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‘Aquaman’ movie does not quite live up to the hype

December 26, 2018

Too long and the storyline lags...

Just my opinion.

Director James Wan (“Saw,” “Insidious,” “Furious 7”) comes out with the very much awaited “Aquaman ” and most of the things in this movie, that he does, he does well — EXTREMELY well!

But the actual plot is not all that exciting (to the average movie-goer) and if you are not an absolute FanBoy, you may find yourself looking around the dark theater and seeing that everyone else seems to be thinking, “Is it EVER going to END?” At well over two hours, there is way too much bright, shiny “look at the 3-D effects” thrown in, and several sidebars are unnecessary and not really interesting in the short time span.

Chief among them, the Black Pirates.

Aquaman vs. the Black Pirates could have easily have been a completely new Aqua-man movie. And it still MAY be, but if that is the case, maybe just a brief, teasing glimpse, whetting the appetite for the next installment.

Not a half-hour’s worth of action with a father/son bump, finalized with an all-too-quick ending.

Overall, “Aquaman” was a nice action movie with a purpose, but the Origin storyline could easily have been a separate movie also.

What were they thinking?

The star of the whole shebang, Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Stargate: Atlantis”) as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, is not yet star material. Like Chris Hemsworth before him, it will take a while for Momoa to get his acting chops.

As Momoa’s love interest we have Amber Heard (“The Playboy Club,” “Machete Kills,” “Drive Angry”) as Mera, a gorgeous bit of eye candy who does do pretty well with her role.

Never a favorite of mine, Patrick Wilson (“Little Children,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Watchmen”) as King Orm makes a pretty good showing here, although the script (for all of the main players) leaves a lot to be desired.

And both Nicole Kidman (“Dead Calm,” “Days of Thunder,” “Eyes Wide Shut”) as Atlanna, and Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Shadow of the Vampire,” “To Live and Die in L.A.”) as Vulko, show us that veteran stars can make an im-

pact in short term cameos.

Aquaman is a fair action movie, with way too much CGI flair. When “Avatar” arrived in 2009, it really “wowed” us, but since then, we have matured as an audience, and no matter how much amazing neon technicolor dreamscape that we make into exotic worlds, if you don’t have enough story to go with it, it just “looks pretty.”

I suspect the next Aquaman will be directed by a different “name” director. That and the players getting more use to their recurring roles, as well as maybe a better script, and we may be more than willing to sit through another action adventure starring the hunk man/fish.

And maybe next time it will not be quite as long.

Billy Summers is a freelance photographer who also reviews films for the Putnam Herald. He can be reached at summers855@yahoo.com.

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