The Atlantean child Orin, son to the Queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman), was abandoned as an infant and left to die; however, he was rescued and raised by a kindly lighthouse keeper. The keeper (Temuera Morrison) adopted the boy as his own son, renaming him Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). Able to survive the harshest depths of the ocean and on the surface world above, the child of two worlds grew to be a hero to both eventually returning to Atlantis to become their King in addition to being a founding member of the Justice League as Aquaman!
I have to admit, I’ve grown a bit soured towards this “DCEU” thing. I thought Man of Steel was one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen, and I was fully invested in Zack Snyder’s trilogy. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way, and Warner Bros. has decided to go a different way with the DC movies. Jason Momoa as Aquaman is one of the remnants of the DC Snyderverse, now in his own movie, brought to the screen by James Wan of Saw/The Conjuring fame. I’m surprised this movie actually happened, if we’re being honest. The drama behind the scenes at DC/WB i regards to the DC movies left a lot of a up in the air, but thankfully it came to fruition and we can see Aquaman lead his own movie for the first time in live-action history.
Aquaman is like the THOR of the DC universe. For me, it’s a character that I didn’t really care about until as recently as New 52, whereas Thor is that character for me when it comes to Marvel. I like Batman because it’s more grounded and gritty. Things like Thor and Aquaman are too fantastical for me. That’s not to say that I can’t enjoy them if I look past a few things. Thor is my least favorite MCU movie but I still recognize it as an entertaining movie. Aquaman was pieced together behind the scenes by a group of people with tremendous talent. I still rank it at the bottom of the list of recent DC movies. I’m a Batman v Superman kinda guy, and Aquaman is far-removed from that style, even though Momoa remains as the title character. It’s an entertaiing popcorn movie, which I’m guessing is all it was ever going to be.
Jason Momoa was pretty good as Aquaman. He definitely brought in an entirely different audience than the usual superhero output, because of the women who were interested in the movie mainly because of Momoa and his rock hard abs and smoky eyes. He’s a little less monosyllabic than he was in Batman v Superman, in which he mostly groaned in dudebro. He actually has lines to deliver and such this time around, so it’s fortunate that Momoa is a competent actor. He still groans out a couple of one-liners but he definitely commands the screen as the character. All together I enjoyed Aquaman. I think under the reigns of a different filmmaker it would be very difficult to make this movie, so thankfully we had James Wan to bring this to the big screen and now to our much smaller screens.
Warner Bros. Blu-ray release of the film is perfectly acceptable. The picture quality is crisp and clear, and the audio is wall-shakingly excellent. The extras are surprisingly more ample than your usual big studio new release, with extras that clock in just over an hour long, ranging from behind the scenes featurettes and interviews as well as a sneak peak of the upcoming DC Universe movie Shazam! Of course, also included is a digital copy of the movie to add to your Vudu or whatever service you use for your digital movie locker.