Michelle Reynolds, Staff Writer

After years of witnessing Marvel Comics dominate the big screens, Dec. 21, 2018, DC Comics made a splash in the superhero genre with the release of “Aquaman.” This film follows Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, as he goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Aquaman made his debut in “Batman vs. Superman” and was a prominent character in “Justice League,” but this was the first movie to put him front-and-center. After watching this movie, my only thought was, why didn’t they make this sooner!

Other DC movies felt slow, long and dreary, but with “Aquaman,” it’s as if DC listened to the audience’s complaints and learned from them. At 143 minutes, this movie zoomed by, cutting out all the unnecessary moments and focusing on creating an immersive world. The audience was sucked into the intense battle scenes, awe-inspiring scenery and non-stop action that played out like a videogame come to life. “Aquaman” was equal parts action and comedy. Though the humor was similar to the humor you would have loved as an adolescent, this movie was still hilariously charming.

Online critic Michael Ordona said, “Like Wonder Woman, this adventure marks a move in the right direction for the Justice League/DC Extended Universe.”

The film’s casting was spot on. Jason Momoa brings a down-to-earth vibe to Aquaman that makes the character incredibly relatable and funny. As you watch him fight underwater villains or communicate with sea-creatures, audiences can’t help but think of how cool he is. Plus, there were a lot of corny one-liners that only Jason Momoa could pull off.

While I was hesitant to see a movie that primarily takes place underwater, it was actually one of the highlights of this PG-13 movie. Much care was given to the scenery because the underwater world that was created was breathtaking. The special effects also helped elevate this movie. The movement of the characters as they floated through the water was intriguing and smooth to watch. It was so well-done, it let movie watchers became Atlantians as they effortlessly swam alongside Aquaman through Atlantis, feeling the cool water surrounding their skin. The fight scenes smartly utilized the 360 of being in the water, adding another dimension to the action. Really, it was a crime not to see this movie on a big screen, especially IMAX.

Online critic Shibaji Roychoudhury said that with this movie, “The positives outweigh the negatives, with strong performances, captivating action set pieces, and a ballsy background score and soundtrack. But above all, is the visual effects. This movie is a CGI carnival if you enjoy visual effects.”

With the film grossing $1.1 billion worldwide, it is the biggest movie ever made based on a DC Comics property, and it’s clear why. “Aquaman” put a refreshing spin on the origin story-based movies. Whatever flaws this movie had were drowned out by the special effects, the action and the overall fun vibe of this movie. With the sequel already confirmed, audiences are excited to dive right in to this new series.