torsdag 17 januari 2019


Let´s go back to the wonderful year of 2011. What made this year so special ? Well, you could say for different reasons, but this was the year when we got to experience Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern made a lot of DC comic fans react, mostly negative. This movie adaptation of Green Lantern turned out to be a failure for different reasons. For me personally this movie did not take the source material serious enough, and just tried to be a CGI feast. But not even the special effects could save Green Lantern, since the CGI effects were not well made either. Ryan Reynolds tried to give a performance as Hal Jordan, but he could not save this film. Director Martin Campbell ( who have directed some really good films such as The Mask Of Zorro and James Bond movie Casino Royale ) must have had problems while making this film, because you can sense that the plot is filled with mistakes. DC Comic characters continued to become movie adaptations, and we finally got a really good DC movie with Wonder Woman in 2017 with actress Gal Gadot . Wonder Woman managed to mix together comedy and action in a very effective way, showing that there is hope for DC comic characters. I have to mention also that Wonder Woman also gave us a really interesting portrait of a strong female character, something that is important to see in Hollywood. I am really looking forward to see Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984, that is supposed to be released in summer of 2020. The same year as Wonder Woman was released in 2017, Gal Gadot would return as Wonder Woman in the DC comic movie Justice League, that includes a lot of DC super heroes such as Batman ( Ben Affleck ), Aquaman ( Jason Momoa ), Superman ( Henry Cavill ) and Cyborg ( Ray Fisher ). I loved the idea of bringing all of these comic book characters together in one film. And there were parts of Justice League that was entertaining, but the film could not deliver the quality level that fans expected. Gal Gadot os Wonder Woman saved this film from falling apart, and it was nice to see Jason Momoa as Aquaman ( who also gave a good performance ). Speaking of Jason Momoa ( who most of you have probably seen in Game Of Thrones or Conan The Barbarian ), when it was announced that he was getting his own movie, i was thrilled. Especially after it was confirmed that director James Wan ( director of the really good The Conjuring ) will be directing Aquaman. Since a lot of DC comic fans were dissapointed with Justice League, the expectations of Aquaman were becoming pretty big. As the trailer was released you could tell the whole world was excited. Do we finally have a good DC comic book adaptation on the big screen, or does Aquaman fall flat like Green Lantern did back in 2011 ?

In the year of 1985, lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry ( Temuera Morrison ) rescue Atlanna ( Nicole Kidman ), the princess of Atlantis, during a storm. They eventually fall in love and have a son named Arthur, who is born to communicate with marine lifeforms. Atlanna is forced to abandon her family and return to Atlantis, entrusting to her advisor Nuidis Vulko ( Willem Dafoe ), the mission of training Arthur. In present day, one year after Steppenwolf´s invasion, Arthur ( Jason Momoa ) is now an adult. Arthur confronts a group of pirates attemting to hijack a Russian Naval nuclear submarine. Their leader, Jesse Kane ( Michael Beach ) dies during the confrontation while his son, David ( Yahya Abdul Mateen II ), swear he will revenge his father´s death. David later targets Atlantis at the behest of Orm ( Patrick Wilson ), where Orm see the attack as a cause to declare war on the surface World. King Nereus ( Dolph Lundgren ) of Xebel swears allegiance to Orm´s cause, but his daughter Mera ( Amber Heard ) refuses to aid them and travel to the surface to ask Arthur to help. If this war breaks out on the surface, mankind will never be the same again.

The DC universe have had some problems in the past, but i can tell you that this is something that Aquaman is not a part of. This is actually not a bad movie adaptation of the comic book character, and we get to see a much more personal view on the super hero of the ocean. Actor Jason Momoa as Aquaman is a really good match, and Jason delivers a solid performance ( who also have good comedy timing in several scenes. I have to say that he is also really good in the action scenes, where he gets to show his physical fysique, doing some great figthing ( especially in the beginning in a submarine. We have some other great performances to talk about as well. Actress Nicole Kidman who plays the character Atlanna ( the Queen of Atlanta ), shows once more why she is such a solid actress, giving a solid performance. Swedish Icon Dolph Lundgren as Nereus is a perfect match, and Dolph gives a performance so good, that you can almost cry of joy. There is no question, Dolph Lundgren is the greatest actor of Sweden ever, and we need to see him in more Hollywood movies. Legendary actor Willem Dafoe ( who have done some really good classics in the past such as Platoon, Mississippi Burning and Wild at Heart ) as the character Nuidis Vulko is another really good choice, and Dafoe shows once more why he is so good at developing a character in his own way. It is also really nice to see actress Amber Heard ( who you might remember from films such as All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and Machete Kills ) here as the character Mera. One of the things i really enjoy about this film adaptation of Aquaman, is the action scenes. This film is technically really well made from director James Wan, and he shows once more why he knows how to make quality films. The action scenes in the ocean are powerful, and looks really good in 3D ( i saw this film in 3D in Cinema, something you should do if you plan to see this film ). I also think that director James Wan have managed to give us a more personal look on the life of Aquaman. Even if Jason Momoa is great as Aquaman, there is one problem with this film. The emotional scenes does not work very well. It feels like they are not very effective, while trying to match up to the story of Aquaman. And this is such a shame, because there is an interesting story to be told here. With that said, i still Think Aquaman manage to deliver an entertaining comic book adaptation to the big screen. If you love comic books, and action, then this is the film to watch in Cinema. Once again director James Wan proves why there is still hope for Hollywood, as long as he is making solid films like Aquaman.

Director: DDD

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