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Jason Momoa's surf-bro superhero is a welcome addition to the superhero genre, but his movie as a whole is waterlogged.

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a five-course seafood dinner have an epic battle before your eyes (as infantile and wonderful as that sounds), ‘Aquaman’s final 20 minutes will be your new favorite thing. Gargantuan lobsters and crabs – hailing from the ‘Kingdom of Brine’, of course – rumble against weaponised sharks and an armada of creatures that swim by in a blur of bubbles. Howling above the din with his trident and golden armor is mega-tattooed Arthur (Jason Momoa, wearing this superhero stuff extremely lightly, and all the more charming for it), or, as he’ll come to be known, Aquaman.

As helmed by director James Wan, who has grown from 2004’s rough-and-ready ‘Saw’ into a playful steward of big-budget ridiculousness (‘Furious 7’), ‘Aquaman’ seems inspired by some of the more psychedelic panels devoted to DC Comics’s water-breathing warrior –pages filled to the brim with gob-smacked fascination with the world below, in all its colourful diversity. But getting to that delirious showdown feels like holding your breath for two hours. Certain audience members will care deeply about who becomes ‘Ocean Master’, the ruler from among the warring factions of the mythical city of Atlantis and elsewhere, just as there must be those who wonder about who will win ‘Game of Thrones’. But all the exposition is deadening, even with brave actors like Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe delivering it. ‘The king has risen,’ Dafoe intones, answering the film’s least suspenseful question (and possibly remembering when he starred in stuff like ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’).

Instead of trying to surf every wave, it’s better to let this one flow over you, like composer Rupert Gregson-Williams’s bloopy score, a lovable throwback to the 1970s work of synth wizard Jean-Michel Jarre. Some fleeting moments are inspired: a dark, plunging escape from the Creatures of the Trench, illuminated by a single red flare; a striding emergence from the sea scored to a dance cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’; a Sicily-set sequence in which Arthur and his redheaded squeeze Mera (Amber Heard, committed to the crazy) come off like honeymooners – until they start destroying priceless statuary like a pair of ugly Atlantean tourists. ‘Aquaman’ is more seawater than bongwater, unfortunately, but when it gets trippy, it floats within hailing distance of ‘Doctor Strange’.

By: Joshua Rothkopf


Release details

Release date:
Friday December 14 2018
143 mins

Cast and crew

James Wan
Will Beall, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Jason Momoa
Amber Heard
Willem Dafoe
Nicole Kidman
Patrick Wilson

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Ah... This movie delivered on everything I was hoping it would. It was action packed.. Good solid story line... Pretty amazing graphics and super smoking hot male protagonist.

Jason mamoa gave a fantastic performance... I mean yeah he's super hot which probably helped haha but in truth I think he did very well. Stars like Nicole kidman also made an appearance in this movie. It really was great fun to watch and my only regret is that I didn't watch it in 3d lol.


Jason Mamoa as Aquaman is definitely watchable. In other words, read drool-worthy! As Aquaman he needs to save the world. Sea world and land world become our one world. What should not be compatible (people from different elements), become compatible without barriers.There are clever special effects with hair waving as if in water. But how do those guys talk under water without any air bubbles escaping from their mouths? Slightly shorter would have worked well.


Anyone that's watched Game of Thrones won't be surprised that Jason Momoa in Aquaman is great. However, the movie as a whole was just too long. It was 2h23 minutes - I think it should've been 30-40 minutes shorter, and really captured our attention. My mum absolutely loved it though, so it really is down to eat individual. I would give this 3.5 out of 5, but as I don't have a half star option, I just can't bring myself to give it a 4. I got quite fidgety.