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Big bloated mess
ou may have recently heard about an
extravagant wedding in India – where
the two involved families' net worth
is reportedly $53 billion – that cost
somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million.
Whenever I hear of numbers like that for
something that doesn't last that long, I typically
think of all of the good that most of that money
could have done for those in need. I mean,
really, once you get above $10 million for
nuptials, the rest is just fluff.
I get similar feelings when I hear or read that
some movie cost hundreds of millions of dollars
with its advertising and marketing often costing
just as much.
All of which brings us around to "Aquaman,"
the latest attempt by Warner Bros. and the DC
Universe to create a hit to match what Marvel
cranks out at least once or twice a year. With a
budget reportedly in the $160 to $200 million
range and who knows how much on A & M, the
film will likely make back that much and maybe
more. But again, if I were running the show, I
wouldn't be spending that much dough on one
of the lesser beloved comic book characters.
And if I were, I'd certainly want it to be far,
far better than what's ultimately delivered. Sure,
fanboys and fangirls (including critics who fall
into such groupings) will likely heap praise on
this offering. I have to tell you, however, that
for everyone else it's a big bloated mess that
overstays its 143-some minute runtime by, oh, I
don't know, roughly 140 minutes.
It's wildly uneven and clogs the screen with
special effects that range from pretty great to
pretty bad (but which are never in short supply).
It also features some cringe-worthy dialogue,
a hero and villain pairing that's so physically
uneven the outcome is never in doubt, forced
humor (and romance), and – well, I could go on
In short, the flick comes off like an adolescent
bender of mixing any superhero movie. I can sit
through a lot of bad films, but I'm guessing you
might need some Indian billionaire money to get
me to endure this misfire again.
That's a shame since Jason Momoa seems
just right for the part.
Director James Wan ("Saw," "The Conjuring,"
"Furious 7") and screenwriters David Leslie
Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall give us a
little back-story in the form of a lighthouse
keeper (Temuera Morrison) who finds a woman
(Nicole Kidman) washed up down on the shore.
She's pretty (and pretty confused), and makes
short order of his TV with her trident. We quickly
learn that she's the Queen of Atlantis and has
fled an arranged marriage.
The two have a half-human, half Atlantean
boy (sadly no gills for breathing) who grows up
only to have his mother abandon them for their
The main story then kicks in where we learn
that King Orm (a badly miscast Patrick Wilson
from a physical standpoint) wants to reunite the
fractured kingdoms of what was once Atlantis
and take on the surface world for some deep sea
comeuppance, not only for getting to exist out
in the open, but also for polluting and otherwise
harming the sea and those who live in it.
– Jim Judy, Screen It!
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science
Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: James Wan
Runtime: 143 minutes
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard,
The End of the
lienated teenager James (Alex
Lawther) thinks he might be a
psychopath. He enjoys killing animals
and once stuck his hand in a deep
fryer just to feel something.
Alienated teenager Alyssa (Jessica Barden)
thinks she might be in love with James. She
knows she hates her rich family and wants to
reconnect with her absent birth father. She
convinces James to steal his father's car and
come with her on a road trip to find errant dad.
She thinks it's romantic. He thinks she might
be his first human victim. Kids, hey?
Adapted from the graphic novel by Charles S.
Forsman, The End of the F***ing World takes the
lovers-on-the-run model beloved of American
cinema since the year dot and filters through an
understated, wry, British sensibility.
It is quite violent – two minutes in we have
James dispatching a cat with a knife – but also
thoughtful and self-deprecating, setting up our
two protagonists as initially unlikable and self-
deluded, but gradually evincing empathy as their
tragic back stories are revealed over the course
of the series, and they come to realise that their
morbid self-obsession and instinctive acts of
rebellion have real world consequences.
Still, why is it a series? The show is surprisingly
slow paced, and it's not hard to imagine a
version of the series edited down to feature
length that would retain its mood, themes, and
black comedy. It feels like its current form is a
concession to the binge-watch streaming model,
but there's not really enough story to justify it.
Still, it's an enjoyable enough slice of sardonic
– Travis Johnson, FilmInk
Where to watch: Netflix
Directors: Jonathan Entwhistle and
Cast: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden
THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD:
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