My Mother was the Queen of Atlantis. She fell in love with my father, a human and then I was born. She was driven back to the seas, when I was just a boy, but then she went missing. Atlantis is looking to a new ruler, but is now under the threat of my brother, the Ocean Master, who wants the throne by inciting war between my two worlds. My name is Arthur Curry and I must reclaim the throne as King of Atlantis and I am the only person who can stop him. I am, Aquaman.
For those familiar, I think I could have come up with a better one (considering I wrote a different one 4-6 times or even more), but I’m finding these amusing. Hopefully I will stop soon. But for now, it gets the job done and just as it states, as jokingly as I do them, this is the synopsis of the film. Yes, there is more detail packed into this movie, so I’ll go into it a little trying not to spoil anything.
Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), a man who is born of two completely different worlds continues to do what he feels is right, living life and saving those less fortunate – being a hero. Having been contacted by his long-time friend, Mira (Amber Heard) who continues a conversation |they had in Justice League about the division of Atlantis, Arthur is essentially, not interested in any of the politics of Atlantis as he believes he is not of that world and he will not be accepted due to not being of full Atlantian blood. He doesn’t want to get involved with the hierarchy of the people or becoming their King, but he is then thrust into the situation when his brother Orm Marius (Patrick Wilson), decides to take the position to, not only be the king, but to incite war among the land dwellers, his home. Arthur must stop his brother, gain acceptance by the people of Atlantis and reclaim the throne as the true king! Oh, and have a great adventure along the way.
This film has many different tones to it, but he manages to bring it altogether without it feeling disjointed. The film succeeds in being a comic book movie with some light-heartedness, some horror/terror elements and family dynamics that doesn’t actually bore you to death, but this possibly could be due to the relentless action and terrible chopping, editing and “jump-scare” explosions that occur throughout.
I felt the film, although over two hours jumped from scene to scene quickly and the lack of character development meant that some characters could have been cut out of the movie altogether. A specific character (in whom I will not mention) could have been introduced briefly only to be a major foil in the sequel. Their storyline ultimately did nothing for the film or the character. They will probably bring the character back anyway, but the film was unnecessarily long due to this.
Although, loosely connected to the same universe as Man of Steel, Wonder Woman and Batman vs Superman, Justice League and Suicide Squad, it would be interesting to see where they will go next with the sequel they have mentioned for Suicide Squad or Birds of Prey and it seems as though Warner Bros do not know what they are doing although they are slightly righting the ship, but they could easily mess it up at this point.
Although, some great action set-pieces and a decent story with decent acting, I won't be in a rush to see this movie again. However, if you liked Aquaman the ultimate surfer bro from Justice League, then you will like this movie too. I guess at this point we are wondering when they are going to trip up since they seem to be on a winning streak, WB. It can only last soo long, right? RIGHT? Well let's hope so!