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Aquaman

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Australia, United States
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2018

Rated PG-13 · 2h 24m

Director James Wan
Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Yet his ties to Atlantis are strained once he hears that his mother was executed for bearing him, a half-breed son. Now Arthur must assert himself and be a hero to the earth and the sea.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Eddie Godino Profile picture for Eddie Godino

Aquaman is far from the top tier of comic book movies – even by the often abysmal standards of the DCEU – yet despite its problems, the movie does manage to entertain through sheer spectacle. Jason Momoa was a brilliant casting choice for Aquaman, turning a character who was often looked down on as lame into an undeniable badass, and he carries the film from start to finish. The story is ultimately forgettable and, at times, verges on campy, but if you go into the movie with your expectations properly set, there is fun to be had in Aquaman.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Entertainment Weekly by Chris Nashawaty

Wan, a director who’s proven himself to be a can’t-miss ace regardless of genre (from the horror formulas of The Conjuring and Insidious to the big-budget tentpole mayhem of Furious 7) seems to finally be out of his depth. He’s conjured an intriguing world, but populated that world with dramatic cotton candy and silly characters, including a hero who’s unsure if he wants to make us laugh or feel — and winds up doing neither. Pass the Dramamine.
50

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

In a better world, Aquaman would excel at delivering an ecological message to the masses. But all the fish in the sea can’t salvage a movie that refuses to go more than surface deep.
60

Empire by Helen O'Hara

This is an Aquaman film that needs lots more Aquaman and vastly less bombast. It’s visually wild and recklessly inventive, but the cast deserve better than to be cast adrift in a tempest of CGI.
75

IGN by Jim Vejvoda

The glee that director James Wan clearly has playing in the world of Aquaman is infectious. He’s made a movie for both types of 10-year-olds: literal kids and those who are 10 at heart. Aquaman is one hell of a popcorn movie.
70

We Got This Covered by Matt Donato

Aquaman is imaginatively ambitious superhero cinema with no rules, which is more positive than negative as Wan's vision is realized like an underwater laser light spectacle that the DCEU so desperately needs right now.
38

Slant Magazine by Pat Brown

Often divertingly colorful and busy to a fault, the film seems to dare us to mock the world of comics' most risible superhero.
40

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Wilson is just, frankly, dull. He is not allowed to develop an interesting character and he suffers from the obvious comparison with Loki, Thor’s adopted brother played with relish by Tom Hiddleston as a velvety-voiced villain. But then Momoa’s good-ol’-boy characterisation of Aquaman itself only goes so far. This is a film that never quite comes up for air.
40

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

For all its sporadic wackiness and wonder, on balance Aquaman still comes out a bore. But they’ve given it a heroic shake.
50

The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

One is grateful to have Momoa for company. Unlike some strutters who can't hide how delighted they are to show off their trainer-honed bods, Momoa wears his superb physique casually and his take-it-or-leave-it, devil-may-care attitude makes the narrative's long haul much easier to bear than would otherwise have been the case.
85

TheWrap by William Bibbiani

It’s a weird and wonderful superhero adventure that strives — and almost succeeds — to be the most epic superhero movie ever made.

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