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Top 5 Best Things About Aquaman

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Aquaman is the fifth film in the DC Extended Universe but it manages to escape all the baggage that comes with that franchise. Instead of being overly dark to the point of absurdity, it is wonderfully bright and optimistic. Backed by a wonderful cast, a fun story, and breathtaking visuals, Aquaman finally proves to everyone who doesn’t read comics that Aquaman is awesome. Here are the top five reasons for how it does that.

Villains With Personal Grudges Against The Hero

In superhero films, there are a variety of good and bad villains. Often the best villains are ones with a personal connection to the hero as it makes the drama of the movie all the more intense. Aquaman gets this right by taking two of the biggest Aquaman villains and putting them right on the big screen. Orm, or as he would prefer to be known, Ocean Master, is the half-brother of Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, and the two are fighting over the throne of Atlantis. And then you David Kane, whose father’s death was caused by Arthur, so he is out for revenge. Giving the villains a personal stake in what is going on is a fundamental part of storytelling and Aquaman manages to knock it out of the park. Next up is how Aquaman manages to bring a comic to life…

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Feels Like A Comic Book

Aquaman manages to structure its film in a way that feels like comic book storytelling. It certainly has the Hollywood standard of a three-act structure, but what is done with it works. This is an action-adventure film through and through. Arthur goes on several different adventures that further his character development as well as further the plot. While watching it feels like a series of individual arcs that is building to one grand conclusion, just like the best runs of comics. Comics are colorful, it’s one of their defining traits, and this film presents the story that way as well…

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Visually Stunning With Lush Colors

One thing that will catch your attention in the film is the attention to the visual effects, both large and small. Through a combination of CGI and practical effects, James Wan manages to bring Atlantis to life. Since the film primarily takes place underwater, the superb effects to convince you that they legitimately filmed it underwater are impressive. As a result, the bright and colorful tone of the film is aided by visual effects that are not afraid to bring to life comic book designs, complete with the famous orange and green costume. The film also takes a character from the comics that is wonderfully interesting and puts her faithfully into the film…

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Love Interest That Matters

Superhero films are infamous for their rather lackluster love interests and romantic subplots. In contrast, the strengths of the comics often come from these aspects. Amber Heard brings to life Queen Mera, the fiery and stalwart character, brilliantly. She is as much the hero as Arthur and in many ways goes through the more interesting character arc. Mera is one superhero love interest that dosen’t get left behind in all the action and deserves a film in her own right. Speaking of the cast…

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Fantastic Casting

The casting of the characters in this film is pure perfection. From William Dafoe’s understated performance as Vulko to Patrick Wilson’s over the top but still relatable performance as Orm. Jason Momoa, who has recently become a household name due to Game of Thrones and Stargate: Atlantis, holds his own breathing new life into Arthur Curry. Considering mainstream audiences who have never read a comic believe Aquaman to be silly, even if he’s anything but that, the cast had to make them believe in the character. They certainly succeed in that.

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