Published September 2, 2021


Film info

  • Title Aquaman
  • Director James Wan
  • Year 2018
  • Run time 2hrs 23m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Tagline Home is calling

An action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime - one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be... a king.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:29 I probably need to read some Jules Verne.
2:19 Sting-rage.
3:21 Not to be nerdy, but he’s got the wrong amplifier for that bass guitar.
10:30 Shark pummelling the glass is really scary. Maybe we don’t need to keep sharks in tanks.
20:37 “You killed innocent people. You ask the sea for mercy.”
26:24 Omg, are they sharks with fricking laser beams on their heads?
36:51 Is she supposed to look like Poison Ivy?
43:37 I’m glad there’s an old city, otherwise it’s not at all how Atlantis should look.
52:37 Oh no, the bad guy’s not wrong again. Dammit.
57:06 I’m trying to let a lot of this go but I do have questions about the fire underwater.
1:02:12 The lack of gravity in this fight is making my head hurt. It’s like Quidditch.
1:17:42 I’m really liking Mamoa in this. Better than in Justice League.
1:19:35 “You do your best thinking when you’re not thinking at all.”
1:28:51 Well, at least we’re trashing somewhere new. Sicily takes the brunt of this fight.
1:36:59 They don’t know the Deadmou5 guy is dead though. He fell in the water but he’s a sea pirate.
1:41:29 These are like Seaworld Gremlins.
1:46:42 NO. You can’t be at the earth’s core and have that much light.
1:57:08 The trouble with this CGI waste of time is that no one cares about this battle. We’re just waiting for Aquaman v other guy.
2:04:29 Something something trident.
2:10:27 The dad part of this is properly adorable.


Once again, my expectations were low for this. Jason Mamoa didn’t have that much to do in Justice League although what we did see was kinda fun. And in the words of Raj Koothrappali “Aquaman sucks.” But actually, in his own, standalone adventure, he didn’t suck. It wasn’t a great film overall - there were far too many legends, quite a few plot holes, and that awful ten minutes of pointless CGI towards the end.

But the good bits were great. Mamoa was funny, particularly when he was riffing off other people, and the action scenes in the first three quarters were really good. Ultimately, suspend your belief and go with the flow and it was surprisingly enjoyable.

Rating: 4 / 5

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