Aquaman: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Last night was entirely crazy as James Wan, Amber Heard and Jason Momoa arrived at Mall of Asia for the Asian Premiere of Aquaman. The fans had the chance to take their autographs and selfies with the stars before the first IMAX screening in the country. Jason Momoa said that this was the warmest reception they had in their tour and excited to share the film with his Filipino fans. We had the chance to catch some of the highlights during our facebook live which you can view below:

Synopsis: Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.

Now here is our review for the film

The DC cinematic universe is struggling to stay afloat with the critics pulling their plug to reach a decent rating. It was only Wonder Woman who managed to stay on top getting warm reception both from the audience and film critics. Here comes Aquaman with Director James Wan coming on board to salvage everything and put back DC on the map.

The film was a visual feast, and the imaginative world under the sea was simply breathtaking and an eye candy, especially on the IMAX screen. Director James Wan made sure that he could capture an innovative world which is beautifully made where the CGI elements deliver that striking scenery. Everything is detailed with all that underwater movements from the hair up to the splash with tiny bubbles in it. The action isn't just focused under the sea but also had different locations to complete your viewing pleasure. 

It is boosted with a decent story structure that is too adventurous where you can't feel bored even it has a 142-minute run-time. It is pretty easy to follow and also has a strong message for us people to be responsible with our waste. You'll just keep wanting for more, and an easy answer for a sequel was spilled out by Jason Momoa himself last night before the start of the movie.The fight scenes were choreographed really well with exciting set pieces to amaze its viewers. 

The casts were all terrific and made a mark with their corresponding roles. Jason Momoa clearly was having fun as Arthur Curry as he easily gets the job done and touched the hearts of its audience. The film relies on his shoulders and all that trust given to him was rewarded with such an amazing portrayal to the titular hero. This wouldn't work without his talented supporting cast to back him up. Amber Heard was stunning as Mera and even though the romantic development between her and Aquaman is a bit cliched; it still came out as a crowd-pleaser. Patrick Wilson is effective as King Orm and really became an admirable villain plus a very unrecognizable Dolph Lundgren as King Nerus. You also got Nicole Kidman lending her talents in an important role to keep the film from having that emotional touch and a reliable William Dafoe helping out on the sidelines. 

Overall, Aquaman stands on its own ground and gave out a super hero film to remember. It is a remarkable feature from DC with a solid origin story that could easily be embraced even by the non-fans. With the film running on a high tide, the sequel in the works will have so much potential to create a bigger spectacle that we all deserve to see on the big screen. 

Note: please wait for a short mid-credit scene.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars

 Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Directed by: James Wan

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Now Showing in PH cinemas