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21st December
written by Adam

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), born to a human father and Atlantian mother (Nicole Kidman) learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Despite Arthur’s place of power, brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), sees the throne as his and the stage is set for battle while brother vs. brother square off; meanwhile, the mysterious Mera (Amber Heard) works in mysterious ways to ensure Arthur learns the ropes of life underwater, but wait, there’s more, ever lurking Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) will also have his due, will Arthur ever stand a chance to become Aquaman at all?

Directed by James Wan and written by an army of writers this incredibly dense narrative that runs two hours and twenty three minutes is a classic example of what happens when screenwriters attempt to shoehorn an impossibly large foot into an incredibly small and delicate glass slipper hoping to result in something that doesn’t appear to be boxed meat, it does, believe me, it does. To Wan’s credit, he somehow manages to wrap his arms around the entire squidly beast and bring it into some form of submission, but not before our brains are burned out by too many water kingdoms, centers of the earth, dino-slee-stak creepers, octopuses playing drums and so on. There’s simply too much going on, coupled with a number of questionably bad editing choices and CGI abominations to render Aquaman something that should perhaps stay locked away in Davey Jones’s locker. Bubble Bubble Bubble. Aquaman is rated PG-13.

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