Run time: 143 mins
The kingdom of Atlantis is fully realised in all its oceanic glory – via the endless wonders of computer wizardry – in this zany underwater adventure..
Gargantuan lobsters and crabs — hailing from the “Kingdom of Brine,” of course — rumble against weaponized sharks and an armada of creatures that swim by in a blur of bubbles. Swimming above the din with his trident is mega-tattooed Arthur (a mostly shirtless Jason Momoa), or, as he’ll come to be known, Aquaman.
The crisis of his adult life arrives when Aquaman’s half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) wishes to unite the various kings of the seas under his own unscrupulous rule and lead a pre-emptive attack on all those air-breathers walking around above sea level, poisoning both land and sea. Aquaman is the only person who can stop this; his own mixed ancestry (half man, half fish… I think) will bring a spiritually amphibious peace between humans and water-dwellers.
Yes, we’re firmly back in comic book territory (again), yet at least you can’t scorn this one for playing it safe. This superhero fable leans closer to the camp classics of the eighties – such as Excalibur and Flash Gordon – but make no mistake, it’s all over the plaice. (Jack Whiting)