'Aquaman' is an undeniably fun popcorn movie that's a mix between 'Power Rangers' and 'Tron'
- "Aquaman" is a fun action movie with stunning CGI throughout.
- The movie also has some outlandish costumes, talking crabs, and a scene in which a large octopus plays the drums.
- It is the quintessential 21st century blockbuster.
The latest release from Warner Bros.' DC Comics Extended Universe is "Aquaman," which has already broken box-office records in China, and now looks to put the DCEU back on track following the poor reception of last year's "Justice League."
The legendary DC character comes stateside on December 21, and it's easy to see why the movie is already finding success. Director James Wan ("Saw," "The Conjuring," "Furious 7") has concocted an action-packed story that's partly a redemption tale, partly a coming-of-age story, but with a entertaining low-stakes feel that can be best described as a mix between a "Power Rangers" movie and the classic 1982 Disney movie "Tron."
This really is the quintessential 21st century popcorn movie. Almost every shot in it has CGI surrounding the actors, it has a diverse cast, and there's enough action in it that you'll never feel bored (though it has close to a 2:30 running time).
Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry, aka "MY MAN!" Aquaman, the son of the Queen of Atlantis, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and lighthouse keeper, Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison). Arthur grows up on land but is the heir to the throne of the legendary underwater kingdom.
But things change when Mera (Amber Heard) appears from the water to convince Arthur to come back with her and take the throne from King Orm (Patrick Wilson), who is making a move to wage war on the human race.
Arthur finally decides to follow Mera when a giant wave washes battle ships and pollution onto the shores across the world. But Arthur must get the powerful Trident of Atlan to unite all the factions and become the undisputed king. So Arthur and Mera go on a quest for the trident that leads them everywhere from the Sahara, to Sicily, and even the center of the Earth.
"Aquaman" is dazzling to watch. For a movie like this, the CGI has to be top notch, and it's one of the highlights. Momoa brings a great mix of charm and comedy to the Aquaman role, where all that was really required was looking good with his shirt off and fighting. Heard is great playing the straight man to Momoa's silliness, and gets plenty of moments kicking butt on her own. Plus, there's an 80s era electronic score through the entire movie that works well.
But the movie is such a good time it's easy to let all of that pass. And I look forward to the next Aquaman adventure.