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Aquaman: 2018 American Superhero Film

Aquaman: 2018 American Superhero Film

Movie Name: Aquaman Movie
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman
Genre: ActionAdventure, Fantasy
Release date: 14 December 2018
Budget: $160 – 200 million
Running Time: 143 Minutes

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by James Wan, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, from a story by Geoff Johns, Wan and Beall, it stars Jason Momoa as the title character, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles. It is the third live-action theatrical film featuring the title character, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) and the first full-length feature film centered around the character. In Aquaman, Arthur Curry, the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, must step forward to lead his people against his half-brother, Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

Development of an Aquaman film began in 2004, with several plans falling through over the years. In August 2014, Beall and Kurt Johnstad were hired to write two competing scripts and the film was officially announced in October 2014. Wan signed on as director in April 2015 and in July 2016 it was announced the film would move forward with Beall’s screenplay, although Wan, Johnstad, Johns and Johnson-McGoldrick all performed various rewrites. The main cast was confirmed throughout 2016 and early 2017. Principal photography began in Australia on May 2, 2017. Most of the film was shot at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, with production also held in Canada, Italy and Morocco, and wrapped on October 21, 2017.

Aquaman had its world premiere in London on November 26, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures in Real D 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D on December 21, 2018.

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Aquaman Movie Plot:

In Maine, lighthouse keeper Tom Curry rescues Atlanna, the princess of the underwater nation of Atlantis, and they fall in love and have a son, Arthur Curry, who is born with the power to communicate with marine lifeforms. Atlanna is forced to abandon her family and return to Atlantis, entrusting to her loyal advisor Nuidis Vulko the mission of training Arthur. Under Vulko’s guidance, Arthur becomes a skilled warrior, but is rejected by the Atlanteans for being a half-breed and ultimately leaves Atlantis behind.

One year after Steppenwolf’s invasion, Arthur confronts pirates led by Jesse Kane, who have been hijacking nuclear submarines. Kane is killed during the confrontation, and his son, David Kane, vows revenge against Arthur. David later targets Atlantis at the behest of his employer, Arthur’s half-brother King Orm, who uses the seemingly unprovoked attack as a pretext to declare war on the surface. Nereus, ruler of the kingdom of Xebel, supports him, but Nereus’ daughter Mera, who has been betrothed to Orm, refuses to aide them and journeys to the surface to ask Arthur for help, earning his trust by saving Tom from a tidal wave sent by Orm. Arthur reluctantly accompanies Mera to a rendezvous with Vulko, who urges Arthur to find the Trident of Atlan, a magic artifact that once belonged to Atlantis’ first ruler, in order to reclaim his rightful place as king. They are ambushed by Orm’s men, and Mera and Vulko escape, while Arthur is captured.

Orm visits Arthur in captivity and announces that Atlanna was executed for the crime of having a half-breed son, blaming Arthur and the surface for her death. He offers Arthur an opportunity to leave forever, but Arthur instead challenges him to a duel in a ring of underwater lava. Orm gains the upper hand and nearly kills Arthur before Mera rescues him. Together, Arthur and Mera journey to the Sahara desert, where the trident was forged, and unlock a holographic message that leads them to Sicily, where they retrieve the trident’s coordinates. Meanwhile, Orm provides David with Atlantean armor and weaponry and sends him to stop them, imprisons Vulko upon learning of his betrayal, and coerces the remaining five kingdoms of Atlantis to pledge allegiance to him and his campaign against the surface.

In Sicily, Arthur and Mera are ambushed by David, who fights and injures Arthur before being thrown off a cliff to his apparent death. Mera nurses Arthur’s wounds as they journey to the trident’s whereabouts, and encourages him to embrace his destiny as a hero. Arriving at their destination, Arthur and Mera are attacked by a legion of amphibious monsters known as the Trench, but manage to fend them off and reach a wormhole that transports them to an uncharted sea located at the center of the Earth. There, they are unexpectedly reunited with Atlanna, who was sacrificed to the Trench for her crimes, but manage to escape them and reach the uncharted sea, where she has been stranded ever since.

Arthur faces Karathen, the mythical leviathan that guards the trident, and voices his determination to protect both Atlantis and the surface, proving his worth and reclaiming the trident, which grants him control over the seven seas. Arthur, Mera and Atlanna lead an army of marine creatures in battle against Orm and his followers, who renounce their obedience to Orm and embrace Arthur as the true king upon learning he wields the trident. Arthur defeats Orm in combat, but chooses to spare his life, and Orm accepts his fate after discovering Arthur has found and rescued their mother. Atlanna returns to the surface to reunite with Tom, while Arthur ascends to the throne, with Mera by his side, and embraces his fate as Aquaman.

In a post-credits scene, David is rescued by Dr. Stephen Shin, a scientist obsessed with finding Atlantis, and agrees to lead Shin there in exchange for his help to kill Arthur.

Aquaman Movie Review:

“I am the son of the land and king of the seas and protector of the deep.” That is Aquaman for you who beguilingly quizzes later on; who is greater than the king? Pat comes the answer from his mother; hero. Make that superhero yet another one from the DC universe. Imbued with powers to not just breathe underwater but do a zillion things, including fight with insane strength and amazing fluidity.

As action in Aquaman shifts beneath the seas, expectedly you get stunning visuals and some excellent photography; unerringly surreal. A captivating spectacle unfolds right before your eyes and as the dialogue goes; don’t judge a thing you haven’t seen, we could say the same for Jason Momoa-starrer 

Aquaman. Sure the standard tropes are all there. A queen of the kingdom under sea, an heir apparent, a conniving, nay cruel stepbrother (Patrick Wilson), who wants to wage a war against the surface (read land peopled by us mere mortals).

Aquaman too has mortal’s blood running in his veins and at more than one point he is dismissed as half-breed. Even his saviour from the deep seas, Mera (Amber Heard), scoffs—‘God help us if you are our king’. 

Jason, of course, lords over the screen with tremendous screen presence, enchants as much with his vulnerability and equally with his reluctance to occupy the throne, legitimately his for he is the first born of the queen.

Indeed, the time line and storyline run linear. From start to finish we are enroute a journey not just of the birth of Aquaman, a fall out of love between royalty and commoner, but one that is fantastical, magical and strangely enough believable. Actors, without a doubt, whether from the land or the sea, bring that human touch which makes the superhero story both extraordinary and yet relatable. Nicole Kidman as queen Atlantis looks fetchingly ethereal. Willem Dafoe as well-meaning 

Vulko, who trains Aquaman, is equally endearing. Alluring also are creatures that glide through waters and the monster-like who prey, create enough fear and human like, who dwell in deep reservoirs of water bring in the drama.

The narrative marries fable, technology and superlative special effects. Action reigns supreme from the word go and ensures there isn’t a dull moment in this tale where antagonist is more than one. And calamitous moments, not just reserved for the climax, are many and multi-splendoured too. From the first time Aquaman visits Atlantis and is challenged to a duel much in the Gladiator fashion to his final trip amidst the monstrous trenches to retrieve the trident. Oh yes, he isn’t named Arthur without reason.  The trident will determine whether he is one true king. The point is not whether he will get it or not but how he reaches his ultimate destination and how viewers are transported to another realm. Like most superhero films there isn’t much that can’t be predicted at the onset.

But here familiarity of the content doesn’t breed contempt. Instead, it engenders entertainment and despite a run time of over two hours is worth your time. If you are a fan of Momoa; fans of Game of Thrones would remember him as Khal Drogo, who courts and marries Dragon queen, and DC aficionado from his Aquaman act in Justice League and Batman vs Superman; Dawn Of Justice, no reason to skip his solo outing as Aquaman.

Amber Heard too provides enough reason to go along with the flow. The only thing perhaps that doesn’t hold water is the fleeting reference to pollution and the damage humans are causing to our great seas. But then more than sagacious thoughts such as coexistence, this is a fantasy where incredulity is wondrous and implausibility enticing. In short, Aquaman, the bridge between land and the sea, a product of two worlds, even has us no ardent admirer of superhero films converted. Enjoy! 

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