Let me be brief: the superhero character Aquaman is badass, fine, sexy and champions this must-see movie.
I was shameless in the theatre and oooh’d and aaah’d as Jason Mamoa in the title role, flexed his buff body, blinked his shocking light eyes and shook his sexy mane of unkempt hair, as he vanquished enemies, controlled scary sea beasts and introduced the fabulous undersea world of Atlantis.
As expected Aquman or Arthur Joseph Curry, emerges as the King of the Seven Seas, wearing an excellently body-fitted gold-and-green scaled costume, by the end of the story.
Directed by James Wan, in a story written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, this Aquaman movie features excellent visuals of fantasy undersea wonders.
In addition, the movie features the use of interesting CGI imaging for two of the lead characters. This computer generated ‘de-aging’ makes them look air-brushed and younger in earlier segments of the movie vs the denouement of the plot at the end.
This technology is the tip of the iceberg for modern Hollywood. Look for other aging (or deceased) top actors to get a computer-generated boost to their careers as they can now be ‘cast’ in cameo shots or brief scenes, looking like they did 20 or 30 years ago.
Mamoa’s rendition of Aquaman brings the comic book and cartoon hero to live-action full length movies. The character was originally created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger and has been a DC Comics staple since 1941. While some of us read DC comic books or watched afterschool TV superhero cartoons long ago, many of those in theatres now met Aquaman first in the Justice League (2017) movie.
The extremely sexy Mamoa carries the movie well and the storyline works. This movie is pure entertainment for super hero fans and action film lovers. It should at least win an academy glancing nod for the colourful cinematography, imaginative set design, visual presentation and special effects.
I have to give a special nod to Yahya Abdul-Mateen who brings the classic Aquaman villain, Black Manta, alive. The backstory about the Manta’s origin has been updated in this movie. This brotha’ rigs up a costume and weapons that are mighty, but not quite good enough to conquer the King of the Sea. Certainly, he will appear in the expected next Aquaman segment which will likely come forth in a few years.
Did I say that Mamoa was deliciously sexy as Aquaman? That bears repeating - I had to see the movie twice as in the first viewing I was so fixated on his hugely-pleasing screen presence that I missed some of the plotline, scenery and dialogue.
Forbes Magazine reports that Aquaman is certain to earn US$1 billion in worldwide box office receipts.