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AQUAMAN – Review

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry in AQUAMAN (Warner Bros. (c), still photo by Mark Rogers)

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Jason Momoa’s effortless charisma and a rich score from Rupert Gregson-Williams are all that prevent the DC universe’s latest voyage from totally capsizing. In all fairness, neither Aquaman or its leading man can be blamed for the reverse-engineered structure of Warner’s attempted rivalry to the MCU – our protagonist has already appeared in two previous instalments before this, his actual origins story. Nor can they be blamed for the simple fact that digital technology – as powerful as it is – simply isn’t able to convincingly deliver the vast underwater world demanded by the premise. In a comic book? Yup. In animated form? Fine. In a 143-minute ‘live action’ film? Give it five years and a breakthrough in swimming simulations, then we’ll talk.

In the meantime, however, this overstuffed adventure will have to tide fans over. Despite saving the surface world in Justice League, Arthur Curry (Momoa) refuses to accept his Atlantean heritage. His mother, Atlanna (a quite literally washed-up Nicole Kidman), fell for lighthouse keeper, Tom (Temuera Morrison, rather shoddily de-aged). But beneath the ocean waves, Arthur’s half brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), rules with an iron fist, planning to wreak havoc on the human world for their crimes against the environment. With the help of sea sorceress, Mera (Amber Heard, in a wig that the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race might generously deem “a bit much”), Arthur sets out to reclaim the all-powerful trident of Atlan and reclaim his soggy throne.

Director James Wan upturns the tech toybox to play out his kid-in-the-bathtub fantasy, but an enormous visual effects budget is all for naught when spread so unevenly. Giant seahorses, crab monsters and sharks with “frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads” are impressively rendered, but the compositing of human characters leaves much to be desired. There’s a difference between pushing the boundaries and simply pretending they don’t exist: watching the climactic showdown (two armies of pixelated humans astride copy-pasted monsters smashing into one another), I finally understood how audiences of 2002 felt, experiencing George Lucas’ unchecked digital ambition unfold. With the exception of one impressively physical fistfight in the bowels of a submarine, derring-do here is an entirely weightless, witless affair.

But that’s where similarities to the Star Wars prequels end. In 2018, such displays of extravagance are the norm, no longer the stuff of a single visionary auteur fusing Greek tragedy with the cutting edge of filmmaking. Plus, while clunky expositional dialogue wasn’t exactly thin-on-the-ground in Lucas’ trilogy, Aquaman positively drowns in its own storytelling. Besides Arthur’s main quest for the trident, we also have Orm’s uprising, numerous flashbacks to our muscleman’s childhood, and a second – more entertaining – villain in the shape of Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a pirate with a score to settle and the laser-spitting helmet to prove it.

So, let’s take stock: a central hairy hero’s quest to show his worth by reclaiming an ancient weapon, a lush fantastical world, a super-powered royal family, a sibling rivalry that threatens to lay waste to the outside world, and a secondary antagonist with a penchant for face-based plasma. Yep, it’s Kenneth Branagh’s Thor…with drumming octopuses!

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Patty Jenkins to Write, Direct and Produce WONDER WOMAN Sequel

….and we couldn’t be happier! Variety is reporting that the director is returning for the sequel to the highest-grossing female-directed movie of all time, WONDER WOMAN, which is slated for release on Dec. 13, 2019. Jenkins was already working with Geoff Johns to put together a script and she’s been very open about her desire […]

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WONDER WOMAN Review: The Superhero Movie of a Generation (spoiler free)

    Wonder Woman has been perceived as a difficult character to sell to the mainstream since…well always. Her first movie arrives in her eighth decade of life and, depending on who you ask, the obstacles between her and a solo screen outing have taken the form of sexism or perceived silliness. Sexism in that […]

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DC sort their sh*t out with Matt Reeves for THE BATMAN

  DC does not seem a happy place at the moment. Losing directors left (THE FLASH) and right (THE BATMAN) it’s been the subject of a lot of angst both from that vocal minority who worship Zack Snyder and his efforts so far and fear a move away from that, and those of us that […]

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Ben Affleck steps down as director of “The Batman”

In a Variety exclusive it is reported that Ben Affleck will step down as director of the upcoming movie “The Batman”. He will still remain both the start of the movie as well it’s producer. Read the full report at Variety Posted by Hype Follow @EyesSkyward

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Margot Robbie to star and produce in David Ayer-helmed GOTHAM CITY SIRENS

Good news, everyone! Or, well, y’know, news. The Hollywood Reporter is, ahem, reporting that Hollywood (sorry) fella David Ayer is set to direct the Margot Robbie vehicle GOTHAM CITY SIRENS – an all-female group of, you guessed it, villains. Or villainesses. Is that a word? Female baddies. Luckily, after the six-week fiasco that was the […]

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