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“Aquaman” fantastically mixes dazzling spectacle with Jason Momoa’s charisma!

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 25•18

This Christmas, I made an unconventional choice and dived deep underwater with “Aquaman”. Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa as the titular character, “Aquaman” introduces its conflict from the start. Queen Atlanna of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman in a small role) falls in love with a human after he saves her. They raise a child, Arthur Curry, together. Unfortunately, Atlanna must leave them as Atlantis-folk are forbidden to interact with the humans above. That sets up a common theme of divisiveness, where the people below take offense with the people above. Arthur must handle his status as someone of mixed blood as he is called to take control of Atlantis. Why? The current king, incensed at the pollution humans put in the seas, wants to destroy them.

“Aquaman” hits the ground running with a bouncy pace. You might expect a good portion to be devoted to how Aquaman trains. That’s not present (there’s just a few brief flashbacks to Aquaman’s training), which helps “Aquaman” quickly move to its more exciting bits. Solid supporting characters like Mera (Amber Heard) and Vulko (Willem Dafoe) prove their worth in a fantastical yet entertaining plot. There’s a bit of humor, but not too much to distract. “Aquaman” is more light-hearted than superhero films of late (“Avengers: Infinity War” for example).

Of course, the boldest and best part of “Aquaman” are the visuals. Make no mistake, this is the best-looking DC film I’ve seen. Underwater locales are vibrant with color and creatures. Action sequences are comprehensible and pulse-pounding. One highlight is a brief rooftop chase against mercenaries: the camerawork, which zooms around (seamlessly at times) between the heroes and villains, really sells this scene. The performances aren’t bad, too. Momoa has the charm, humor and muscles to make you root for him throughout the film. Nicole Kidman also makes the best of her role as Atlanna.

With all the fun I had, I noticed a couple missteps and oddities. Some of the action scenes were pretty good, but anticlimactic. The dialogue scenes were obviously edited to make the actors sound like they were underwater, but I couldn’t understand what they were speaking at times. A side villain disappears and never shows up in the film again. The visual effects at a few moments make the film look like a video game. “Aquaman” borrows heavily from clichés and films like “Black Panther” and it shows. A more original storyline would push “Aquaman” into masterpiece status.

Still, “Aquaman” is a delicious cake of a film. It’s clear from beginning to end that the director and actors had a blast making this film. Despite a little cheesiness, I relished it. It’s an experience I recommend you check out.

Have a Happy New Year!

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