Review: Aquaman

30 Dec 18

Oh what fun!

This movie is so Over The Top it comes back down just to go OTT again. Seriously. The last 20is minutes is such a glorious extravaganza of CGI excess you'll either love it or have a nap.

Jason Mamoa as Aquaman finds the right pitch for this kind of silly fun. Somewhere between zen surfer dude and heavy metal (actually, this movie's score could've done with a bit more of that) rebel.
D.C continues to diversify a historically very Pakeha heroverse, Aquaman has a Maori dad. Very nice to see them hongi and hear mention of tau-moko. If a bit puzzling. As J.M is half Hawaiian, why not use that?
Everyone deadpaned their way through a script that was (I sincerely hope) never meant to be taken seriously. And it worked very nicely. I'm not sure all those chuckles were intended but, hey, take 'em where you can get 'em.
Nicole Kidman did a surprisingly good turn as Action Babe. Kicking arse in a artfully decorated skin-tight wet suit. - Don't you DARE threaten MY baby!!!!!! - While Temurea Morrison graciously consented to be the rescued Love Object. Awww♥

You don't go to movies like this for thought provoking drama, originality or the exploration of the human condition. You go to pleasurably waste a few hours while chomping on some popcorn. If the audience enters the theatre with realistic expectations, I think most people will feel they got their monies worth.