AQUAMAN (2018)

Aquaman is set to be the highest grossing DC movie since The Dark Knight Rises (2012), with predicted profits of over a billion dollars. Despite a slightly silly premise about an omnipotent god of the sea, Aquaman serves up a non-stop thrill ride with some surprisingly good performances and even more stunning visuals.

There aren’t many films that really benefit from IMAX 3D, but this is one of them. Set half above sea level and half below, there are always multiple layers of action, and the 3D brings it all to life in eye-popping splendour. Far from drowning in CGI (pardon the pun), the action sequences are all varied and carry real heft (apart from a brief few generic CGI shots of the enemy army at the end).

Sharing similar themes with the mixed-race hero of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, anti-hero vigilante Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is a child of both worlds; the son of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and a humble lighthouse operator (Temuera Morrison). His ambitious brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) wishes to use the military might of Atlantis to rule the entire earth, and to supercede lackadaisical Arthur’s right to the throne.

There are some ludicrous elements: you will lose track of the number of times two characters are having a quiet conversation when yet another sudden explosion interrupts them; you will also lose track of the number of times a character references the fact that Queen Atlanna is dead. But overall, this is blockbuster superhero movie fare done right.

Watch Aquaman in IMAX 3D.

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