Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantisis now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language
Runtime: 2h 23 min
Aquaman is one of those properties that could have gone off the rails fairly easily much like Marvel’s Thor. The best thing DC did was nail the casting much like they did with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa has great screen presence and he never takes himself overly serious. He’s had a trial run with him making an impressive debut in Justice League and he proves that he’s more than capable of carrying his own film here. The combination of James Wan and Jason Momoa make for an incredibly fun film which has a massive scope but it never loses its focus even as it becomes more and more ridiculous. Wan does a healthy bit of world building delivering some incredibly impressive visual set pieces and action sequences. After a bit of a slow start the film revs up and never let’s down, its energy is palpable through out even at nearly two in half hours. The supporting cast rounds out the film with Amber Heard leaving the biggest impression with Nichole Kidman coming in a strong second. It’s a testament to how well crafted the film is that you can overlook a few missteps like a bland villain, Black Manta would have worked better as the primary baddie, and some formulaic story beats. Even so Aquaman is a superhero film that’s sure to please nearly everyone especially long suffering DC fans.