Monday, 17 December 2018

MPOV: Aquaman

My rating:
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Released: December 13, 2018
Director: James Wan
Casts: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Category: PG 13; fantasy, science fiction

In Maine, lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry rescues Atlanna, the princess of the underwater nation of Atlantis, during a storm. They eventually fall in love and have a son, Arthur, who is born with the power to communicate with marine lifeforms. Atlanna is forced to abandon her family and return to Atlantis, entrusting to her loyal adviser Nuidis Vulko the mission of training Arthur. Under Vulko's guidance, Arthur becomes a skilled warrior but is rejected by the Atlanteans for being a half-breed and ultimately leaves Atlantis behind.

One year after Steppenwolf's invasion, Arthur confronts a group of pirates attempting to hijack a nuclear submarine. Their leader, Jesse Kane, dies during the confrontation while his son, David, vows revenge against Arthur. David later targets Atlantis at the behest of Orm, Arthur's younger half-brother and Atlantis' king who uses the attack as a pretext to declare war on the surface. King Nereus of Xebel swears allegiance to Orm's cause, but his daughter Mera, who has been betrothed to Orm, refuses to aide them and journeys to the surface to ask Arthur for help, earning his trust by saving Thomas from a tidal wave sent by Orm. Arthur reluctantly accompanies Mera to a rendezvous with Vulko, who urges Arthur to find the Trident of Atlan, a magic artifact that once belonged to Atlantis’ first ruler, in order to reclaim his rightful place as king. They are ambushed by Orm’s men, and Mera and Vulko escape, while Arthur is captured.

Orm visits Arthur in captivity and announces that Atlanna was executed for the crime of having a half-breed son, blaming Arthur and the surface for her death. He offers Arthur an opportunity to leave forever, but Arthur instead challenges him to a duel in a ring of underwater lava. Orm gains the upper hand and nearly kills Arthur before Mera rescues him. Together, Arthur and Mera journey to the Sahara desert, where the trident was forged, and unlock a holographic message that leads them to Sicily, where they retrieve the trident’s coordinates. Meanwhile, Orm provides David with Atlantean armor and weaponry and sends him to stop them, imprisons Vulko upon learning of his betrayal, and coerces the remaining five kingdoms of Atlantis to pledge allegiance to him and his campaign against the surface.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

My verdict? This is an awesome movie! Jason Momoa is born to be Aquaman! The character fits him like a glove! Honestly, not just because he's eye candy ya... not forgetting the beautifully created Atlantis which looked heavenly! Of course, I was happy to see Nicole Kidman in an action movie, something unexpected as she's usually all dolled up LOL! Amber Heard was really cool as a red head and William Dafoe was unexpectedly chuffed as a good guy LOL! The funny part for me was Black Manta, supposedly evil yet kinda weak.

Overall, it's an entertaining and engaging movie from the start till the end. Some may say the dialogue is shallow or too much CGI but then this is a superhero movie which doesn't require a full scale dialogue and you can't create such movie naturally aside from using CGI. Unless you want it to look like way back then i.e. Ultraman. Also it was funny at some point!

The best part, I liked it when Orm sent a massive tidal wave and washed up the Earth's rubbish to the surface! Totally liked the Mother Nature hint here :-) Overrated or not, it is a movie worth watching in the cinema. There is a mid post credit teaser leading to the sequel.

A sequel is in talks now so we shall wait and see... hopefully we don't have to wait too long.
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