DCEU’s box office hit Aquaman opened in Nigerian cinemas on Friday, 21st December alongside some really amazing Nollywood movies. The selling point of this movie was really the hulk-like lead actor, Jason Momoa. I am going to admit that I too fell for the strategy. The ticket was for one purpose and one purpose alone- to have a 3D view of Momoa’s imposing tattooed torso and allow my over-creative mind fix an intimate dinner date with the highlight of the night being me showing off these folds I have been trying to tuck in for the past few weeks.
Ok, we were talking about Aquaman right? I will sadly rate this…
Verdict: 6/10 Stars
While Aquaman delivers a mindblowing cinematic experience (in 3D) especially with its special effects, the movie really offers no depth sadly made worse by its watery story. Asides the drowning story, the plot is also disappointingly cliche. So cliche that it’s easy to tell the end from the first combat scene.
Aquaman opens to the narrator recounting the story of his birth. He introduces Nicole Kidman‘s character, Atlanna washing up from the sea and subsequently finding love in the arms of Thomas Curry, a Lighthouse Keeper who rescues her from the storm. Atlanna is a Queen from the underwater kingdom Atlantis and shortly after she births Arthur Curry, she is forced to return home.
Arthur Curry is a special child and the story wastes no time in introducing his super power. The next few seconds introduce us to the man of the moment. Momoa’s entrance as expected is grand and he gets straight to dealing with the bad guys. Arthur’s first mission to rescue Russian submarine hijacked by a group of pirates led by Jesse Kane lands him his first enemy.
If you predicted that Kane Snr. would transcend to the other world, you deserve no present. That was as predictable as I know Jollof and chicken can’t be scarce tomorrow. Armored with a good enough revenge motive, Kane Jnr., David Kane sets out to get Aquaman’s head.
In Aquaman’s defense, it’s best to point out that the story also raises the issue of environmental pollution with its focus on the pollution of water with refuse. This pollution becomes one of Atlantis’s motive for waging war against man. This motive however falls face flat as the plot unfolds.
Finally, the story pretty much loses its WOW effect from Arthur’s first fight. Imagine watching Igodo but this time with truly exciting CGI effects? It’s the same thing oh! To once again save the world from his war-hungry half-brother Orm, Aquaman must embark on a journey, through the sea to find Tafita. Sorry, the Trident of Atlan and become King.
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