is set up perfectly with it being very much an origins story. The only small criticism we have is the beginning felt very rushed with not much great effort being put into clearly defining the origins of our hero. With it being an origins story this goes without saying but that’s a small issue that hasn’t affected our overall views about the movie.
Aquaman is the perfect blockbuster to help wrap up the year, a year which has included some fantastic movies with this one being one of our firm faves. It’s a fun filled movie complete with moments of laughter and action, the perfect blend to any comic book based movie. No doubt DC did very well with this one and we are hoping that their momentum continues in their other upcoming offerings that include Shazam!, Birds of Prey, Joker and more. Well played DC and more of the same please going forward…Aquaman opens in cinemas on 21 December, seeing it is a no brainer. A very cool 8 out of 10 rating is what it gets from us.
Thank you to MNet Movies (in partnership with Ster Kinekor) for the screening.