If you like your movies to be action-packed and your heroes to be super-ripped, Aquaman is for you. The story follows Arthur Curry, the result of the forbidden marriage between an ordinary man and the Queen of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. When he’s grown, he discovers a prophecy that obliges him to take up the fight to save not only Atlantis but the surface world as well from a terrible war.
Aquaman is played by Jason Momoa, aka Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones. As a native of Hawaii, it’s no surprise that he’s a natural in the water, and a bad-ass choice.
The scenery looks amazing – especially the underwater war with the giant seahorses and sharks being ridden into battle. The time animating the actors’ hair alone to look like they’re really underwater is more than the CGI invested in most movies. And that’s just the beginning.
The story is entertaining. Watching the characters grow into their skins and fulfil prophesies keeps you rooting for them. Even the villain – Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) – looks like a god. The cast is sublime, including Willem Dafoe as Arthur’s trainer Vulko, Amber Heard as his love interest Mera, Nicole Kidman as his mom Atlanna and so many others you’ll recognise.
“Aquaman is the first of these attempted epics that actually feels like an epic. It centers on a quest that hops continents and new (undersea) worlds; it introduces a mythology; it culminates in a satisfying battle. It even has bona fide sea monsters,” writes Michael Ordona of Common Sense Media.
Aquaman is also available to stream on DStv Now.
IMDB rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%