Connect with us

Featured

Aquaman Review

Published

on

Aquaman Review
Aquaman Review

Aquaman is a film which comes directed by James Wan who some may know as the director of The Conjuring (2013) or Fast & Furious 7 (2015). The film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Temuera Morrison.

Aquaman is the latest film to be released which takes place inside the DC cinematic Universe of films and it’s also the first film ever to be made for the Aquaman comic book character who first appeared in 1941.

Before going in to see Aquaman this year, I was mostly excited about what the film could be. I always enjoy watching a new superhero get their own film on the big screen and while Aquaman has never been a character that I followed at all back when I used to regularly read comic books, I was still keen to see what could be done with the character on film. James Wan directing this is a big plus for the film as he’s consistently directed entertaining films in recent years. I’m happy to say that once I came out of the Aquaman screening I attended, that I felt that things were rather good.

The plot of this film follows a similar structure to what you’d expect from most superhero films. We are introduced to a reluctant hero, we see him come to know his power and abilities and struggle with a villain who threatens his world. In many ways I felt the plot of Aquaman was a little predictable, but mainly it’s more to do with so much superhero content that gets released at cinemas now that it’s becoming quite easy to see a pattern to films in this genre. There’s nothing really wrong with the Aquaman plot at all, it’s just that there’s so many other films released in recent years with very similar storylines.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman

The Aquaman character is certainly likeable and much of that is from Jason Momoa’s performance. We did see a little of this character during the release of Justice League. But what this film did was give us the personality and the character building that probably should have been done before Justice League was released.

Audiences will be introduced to the world of Aquaman, which is mostly all under the sea. Under the sea there’s a whole world down there and a fairly rich amount of lore that’s introduced to audiences. There’s other kingdoms, different kings and various political factions under the sea and these all cause a lot of drama for Aquaman to deal with. I felt that actually the world of Aquaman was one of the most interesting parts of this film and as something in the genre, it was a lot different to things I’ve seen before.

The sets and the CGI effects are quite nice. All of the water effects and hair effects of every actor under the sea are well done. The overall design of Aquaman’s under water world was quite good and I enjoyed looking at all the different things going on in the backgrounds throughout the film. There are also various under sea creatures, monsters and human like beings that are well animated and designed. For viewers going in to see this film for the special effects, I think they’ll be well entertained when it comes to this aspect.

Amber Heard in Aquaman

Amber Heard in Aquaman

The acting in the film is a little hit and miss. Jason Momoa is great and so too is Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman. But other actors in the film and many of the minor characters come across for some reason as bad. Most of them are unknowns, but it is a little off-putting at times throughout the film to have such great actors in amongst many terrible ones.

Where the film does shine a little more is in its action sequences. Many cinema attendees will mostly go and see Aquaman for its action scenes. I’m happy to say that these are quite good and Jason Momoa certainly does deliver in each of his action sequences. I’d like to also mention that having fights underwater was something really new on the big screen that I haven’t seen much of before so I enjoyed seeing that. It’s the ending of the film and final few sequences which really do put things over the edge, with the film ramping things up quite a bit towards the latter half and to be honest with you all, it was great! I’d say that if you’re going in to see this one purely for action sequences Aquaman won’t disappoint.

Overall Aquaman is a decent superhero film, but delivers a similar story to what we’re used to seeing from the genre for many years now. Where it shines though is when it does something different such as under sea fight scenes and hair that moves under water. What’s also impressive is the world of Aquaman and the rich amount of lore for the world that exists under the sea, there’s a lot of potential within Aquaman’s world to expand on should the filmmakers create a sequel. Jason Momoa delivers a likeable performance and we get to know the character of Aquaman quite well by the time it all ends. Aquaman delivers a good amount of action and will please many people looking to see an action film at the cinema this weekend. Happy to recommend seeing this one at the cinema this weekend.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Featured

Sea Of Solitude Review

Published

on

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

Continue Reading

Featured

Stuber Review

Published

on

Stuber Review

Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

Continue Reading

Articles

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

Published

on

Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

Continue Reading

Trending