REVIEW: Aquaman [2018]

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edited March 11 in Movie Reviews

“What could be greater than a King?” “A Hero”

PEx Rating: 9.5/10
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

King? Hero? Why not both? The latest superhero movie to come out of the DC Universe, Aquaman brings to life the story of Arthur Curry, a half-human, half-Atlantean hero struggling to find his place in the world. Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Patrick Wilson, this blockbuster offering is set to make a lot of waves all around the world in more ways than one.

As a child of two different worlds, Arthur Curry never really belonged to either one. Spending all of his youth training to be king of a world he does not want to be a part of. However, when both worlds are threatened, Arthur sets on a quest with Mera, a princess of Atlantis, to retrieve the golden trident of the first king of Atlantis and reclaim his rightful place on the throne. They travel across the underwater kingdoms, facing threats from above and below in their quest to save all that they hold dear whether in land or in sea.

Aquaman is your quintessential superhero movie in that it takes special effects to the next level. The underwater scenes, in particular, are a visual feast of colors and hues. Every Atlantean world bears its unique look, with director James Wan creating a whole new universe under the surface of the ocean. The scenes above water are also impeccable, from the sands of the Sahara to the streets of Sicily. The costumes are very dynamic and integrated seamlessly with the backdrop, a far cry from how they actually felt as testified by the actors themselves. Fight scene after fight scene is done in breathtaking fashion, done in a way that does not feel too much from the first one early on up to the great final battle. Effects-wise, the film lived up to its billing and certainly did not disappoint.

However, more than the special effects, what the film excels at is world-building. More than just providing a standard superhero backstory, Aquaman takes us to underwater splendors we barely knew existed. Each creature and fiend is well thought of, and how the characters come into play as the story unfolds is one aspect to watch out for in the film. The plot itself started a little slow, as what can be expected when a universe is still being established, but the story soon picks up by the middle third and comes to a crescendo by the time the end credits are almost up. The characters themselves are a force to reckon with, with Jason Momoa reprising his role as the titular superhero from the deep. Amber Heard also shines as Princess Mera, Aquaman’s ally who is definitely no damsel in distress. Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren and Willem Dafoe make up the trio of Atlantean personalities, each coming into the story with his own agenda and motivations.  Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is also commendable as Aquaman’s nemesis, The Black Manta, while Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman round out the cast as Arthur’s parents, playing pivotal roles in how Aquaman comes into his own as king and hero.

Aquaman is looming as one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, and for very good reasons. More often than not, we see superhero movies that are either a visual treat with a flimsy plot, or an overcomplicated story which leaves viewers in a puzzle. However, just like the character, Aquaman proves that you need not sacrifice one in favor of the other, and that you could definitely have the best of both worlds.
 Aquaman, now showing in cinemas!



  • mhm1978mhm1978 Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    You wont regret wathcing this movie..
  • hitearthhitearth Member PExer
    kung gusto mo ng super cgi at hanep na sound effect then para sayo to. buti nalang may humor yung bida. i would suggest na panoorin to sa sinehan, for sure hindi to ganun kaganda pag sa PC or smartphone pinanood. 😂
  • shaq_attacks32shaq_attacks32 Mas CUTE and BIRD namin! PEx Expert 🎖️
    Very good movie 9/10
  • pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited December 2018
    The visual grandeur and world building plus action sequences are what makes this film floats. You must see this in IMAX!
  • akoaytao1234akoaytao1234 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Maganda tong film na to. Siguro weird lang set-up nung first third ng film. Medyo parang kulang kulang at minadali kaya medyo matutulala ka muna sa first part. Weirdly weaker yung CGI sa 'surface-area' part , napaka-fakish tingnan hehehe. Pero after that magpick-up na yung film. Lumevel-up yung story at yung CGI. Sobrang ganda lalo yung sa trench scenes na special effects. Buti charming si Momoa at Heard kaya keri lang yung sabaw moments ng script hehehe [7/10
  • UglySwanUglySwan PEx Rookie ⭐
    8.8/10 for me!! You wont regret watching this!
  • meowmeowkdollmeowmeowkdoll ⊂(◉‿◉)つ Kapuso Elite ⭐⭐
    8/10 for me. Perfect si Amber as Mera! 
  • jake_virusjake_virus PEx Rookie ⭐
    Money well spent. As expected from James Wan, he never disappoints!
  • maputikmaputik shalabalaba tuna Kapuso Elite ⭐
    Orm is my type of man

  • AnnyGrinAnnyGrin Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Aquaman, thought it was better than most in this series of comic book films, good effects and fights, was entertained for the whole length of the film without being bored, 8/10
  • coccomomoacoccomomoa PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Arthur is perfect and Mera is perfect as well :) Whoo! Can't get enough of this movie. Watched it so many times in cinema and now downloaded it :) 
  • RicoSato76RicoSato76 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I've seen this on 3D IMAX. It was an okay experience. Tried to infuse some humour in it (Like most of the Marvel movies nowadays), but these DC movies have been disappointing so far.
  • NalaGidaNalaGida PEx Rookie ⭐
    a great addition to the DC franchise  -- from the visuals, fight scenes, acting down to the storyline itself. It built much excitement for the succeeding films to come. 

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