Aquaman Movie Review – He’s also hunted by Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a pirate and mercenary with a personal vendetta against Aquaman and a high-tech suit augmented with Atlantean technology. Directed by Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) from a screenplay penned by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad), Aquaman casts Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, the child of Atlantean queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison), a human lighthouse keeper. The ghastly Orm has also hired gangster/mercenary David Kane, soon to be Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), with a bag of what look like rusty doubloons – are those legal tender in the US?
Aquaman Movie Review & Film Summary (2020)
Black Manta yells “Call me Black Manta!” Ocean Master yells “Call me Ocean Master!” Aquaman yells “I am Aquaman!” If you take a shot every time someone does a superhero landing, your liver turns into a puffer fish. Aquaman is one hell of a popcorn movie – a fun time and a big bet for the DC movie universe that pays off in creating an exciting new realm for future installments to hopefully explore further.
Warner Bros. Pictures took a big gamble on Aquaman, and although the final product isn’t a complete win, the film still pays off in big ways and achieves what many would have thought impossible a decade ago: It elevates Aquaman into the top tier of superheroes. Amid all of the outstanding visual elements of Aquaman, its unique aquatic aesthetic, and the entertaining performances from its cast, the final product still manages to feel a little hollow. Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman was widely regarded as one of that film’s highlights – along with Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller’s performances as Wonder Woman and Flash, respectively – and the small sample size in that 2017 team-up film proves to be a fairly accurate representation of what an Aquaman solo feature offers. In supporting roles, the film’s talented cast does a fine job of making the underwater acting and form-fitting costumes seem far less silly than they would have with less-invested actors.
A fight between Black Manta and Aquaman that unfolds across an Italian village in the film’s second act, for example, is particularly well shot and performed – both by the actors and the visual effects team supporting them – and ranks right up there among the fight scenes in any DCEU movie so far. Abdul-Mateen II could very well be the film’s standout character, as his portrayal of Black Manta has all of the depth and memorable sequences that turn a supporting role into a fan-favorite character. Like that film, this one is considerably boosted by the appeal of the actor playing the title character, in this case likable hunk Jason Momoa, promoted to leading man after previously appearing in more limited scenes in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and last year’s Justice League.