"Aquaman"

This film was a fun ride and what a $200 million film looks like. Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is called by Mera (Amber Heard) to fight his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) against a war on the mainland and to take his rightful throne as king.

Jason Momoa was born to play this role. He balances the raucous with the emotion. I enjoyed the bond between father and son. Nicole Kidman is ever ethereal as Queen Atlanna. Patrick Wilson plays a striking foil as King Orm, particularly because it is a departure from his signature acting. Amber Heard is the heart of the film as Mera. Willem Dafoe is stunning as Vulko. I could not help but see Green Goblin but Willem gives vigor and guidance to Arthur/Aquaman as Vulko. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is vengeful as Manta, a pirate. His character was underutilized for he was a true villain. Does Michael Beach ever not play a bad guy? He plays Jesse, Manta’s father, in a seemingly unnecessary role except to build the drama for Manta’s motivation to kill Aquaman. Dolph Lundgren continues to have a year as King Nereus, who is not a villain but has loyalty to King Orm. Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Otis Dhanji and Kekoa Kekumano are a part of a powerful supporting cast.

Director James Wan takes the audience into the beat of the action with electric colors. Writers David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall with a story by Geoff Johns, James Wan and Will Beall wrote a solid script with dramatic points that moved well. I would like more backstory between Vulko and Arthur. An older gentleman in my theater laughed out loud, enjoying the funny peppered throughout the film. There are political points without weighing the film down, a reminder not to disrespect the ocean. The film is long but keeps the interest with the underwater world. Mera wears a stunning sea green suit by Costume Designer Kym Barrett. The hair and makeup department created stunning looks, especially King Orm’s and Vulko’s updos.