Film Review: Aquaman (2018)
My rating: ★★☆☆☆
There are many comical moments in the film but I didn't really find it funny. Not when compared to films like Thor, where the humour is always well placed.
When Mera and Arthur arrive at The Trench (where the trident lies)... the film finally picks up momentum... the monsters look cool, the effects are decent and yay, Nicole Kidman is back! Her hair is dishevelled and grey, her catsuit is worn, and she wears additional survival armour after being stuck in The Trench for 20 years, I was so glad to see her again!!
Arthur then of course gets the trident (I must admit this was a much better scene then the first half of the film) ... and heroically appears in front of his mother and Mera in his new gold scaled armour. I don't know if its because the film wasn't that great, or that I have a Fashion Design background, but I really wanted to know how that armour came about. Did the golden scales rise up from his skin upon holding the trident, or was it more like a magnetic effect where the golden scales came from around him and clung to his body. I wanted to know these details!! The whole film was about him becoming the true King and when 'Kings' traditionally go into battle, there is always a scene with them putting on their armour!!
Anyway, the ultimate battle scene is about to happen, with millions of armed sea creatures...the sea horses were interesting but I found myself wondering if orcs and goblins looked cooler. Mera appears in her green catsuit to join the fight but this time with her tiara. I mean, she really wouldn't have had time to go and put her tiara on, this is a massive fight scene... it was such an eyeroll moment for me.
Most of the film felt like a huge eyeroll to me and by the last scene, the only thing that really interested me was the embellishment technique used on Nicole Kidman's royal gown and crown.
I wish it was either humour based like Deadpool or darker and more 'serious' like Batman. The Black Manta character was an absolute joke and reminded my boyfriend and I of the Power Rangers rather than watching a cool DC film. Amber Heard as Mera was OK but her character was purely to act as a love interest which felt super old-fashioned and to model a jellyfish dress which under different circumstances could have been interesting but seemed desperate for attention. Willem Dafoe did what he could but its a shame he didnt' have any cool fight scenes. Lastly, Jason Momoa as Arthur/Aquaman did what was needed and also shone a light on diverse casting (Aquaman from comic books is caucasian/blonde) but the storyline did him no favours. Star of the show if you haven't guessed already was Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Aquaman's mother who had approx 30 minutes total screen time.
Probably a great, straightforward action/fantasy film for kids to enjoy, but not up to scratch against the other DC films and wasn't worth my trip to the cinema.