James Wan brings his beautiful and ambitious vision of Atlantis to Aquaman’s first solo big-screen outing.
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe
December 21st, 2018
The lost water world of Atlantis has captured imaginations for generations. Now we finally get a deep dive into a realized version of it in the latest offering from DC Comics as Aquaman prepares to take the lead.
In the past, Arthur Curry/Aquaman has been treated as a minor figure (if anything!) in on screen depictions of DC Comics despite his status as a founding member of the Justice League. But Warner Brothers and DC flipped the script when they introduced a new, edgier version of the character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, casting "Game of Thrones" star Jason Momoa in the role. Instead of cutting his hair short, bleaching it blonde and shaving his beard, he was a beefed-out surfer bro, complete with luscious locks and a long beard. The character’s makeover paid off, with Momoa emerging as one of the standouts of 2017’s Justice League – and now Aquaman has his first-ever solo big-screen film.
Aquaman’s real attraction
While it’s hard to upstage Momoa, one could say the biggest scene-stealer in the movie is the scenery itself, an unbelievably beautiful and ambitious vision of the mythical land of Atlantis from director James Wan. The Kingdom of Atlantis is a neon-soaked marvel that feels equal parts Avatar and Star Wars with a splash of Blade Runner. It’s bright and beautiful, with towering structures resembling jellyfish and watercrafts that mimic shimmering sea creatures.
The world he’s created here is unlike anything we’ve seen in recent comic book movies. It’s a spectacle meant to be watched on the biggest screen possible and this film is why formats like IMAX and 3D exist. With its vivid colours, incredible underwater architecture and gigantic action set pieces, Atlantis is a marvel that could only come from filmmakers with a talent for big-scale movies.
Behind the camera
Wan is the perfect mastermind for Aquaman, blending these experiences into something new and different. He’s a master of visual trickery, (Wan spawned horror mega-franchises SAW, Insidious and The Conjuring) and is no stranger to big-budget action (he directed Furious 7).
Oh, and while Emily Blunt takes on Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has moved over here to play a giant mythical sea creature, so you’re not going to want to miss that.
Aquaman is for anyone seeking a sensory escape and a respite from the grey winter blahs.
This gorgeous film explodes with vivid colour and fast-paced action. It’s perfect for lovers of superhero flicks (and yeah, of Momoa…). Don’t forget to SHOW-off your SCENE card while you’re at the theatre for a chance to win instant prizes and a grand prize of 100,000 SCENE points. Click here for details.