‘Aquaman’: A Royal Review


I recently watched the most recent installment in the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman. There was a lot of controversy over this movie, it seemed as if audiences either loved it or they hated it. Personally, I thought it was a fresh take on the typically dark DC superhero movies.

Star Jason Momoa portrayed king of the sea Arthur Curry (Aquaman) through strength of character and and physical power. Within the first few scenes, Arthur meets the princess of Atlantis, Mera (Amber Heard), who helps him recognize himself as the rightful heir to Atlantis. Even though she is in line for queen through an arranged marriage, her spirit and loyalty shows through as she ultimately commits treason for the benefit of Atlantis.

There are many battles the Aquaman fights; the main war is between him and his step-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) for the throne. A full fledged fight breaks out between the many underwater kingdoms to help win over the throne, and Aquaman knows that the only way to defeat his brother is with the trident of Poseidon. The search for the the all-powerful weapon lasts throughout the movie, giving him the courage and character development that he needs.

One of the most memorable parts of the movie is when Aquaman retrieves the trident and presents himself in the famous golden-scaled suit recognized by anyone with even the slightest familiarity with the character, comics and cartoons alike. In this scene, he proves to the beast protecting the trident that he is worthy through a powerful (though cheesy) speech addressing that even though he’s royalty, he wasn’t born a king. However, as the story progresses, Arthur shows through both modesty and courage that he is worthy of the throne.

The one downside of this movie were the many plot holes. It seemed as if there were parts of the movie missing; there were connections that needed to be formed but weren’t. Aside from this small flaw, the acting was mainly amazing especially from the one and only Willem Dafoe, playing the role of chief counselor to the throne Nuidis Vulko. The soundtrack was also very well done, and tied the film together.

Aquaman is rated PG-13 due to violence and profanity. It was a great watch, and overall safe enough to watch with the family. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to watch an action movie with great mythological lore.