Well, I checked my list and checked it twice, and damned if there isn't an Aquaman thread yet. I had all but given up on the DC Comics milieu, but the review on Aquaman have been so positive, and the film has done so well at the box office (over $488 million worldwide so far), I had to see it. It's a little creaky, it's long as hell in spots (nearly 140 minutes), but ya know... it was a lot of fun. For those who don't know, the short explanation is that Aquaman is the half-breed between an Atlantis Queen (and by that I mean a somewhat ethereal Nicole Kidman with a ton of de-aging defocus effects) and a humble but beefy lighthouse keeper -- who is torn between his two worlds of living as a human on Earth, and his undersea people in Atlantis. Atlantis in this film is an ancient high-tech civilization that sank thousands of years ago, only the inhabitants changed their DNA to survive and thrive underwater. Don't ask how they've been there so long without being detected by humans; no doubt that'll be explained in the inevitable Aquaman 2. Aquaman has incredible strength and the ability to talk to fish (!!!) -- superpowers that have been satirized many times in The Simpsons and Family Guy -- but you somehow can buy into this if you don't start examining it too closely. There's tons of action, there's some snappy one-liners, there's amazing visual effects (and a few not-so-amazing), monsters, explosive battles with spaceships... excuse me, underwater ships, internecine rivalry, bravery, treachery, tragedy, and ultimately, triumph. If that sounds sorta/kinda like the Marvel formula, it's because it is: more than one critic has called Aquaman "the best 'Marvel' film ever made by Warner Bros." (And that's funny, ya see, because this is a DC Comics film.) Is it a good movie? It's incredibly derivative: if you've seen Avatar, Starship Troopers, Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Finding Nemo, Thor, and about two dozen major Hong Kong Kung Fu movies, you've seen a lot of Aquaman already. Director James Wan previously helmed a bunch of horror movies and Fast & Furious 7, so he clearly can handle the action and knows how to move the camera. Surprisingly, the character moments worked very well for the most part, and you will believe a man can fly real fast... underwater. Jason Momoa has got the looks, charm, and muscle to pull off the part, kind of resembling an undersea Dwayne Johnson. Momoa had some of the best lines in Justice League -- an otherwise terrible movie that barely broke even at about $650 million, but had a few good moments -- and it's good to see him break out in a franchise of his own. Gone is the dark, dreary Zach Snyder DC world, where everything is sort of a muted blue, very downbeat and drab; Aquaman has lots of light, brilliant color, and every shade of hue in the rainbow. For anybody who feared all we'd see is various shades of, well, aqua, underwater... they travel to Italy, the Sahara, various cities, and the visuals constantly move all over the globe. The director keeps things moving at a frantic pace, so while parts are a bit confusing and maybe a little rushed, by god, it's never boring. I totally get why this is Warner Bros.' first blockbuster since Wonder Woman. The hero has enough charisma and charm that you buy him in the role, as do all the other actors, and the filmmakers clearly are having a lot of fun here... something I didn't get with the last few DC WB movies. A few of the actors (particularly villainous Patrick Wilson) chew up the scenery a bit, but you expect this in a superhero movie... kind of the "Loki" of this film: the angry stepbrother who believes the throne is his birthright. I didn't love the film, but I'd have to say it's a far better movie than I had expected it to be. I'd call it "very good," maybe a 4 on a scale of 1-5, provided you don't go in expecting a film to obey a lot of rules of physics and logic. It looks to me like this is the first step on a "re-tooling" of the DC Comics Universe to bring them more in line with what mass-audiences really want to see.