Aquaman

Aquaman
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Home Is Calling

Genre: Superhero
Fantasy
Directed By: James Wan
Produced By: Peter Safran
Rob Cowan
Written By: Geoff Johns
Starring: Jason Momoa
Amber Heard
Willem Dafoe
Patrick Wilson
Dolph Lundgren
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Nicole Kidman
Cinematography: Don Burgess
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 26, 2018 (Empire, Leicester Square)
December 21, 2018 (United States)
Runtime: 143 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $160–200 million
Box Office: $1.148 billion
Prequel: Justice League
Sequel: Shazam!
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman is a 2018 american superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same mention. Produced by DC Films, Cruel and Unusual Films, The Safran Company, Mad Ghost Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, while it is sixth installment and depart of the DC Extended Universe, it is besides considered the “ first ” introduction into the Worlds of DC series. The film was directed by James Wan, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall. Aquaman premiered in London on November 26, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 21. An inspire miniseries set after the film, Aquaman : King of Atlantis, aired from October 14 to October 28, 2021, while a live-action sequel movie, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, is set to be released on December 25, 2023, precisely five years after the beginning movie ..

plot

One stormy nox, lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry found a hurt woman stranded on the land, she happened to be Atlanna, the queen of Atlantis who had fled to avoid an arranged marriage. Thomas and Atlanna soon became lovers and had a child whom they named Arthur. however Atlantean soldiers tracked down and assail Atlanna, forcing her to return to Atlantis so that Thomas and Arthur would be safe but she promised to one day return. Being a human/Atlantean hybrid, Arthur was born with the abilities of an Atlantean such as being able to breathe submerged, however he besides had the ability to speak with sea creatures, a feat thought to be impossible even by saturated Atlanteans. Growing up, Arthur was trained by Niudis Vulko to hone his Atlantean skills and fight abilities a well as training him in in the consumption of Tridents, as he ‘s the firstborn of queen Atlanna. Arthur hoped to one day go to Atlantis and meet his mother, but was informed by Vulko that when Atlantis found out that Atlanna had a child with a homo they condemned her as a blood-traitor and had her sacrificed to the Trench, a rush of poisonous water monsters who actually used to be Atlanteans, but before she perished she had a second child, Orm Marnius who is future in wrinkle to take the toilet. Devastated that his mother died because of him, Arthur developed an intense grudge towards Atlantis and vowed to never go there. As an adult, Arthur is now a vigilante, protecting the seas and coastal areas from threats ; overtime multiple witnesses of his exploits made his universe known and public media dubbed him the “ Aquaman ”, a name Arthur is n’t peculiarly a winnow of.

Reading: Aquaman

One class after Steppenwolf ‘s get the better of, Aquaman faced a group of pirates attempting to hijack a russian submarine. Aquaman defeated the pirates and faced their drawing card David Kane, during the crusade David ‘s founder was critically injured and the submarine began flooding but Aquaman refused to help the pirates, leaving David ‘s father to die while he rescued the crew. David survived and vowed to murder the Aquaman to avenge his forefather. meanwhile on Atlantis, King Orm, fed up by world polluting the ocean for decades is planning to launch an invasion against the surface but he ‘s not allowed to begin the invasion until four out of the seven Atlantean kingdoms swear loyalty to him, those kingdoms being the Central, Xebel, Fishermen, Brine, Trench, Deserters, and the Hidden nation. Since the Trench are unmindful savages, the Deserters have gone extinct, and the Hidden bring disappeared long ago, Orm must conquer the other three remaining kingdoms, if he does he ‘ll be given the title of Ocean Master. Nereus, king of the Xebel, quickly allies with Orm as he besides wants to attack the come on. Nereus ‘ daughter Mera contacted Arthur, asking him to come to Atlantis and take the throne from Orm before the invasion but Arthur immediately refuses and leaves. late that night Arthur and Thomas are caught on a massive tsunami where Thomas about dies but Mera saves his life using her water controlling powers, the following day Arthur learns that Tsunamis like the one he saw happened all over the world at once, dragging all the pollute water and folderol float in the sea and tossing it second to the kingdom. Knowing that this was Orm ‘s doing, and out of gratitude for saving his church father ‘s life, Arthur agreed to help Mera stop Orm. Mera took Arthur to Atlantis to meet up with Vulko on a individual section of the submerged city. Vulko explained that Atlan, the very first gear king of Atlantis, had an almighty trident made by the gods which gave him absolute power over the seven seas, but the office of the trident proved besides much and sunk the Atlantis submerged while mutating its population to be able to live submerged. Vulko found evidence that Atlan ‘s trident is substantial arsenic well as an artifact with clues where it might be located, if Arthur can retrieve the trident he would be able to dethrone Orm with no perturb. Atlantean soldiers capture Arthur and take him to Orm, fortunately Mera took the artifact without being noticed. Orm and Arthur meet face to face and Orm promptly baits Arthur into challenging him to a fight over the throne. Mera and Vulko scold Arthur for letting Orm tease him thus well and challenging him before getting Atlan ‘s trident, but Arthur assures them that he could just beat Orm right away. Orm and Arthur fight each other in a colosseum, Arthur finds himself overpowered but Mera interrupts the fight to flee with Arthur. Arthur and Mera are chased away from the city but Arthur uses his ability to communicate with sea creatures to hide them inside a whale. Orm contacts David Kane and offers him an alliance to fight against Aquaman. Orm supplies David with specialize Atlantean weaponry and armory, including a knock-down plasma carom. David takes all the Atlantean equipment and combines it with his own dive equipment to create a specialize conflict suit to counter Aquaman, he besides built the plasma carom into is helmet ‘s eyes allowing him to fire eye laser blasts, though he had to make the helmet much bigger so his own head was n’t blown up by the lasers. interim Orm conquers the Fishermen kin and is heading for the Brine. Arthur and Mera travel to the Sahara desert where the Deserter kingdom once resided, there they find a device where the artifact Vulko found could be connected. The artifact activated a message from king Atlan regarding the placement of his mighty trident aboard clues to find it. The clues lead Arthur and Mera to Sicily, Italy. The two oversee to pinpoint the localization of Atlan ‘s trident but before they can do anything they are ambushed by a group of Atlantean soldiers led by David Kane, now calling himself “ Black Manta ”. Black Manta fights Aquaman while the soldiers chase Mera, Arthur tries to fend off Black Manta but Manta ‘s newfangled equipment and laser blasts allow him to injure Aquaman. Black Manta about kills Aquaman but Mera dispatches the soldiers and damages Black Manta ‘s courtship, giving Arthur the chance to throw a pit ball directly at his helmet. The helmet explodes causing Black Manta to fall off a cliff. With Manta deal with, Mera heals Arthur ‘s wounds and the two head off to the location of Atlan ‘s trident.

Arthur and Mera approach the location pinpointed by Atlan ‘s clues but they are attacked by the Trench, the same creatures that killed Atlanna all those years ago. The two hear to scare off the trench using torches and dive deep into the urine but they ‘re caught in a powerful stream that separates them, at the last here and now an odd-looking trench rescues Mera and takes her to the Hidden farming. Arthur reaches the land a well and to his daze finds that the trench that rescued Mera is none early than Atlanna, who was in disguise ; Atlanna was sentenced to death by the trench but she survived merely like Arthur did and found herself stranded on the Hidden land all these years. After a dear reunion, Atlanna informs Arthur and Mera that Atlan ‘s Trident is indeed here but it is guarded by the Karatheen, an fabulously brawny animal that merely obeys King Atlan. Arthur confronts the Karatheen but rather of fighting her he uses his power to communicate with the animal. The Karatheen notes that lone Atlan ‘s true heir should have the ability to communicate with sea life and frankincense allows to take the trident from Atlan ‘s cadaver. Arthur successfully pulls the Trident and dons the same armor that Atlan himself wore millennium ago. Orm ‘s forces reach the Brine and demand their drawing card to surrender to his united states army and formally declare him Ocean Master, but the Brine rather attack Orm ‘s united states army. A massive battle begins with many casualties, but the Karatheen appears to the shock of everyone, alongside Aquaman wielding Atlan ‘s trident and commanding the trench. The trench and the Karatheen destroy most of Orm ‘s forces and Aquaman uses his trident to order all the sea creatures to end the war, once all the Atlantean tribes see Arthur with the Trident of Atlantis the turn their backs on Orm and confirm Arthur. Orm continues to reject Arthur and dismisses the trident as proof of his worthiness. Aquaman pushes Orm to the surface so the two can have a concluding confrontation, ultimately, Arthur comes out victor and forces Orm to yield. Orm demands Arthur to kill him but Arthur refuses, at that here and now Atlanna appears and talks some sense into her son. Seeing that his mother is condom, Orm surrenders. Vulko has Orm arrested while Atlanna crowns Arthur as the genuine king of Atlantis. Arthur last accepts his rightful invest as king and besides takes Mera as his fiance, while Atlanna returns to Thomas as she had promised all those years ago. Some time late, Black Manta is revealed to have survived his get the better of and is rescued by Dr. Stephen Shin, a scientist obsessed with finding Atlantis. Black Manta and Shin soon form an alliance as both are looking for the Aquaman .

Why the home is Calling

  1. Historically, Aquaman was considered one of the least popular superheroes, is often seen as a joke, and his appearance in the theatrical version of Justice League was underwhelming. This movie does an fantastic job at presenting Aquaman as a much more badass and relatable character, making him an Atlantian who feels as an outsider and feels unworthy of being a king, but then learns why he’s worthy of being the true king.
    • This interpretation is helped by Jason Momoa’s portrayal of the character, which was much better than before. Momoa rolls well with the “macho” take on Aquaman as a brute who solves his problems with fists but has a more conflicted side that he struggles with and is overall a very likeable character. In fact, he did later reprised the voice role for another Warner Bros. film, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, two months later.
  2. The movie completely throws away the dull grim tone previously established by the DCEU and instead opts for a very imaginative and epic tone that stands out very well without being a “Marvel clone”.
  3. Beautiful visuals, especially underwater where the visuals are very colorful and bright, especially for a DCEU film.
  4. Mindblowing and spectacular action scenes, with highlights such as the Submarine battle at the start and the third act with the war of the Brine Kingdom and Prince Ohlm.
  5. The performances are great and flawless, especially Jason Momoa, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
  6. The villains are very good:
    • The Ocean Master is one of the more memorable villains of the DCEU, being an interesting villain who has a motivation that makes sense but is nonetheless a bad person who is in the wrong, compared to the rest of DCEU villains.
      • Unlike most DCEU finales that devolve into a mindless punchout with a grey colored CGI monster, the final battle between Aquaman and Ocean Master is very well made and less predictable.
    • Black Manta (despite being underutilized; see Bad Qualities #2 pointer) is also a good villain whose actions are justified despite being bad. The movie also gives a good explanation for why his helmet is so huge.
  7. Good cinematography, with very few cuts during actions scenes so it is very possible to keep track of the action during fast paced moments. This is helped by a good camera work that follows the action well without relying on constant cuts unlike most action movies.
  8. Roy Orbison’s song “She’s a Mystery to Me” was fitting the scene when Aquaman and Mera went to Sicily to find the second piece, but before they going to continue their quest, Mera just experience what the human world looks like and it was so romantic they just eating roses, forming water particles as dolphins and whales to make a little girl smiles, etc.
  9. Aside from a small Steppenwolf reference, the film is fairly standalone from the rest of the DCEU and focuses more on being its own movie rather than setting up sequels, and it has little connections to the theatrical cut of Justice League.
  10. A astoundingly perfect soundtrack orchestrated by Rupert Gregson-Williams that’s amazingly moving and fits the tone of the movie.
  11. If you take the DC logo off of the movie, it’s still a really solid underwater sci-fi film.
  12. Lots of funny moments such as the Bar scene. That being said, the comedy isn’t overused.
  13. It gives a very true message about how water pollution is a serious problem for the ocean. At the same time, this message isn’t shoved down the audience’s throat constantly with blatantly obvious “symbolism” unlike the Superman Jesus allegory in previous DCEU movies.
  14. During the credits, Skylar Grey’s “Everything I Need” was beautiful.
  15. Awesome direction of James Wan, who created many horror films like The Conjuring (also distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures).
  16. The underwater locations look beautiful.
  17. The poster looks great.
  18. Decent pacing.

Bad Qualities

  1. Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Amber Heard (Mera) have poor chemistry, despite them giving good performances.
  2. Black Manta, despite being a good villain as mentioned above, is underutilized, as he only appears in his full suit in one scene.
  3. While the cinematography and camera work is good as mentioned above, some tricks such as the rotating camera during action scenes are overused.
  4. The acting for the teenage Arthur Curry is poor, given the performance by Kekoa Kekumano.
    • Additionally, Amber Heard has bad acting as Mera, and she is only in it for her looks and not for her acting skills. Plus with her recent controversies, her being Mera hasn’t aged pretty well and it makes her role more hateable. And now has a major increase screen time in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which only increase the backlash for the sequal because of that, believing that the sequel might failed.
  5. The song “Ocean to Ocean” by Pitbull was merely a rip-off to “Africa” by Toto and the lyrics has nothing to do with Aquaman and the ocean.
  6. The de-aging CGI used on Temuera Morrison isn’t good, he looks like Mike Myers under the CGI.
  7. There are some unlikable characters like Arthur Curry’s bullies who make fun of Arthur just for talking to fish in the aquarium and call him a freak for that. But thankfully, they gain their comeuppance when a shark attacks them.
  8. Dr. Stephen Shin’s motivation to turn into a villain is pretty lame. He just believes that Atlantis exists, but just because he gets ridiculed for that belief by a news reporter, he becomes evil and joins forces with Black Manta. Hopefully, his motivations will be further explored in the upcoming sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
    • Plot hole: Speaking about Dr. Shin, why no one believes him that Atlantis exists when the Earth has experienced alien invasions, the appearance of metahumans, the rise of super-powered heroes and even when Aquaman’s existence is all but confirmed?

reception

The initial reveal of Aquaman was met with heavy incredulity due to the overall underwhelming quality of the DCEU and the flop Justice League of the previous year being the only time the character had appeared so army for the liberation of rwanda. initial posters were besides ailing received. Upon passing in December 2019 however, Aquaman received assorted, but by and large positive reviews from critics and audiences. It received praise for its ocular effects, production blueprint, tonicity, action scenes, Wan ‘s focus, Momoa ‘s performance and is wide considered “ a step in the right direction ” for DC movies, but criticized the plot. On revue collector Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval denounce of 65 % based on 397 reviews and an average rating of 6.03/10. The web site ‘s critical consensus reads : “ Aquaman swims with its entertainingly absurd tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic military action with an vehemence on beneficial antique fun. ”. Metacritic surveyed 50 critics and assigned an aggregate score of 55 out of 100, indicating “ mix or average reviews. ”

Box office

The movie was a massive commercial success, being the most profitable movie in the DCEU so far as it grossed $ 1.148 billion over $ 160–200 million budget .

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trivium

  • The film, reportedly titled Justice League: Mortal, would have been Aquaman’s cinematic debut. George Miller signed on to direct later that year. However, the film would be cancelled following production delays stemming from the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. Prior to the film’s cancellation in 2008, actor Santiago Cabrera had been cast as Aquaman.
  • This film is the highest grossing DC movie to-date.

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