Aquaman Review: Jason Momoa will take you to an extravagant underwater ride

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Director – James Wan

Cast – Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Willem Dafoe

Rating – 4/5

“My father was a light housekeeper; my mother was a queen… My parents were from different worlds and I was the product of the love that never should have been.” – Arthur Curry.

Marvel fans beware! DC’s ‘Aquaman’ is here to take the superhero clad to an all new different level.

Jason Momoa’s funny dialogues, combined with some insane action set pieces, make for convincing reasons to watch ‘Aquaman’.

Jason Momoa reprises his role as the ‘Ocean Master’ in DC’s newest standalone superhero film after making brief appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

The film, which serves as the origin story for the king of the underwater civilization Atlantis, begins as all other heroes’ stories do.

Plot:

The story starts with the birth of the half-human protagonist ‘Arthur Curry’ played by Jason Momoa to a flesh-and-blood lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison) and a princess of an underwater kingdom Atlantis (Nicole Kidman) fleeing an arranged marriage.

Though he is touted as the local superhero who uses his abilities to save people from danger, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan to save the underwater city of Atlantis — and the surface world from his power-hungry brother King Orm.

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Not to forget, Princess Mera (Amber Heard) almost equally stand a chance of blowing some minds with their commanding and stylish performance in the film, who accompanied Arthur to almost everywhere.

Aided and advised by two Atlanteans, Princess Mera and his mentor Vulko (Willem Dafoe), Arthur is drawn into the mission to stop King Orm from pushing the world to the brink of war.

Now, that’s how you portray women in 2018!

Visual Effects:

Under the guidance of director James Wan, Aquaman is joyfully inventive visually, filled with swooping long-take fights and extravagant seascapes. The underwater world of Atlantis is a beautifully realized fantasy realm complete with different places and tribes, giving the film a genuine depth.  From the breathtaking visuals of Sahara deserts to the grandeur Atlantis, the movie has it all!

Casting:

Our very own Dothraki Chief Khal Drogo from the Game of Thrones aka Jason is worth mentioning for easily carrying himself in the skin of Aquaman. Momoa is a powerful force, bringing forth the dimensions of the struggle of a hero who is at first reluctant to jump into battle, but after he has overcome his reservations, goes all out to live up to the power superhuman powers bestowed on him – the Ocean Master.

Patrick Wilson, the famous Ed Warren from the ‘Conjuring’ series is magnetic as Aryan Atlantean King Orm, who can’t get over Arthur being mixed-breed.

Unlike Disney Princesses, Amber Heard’s resourceful and determined Mera is the one pushing Aquaman on their quest and is the perfect foil to his brash bravado.

Even the secondary villain – Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul Mateen II is given a patiently developed plot and his praiseworthy for essaying the baddie so easily.

Last but the main is to be given to Nicole Kidman’s warm performance as the conflicted Queen Atlanna, Temuera Morrison endearing turn as Arthur’s dad Tom Curry, that resonate fiercely and make us believe that love has no walls, no boundaries.

The movie hit Indian theatres on December 14.

Now, we can say… “The King is finally here……”