Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Film in Cinemas / Aquaman (12A, 143 Mins)

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Film in Cinemas / Aquaman (12A, 143 Mins)

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STARRING: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Manteen II, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison.

DIRECTOR: James Wan.

OCEANS rise and standards fall in Aquaman, a bloated origin story for the eponymous DC Comics superhero, which capsizes in a tsunami of splashy digital effects and melodramatic storytelling.

Scriptwriters David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall crown a new king of Atlantis via a convoluted treasure hunt above and below cresting waves where armies of armoured crocodiles and seahorses clash in titanic battle to the thunderclap of composer Rupert Gregson-Williams' bombastic score.

Sweeping panoramas of otherworldly marine creatures locked in bloody combat owe a debt to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy in their gargantuan scale and execution, but there is no emotional connection to two-dimensional characters in the midst of the melee. …

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