What's It About?
Despite resisting his true calling, half human half Atlantean Arthur Curry is forced to join the fray to save both mankind and the Atlanteans, when his half-brother Orm goes for a power grab and wages war on the surface.
Who's In It?
Jason Momoa (Game Of Thrones, Conan The Barbarian, & more recently Justice League)
Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Three Days To Kill, & more recently The Danish Girl)
Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious & more recently The Commuter)
Other notables include:
Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier, Expendables, & more recently Creed II)
Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, The Hours, & more recently Big Little Lies)
Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man, & more recently The Florida Project)
Director: James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Fast & Furious 7, & more recently The Conjuring 1 & 2)
DC have always been up against it in the Marvel wars, after their rival beat them to the punch by some distance. But instead of learning from the success of Marvel, DC decided to rush out their conceivably stronger characters of Batman and Superman, in what proved to be repeatedly failures.
As a result, having failed to establish their characters sufficiently, Justice League, their answer to Avengers Assemble, failed to satisfy sufficiently, despite the success of Wonder Woman earlier that year.
So now one of the other major characters in that ensemble gets his origin story - a little late if you ask me. Played as a pumped up, self-confident surfer dude, Arthur Curry really has a zero xxxxs attitude to life. Born to a human lighthouse keeper and an Atlantean princess fleeing an arranged marriage, Arthur has a claim to the throne beneath the surface but has no interest whatsoever in entering the water world that stole his mother.
However, when his half-brother Orme makes a bid for supreme power below the waves by starting a war with humans for their polluting ways - note the ecological messaging kids - Arthur is forced to get involved and claim the throne that is rightfully his and bring peace to the two realms.
Jason Momoa is well cast as the superhero with attitude - for once one that isn't wracked by self doubt. And he has an impressive if underused cast alongside. Dolph Lundgren and Willem Dafoe do admirably well with limited speech and ludicrous sea creatures to ride, while Nicole Kidman impresses as Arthur's ethereal mother. It must have been tempting though to approach Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah to play Arthur's parents.
Patrick Wilson comes off less well, however, with limited scope as the baddie, while Amber Heard feels more like a live action Ariel from the Little Mermaid. That said, despite the sometime generic and sometime weird plot, everyone tries manfully, and director James Wan absolutely saturates the film with action set pieces. Watchable fun, but instantly forgettable.
In A Nutshell:
A valiant effort with a ton of action to enjoy, but a weak and at times predictable plot ensure DC are still on the back foot.
Jason Momoa is fun to watch
There is an overload of action
Plot and sense are pretty low down on the priority order
Certificate: 12 / 12A