Aquaman (2018), Dir. James Wan

Aquaman (2018), Dir. James Wan
Show-off. I could’ve just peed on it.
— Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Aquaman (2018)

Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren, Ludi Lin, Graham McTavish, Michael Beach, Julie Andrews, Djimon Hounsou, John Rhys-Davies, Randall Park, Natalia Safran, Leigh Whannell, Otis Dhanji, Kaan Guldur, Kekoa Kumano.
Director: James Wan.
Screenplay: James Wan, Will Beall, & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

This film had me grinning the entire time. It is fun, eye popping with colour and beautiful set and costume design. It feels like comic panels have been painted and brought to life. It taught me the complex mythology and geography of a world I have never encountered in an elegant fashion. Aquaman may have solved how to create a comic world without having to insanely modernise it to have it fit in the modern world.

Temuera Morrison & Nicole Kidman are mega cute together. I am glad for this relationship as it is the crux of the conflict for Aquaman. My Kiwi self was so excited to see these two share a screen and romance, it is something I could not dream but am so happy it now exists.

The entire film was cast well with Patrick Wilson & Willem Dafoe, but really this whole film has to rest on the Shoulders of Jason Momoa & Amber Heard. Guess what, they delivered. They met the challenge of being aware of the silliness and freaking embracing it by taking their world seriously. They worked so well as a team on screen that I just had to keep watching them. The Segment in Sicily and the Sahara may have to be my comic film highlight of the year.

They made this film when the DCEU was at it's lowest popularity and yet they were able to ignore all that negativity and make something genuinely decent and worthy of its budget and talent behind it. Yay for Aquaman, he is now damn cool.

★ ★ ★ ★