The very concept of Aquaman, a superhero who can breath underwater and talk to fish, is ridiculous. Director James Wan had his work cut out for him to turn this weird concept into a plausible movie. For the most part, he did a decent job. This isn’t a great movie, but it does it’s best to turn a stupid concept into a fun action movie.
Aquaman is about Arthur Curry. Arthur is the hybrid child of a human and an Atlantean, a race of people who live underwater and have adapted abilities to survive there. This means they can breath underwater, talk underwater, have the increased strength and toughness to survive the deep ocean, and can practically fly through water. After discovering that he is the firstborn heir to the throne of Atlantis, Arthur must attempt to seize the Atlantean throne in hopes of preventing a war between the surface world and the undersea world.
The best part of this film is the action scenes and set pieces. There are a lot of well choreographed action scenes. There are a lot of fantastically drawn, computer generated visuals. I was definitely paying attention during these portions of the film.
The worst parts of the movie are the plot, the dialogue and the acting. I was cringing through a lot of badly written scenes. This wouldn’t have been so bad if the acting was better. It felt like more focus was put into the action scenes then the dramatic ones, which may have been the correct choice in the case of this movie.
Overall, Aquaman is the kind of movie I’d expect to see on cable television on a Sunday afternoon or on an airplane ride. It’s not great, but it is still fun. It’s certainly not a movie you need to see.