REVIEW: Aquaman 
“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, now showing in cinemas!