This edition of In Case You Didn’t See It is a tie-braker review. I recently had lunch with two friends who have seen DC’s Aquaman. One friend loved it, while the other friend didn’t. I was literally sitting in the middle when it was suggested for me to watch this movie and break the tie. In a word, my review is: yech!
In many words, Aquaman is a movie that succeeds in a couple of areas but fails in a bunch of others. The origin story of how Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) becomes Aquaman: King of Atlantis comes to the screen in a colorful process but the story is told in a weak manner. NOTE: Spoilers ahead.
One success element of the movie is that it’s a love story. Arthur is the product of the union between his human father and lighthouse keeper Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) and his Atlantis Queen mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman). This is where the appeal of the movie begins and ends. It’s clear that DC intended this movie to be a grand spectacle. Good special effects and well choreographed fight scenes are points toward the movie’s goal, but they don’t come close to making up for a weak story-line that depends too much on the Excalibur legend. Other flaws include weak character motivation (NO ONE important dies!), outdated CGI (not even as good as Avatar in 2009), useless characters (Manta comes to mind), and a two dimensional villain in King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
We don’t have enough time or bandwidth to go over all the short comings but suffice to say that this movie is not worthy of the acting talent in it. C’mon you’ve got Willem Dafoe in this for goodness sake! If you’re at home alone on a rainy Saturday afternoon and there’s NOTHING good on TV, mop your kitchen floor before you waste time watching this movie. Two stars out of five (sorry Charles, I agree with David on this one!)