‘Aquaman’ Spoiler-Free Review
I couldn’t have been more excited to watch the new Aquaman movie, especially since I’ve slowly become more aware of Arthur Curry’s origin story, or different variations of it, over the last few years. I was even more excited after watching the trailer because seeing Aquaman wearing the classic green and orange suit was awesome, especially because it still looks really sleek, despite the bright colors. It’s now been just over a week since the film’s release, which has just topped the $100 million mark in domestic box offices (according to Forbes magazine) and is reportedly on track to earn $1 billion (according to Screen Rant). So with that, here’s my non-spoiler take on the movie.
As I said before, I’ve read and watched different versions of Aquaman’s origin stories with a few variations, specifically when referring to Arthur Curry’s parents. There are versions where his father is alive and there are others where he’s passed once we see Arthur in the present time, but because this is a spoiler-free review, all I’ll say is that I think the screenwriters made the right decision. Seeing Arthur learn how to fight from Vulko, who is Atlantis’ chief adviser, was awesome, and it explains how Arthur knows how to fight and use his power.
King Orm and Black Manta
His parents aside, the story follows the very basic Aquaman origin story line which involves Arthur having to go to Atlantis to stop his half-brother, Orm (AKA Ocean Master), from starting a war with surface dwellers, as they call it, after years of being the ocean’s best kept secret. Orm works with Black Manta to prove his point, but in all honesty, the movie could have done without Black Manta because it did take away from the main story. The fight between Arthur and Black Manta isn’t resolved, and it’s teased to be in the next Aquaman movie so they could have just waited to introduce him in the next movie, and it would’ve shaved a half hour from the movie, which has a run-time that surpasses the two-hour mark. But at least the fight between Black Manta and Orm’s army versus Aquaman and Mera was admittingly pretty great.
Aquaman and Mera
Speaking of which, we’re also introduced to Mera, who later becomes Arthur’s wife in the comics. We follow Arthur and Mera throughout the movie as they travel to Italy and the Sahara desert in their search for the King Atlan’s trident, called the Trident of Neptune, to show Atlanteans that Arthur is their rightful king. Mera essentially motivates Arthur to become the king of Atlantis because Arthur isn’t so keen on it; he’s just helping out because he wants to avoid the war Orm is planning to start. Their love story, which spans almost the entire film, is sweet, but I became much more impartial to the forbidden love between Arthur’s parents, Queen Atlanna and Tom Curry.
Have you seen Aquaman yet? If you have, let me know what you thought of the film down in the comments!
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