There’s a saying by the former US President George W. Bush:
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
Aquaman proves otherwise.
Warmongers in the depth of Atlantic are looking to wage war upon “surface people,”—as the half-Atlanteans like to call us—with their tridents and plasma guns.
But there’s a half-breed superhero walking among us. He’s half man half fish.
He was born after his father, a lighthouse keeper, and mother, a mermaid, fell in love.
He’s Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa (Sugar Mountain (2016), Braven (2018).
Director James Wan is known for his stint on horror movies such as The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) and now attempts to bring the DC Comics superhero to life.
At times, he does it pretty well.
In the underwater world colors are bright, neon and blue. Wan, by mistake or purpose, makes it clear for the viewer that under the ocean time moves slowly. Many times, this can be felt in the seat. Perhaps too many.
After the long-winding beginning Aquaman does provide some popcorn for the brain. Occasionally the action is intense. Sometimes funny.
Momoa’s co-star is Amber Heard, who’s known from films like London Fields (2018) and The Rum Diary (2011). She plays Mera and can control water. She’s half mermaid, half superhero.
One of my favorite scenes with her is when she attacks nasty enemies by blowing up a shelf full of red wine with the power of her thought.
‘Aquaman’ premieres in cinemas December 21.