Film Review: Aquaman

The sixth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and directed by James Wan, Aquaman tells the origin story of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, who goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. It’s a journey that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be – a king – replacing his half-brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

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Film Review: Young Adult

(Published in Issue 7 of my publication In Retrospect)

From the duo that created Juno, directed by Jason Reitman and based on a screenplay written by Diablo Cody, Young Adult is a dark comedy that followers teen literature author Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school. After a recent divorce and on deadline with her editor to finish the last book of her soon-to-be-cancelled series, Mavis returns to her hometown after receiving a photograph of her ex-high school boyfriend Buddy’s (Patrick Wilson) new baby, thinking it to be a sign that the two are meant to be together. Despite Buddy’s new family with his wife Beth (Elizabeth Reaser), Mavis is determined to rekindle their romance, but her drinking sessions with fellow high school classmate Matt (Patton Oswalt) don’t bring out her best side, as it becomes obvious that Mavis still has a few lessons to learn in life.

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Film Review: Watchmen

Directed by Zack Snyder and based on the 1986–87 DC Comics of the same name, Watchmen is set in an alternate America where costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered (Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s The Comedian), masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates – Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre II (Malin Åkerman), Doctor Manhattan (Billy Crudup), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) – Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world’s future.

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