So many fish, so little time.
BQB here with a review of “Aquaman.”
I’m just going to say it. This movie is solid. I think “Wonder Woman” was better. There were some parts of this movie that were silly and it’s a half hour too long (two and a half in total) but it’s a feast for the eyes, very beautiful with a lot of colors and great action.
In other words, DC/Warner Brothers screwed the pooch by getting the super friends together first in “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League.” Rather, they should have intro’d all the heroes in their own films with an ongoing subplot that ties them all together i.e. the Marvel model.
Oh well. Perhaps now that the super heroes are doing the solo act, DC/Warner will be able to figure out their piece of the comic book movie pie.
Suffice to say, Aquaman aka Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is half Atlantian and half human, the product of a lighthouse keeper (Don’t know the actor’s name) getting his fuck on with a runaway Atlantian queen (Nicole Kidman).
Note that this is the second movie in recent years where a human fucks a fish person so Hollywood might be into some pervery behind the scenes but I digress.
The hard task here was to make a likable Aquaman, one who is cool and awesome that you want to root for. The problem is that Aquaman has always been the joke of the superhero universe. You scoff but think about it. Given your choice of superpowers, you’d surely choose flight or indestructibility or invisibility or any host of awesome skills before you’d say, “I want to be able to boss dolphins around.”
But the filmmakers lived up to the challenge here. Arthur lives among humans, an outcast not welcome in Atlantis, using his abilities to save people and is fresh off of helping the JL save the world from Steppenwolf.
Alas, Arthur’s half-brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson) (the product of a fish person fucking another fish person and call me old fashioned but that’s the way it should be) is solidifying his power with the other fish kingdoms with the help of another fish person king (Dolph Lundgren doing the most acting he’s ever done in his entire career) and seeks to lead a vast army to the surface world to destroy and conquer.
Ergo, it’s up to members of the Atlantian royalty to commit treason and help Arthur overthrow the king. Those traitors include Vulko (Willem Dafoe who looks out of place in this movie and literally at any minute you end up wondering if he’s just going to look at the screen and break the fourth wall and say, “How the fuck did I end up playing a fish man in this schlock? I was in Platoon, for Christ’s sake!”
And of course, there’s love interest, Mera, played by Johnny Depp’s one who got away Amber Heard. Mmm boy, now there’s some sushi I wouldn’t mind in my take-out box.
Hmm. That comment was probably inappropriate. Oh well. Good thing only 3.5 people read this blog.
Did I mention there’s a kickass fight scene in Italy with Black Manta (Yahya Abdul Mateen II?) I enjoyed the visuals but also the entire time as Aquaman and Manta pummeled each other I wanted to call my travel agent and book a trip to this exotic locale.
There are a few moments where it is absurd but the absurdity comes with a bit of self-awareness. For example, SPOILER ALERT, Willem Dafoe makes a more skeptical than usual face when the long lost, thought to have been executed queen (Kidman) returns. Heard shrugs it off and tells him, “It’s a long story. I’ll tell you later.”
I took that as a wink as if the writers were telling me, a member of the audience, “Yeah, we’re sorry we couldn’t think of a reason why she’s back but aren’t you glad she is? By the way, keep plunking down your ticket money and we’ll tell you why she’s back when we figure it out.”
Overall, the flick is a good time and a sign that if DC/Warner take their time and worry more about putting out good movies rather than rushing to put their characters together, it will pay off.