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H and I Sat through Aquaman this afternoon. That's 2 hours and 23 minutes of my life that I'm not going to get back. It was close to an hour too long and consisted mostly of fight scenes with a bit of origin story wrapped around them. Apparently the UK version was cut to remove some of the gore to secure a 12A rating. I can't say that was a bad move. Aquaman, half human, half Atlantean, has to accept his heritage and fight for his rightful place as king to prevent a war between Atlantis and the surface world. The whole thing is visually sumptuous and the special effects/CGI are, as you might expect, stunningly good, but that's about the only positive thing I have to say. OK, maybe I could say that Jason Momoa did a creditable job in the title role, but I had more sympathy for Temuera Morrison as Aquaman's dad. Nicole Kidman as his mum was under-used. The costumes were good, though there were some jarring continuity glitches when someone seemed to change costume without having any opportunity to do so in the story. The undersea 'ocean' in some sort of cavern deep in the Trench was entirely reminiscent of Journey to the Centre of the Earth (the 1959 version) complete with dinosaurs that were not story-relevant. The script was... well... pretty abysmal, really. Witty banter? No. Incisive dialogue? No. The plot is messy. Things happen without the consequences being explored, and the big reveal towards the end entirely predictable. Frankly I was bored, especially when fight scenes went on for way too long. I am reminded that (Wonder Woman excepted) DC comic-based movies are generally not a patch on Marvel ones.  (Come back Christopher Reeve, and remind us how good the first two Superman movies were.)

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