Review by HB Kirk
Sadly, soldiers from Atlantis arrive to “fetch” the lost queen as she was already spoken for in an arranged marriage underwater. She leaves to fulfill that duty and bears another son. Enter Thor… or Cain and Abel. Anyway, two brothers; one blonde one brunette. One legitimate the other an earthly bastard and they are enemies. I should have been bored, but I wasn’t.
Arthur rescues some soldiers in a submarine at sea who were attacked by pirates. This encounter creates a new nemesis for Aquaman—Black Manta—who coincidentally gets hired by the jealous blonde brother with orders to kill Arthur. This convoluted arrangement smacks of Spiderman’s jealous ex-friend’s father (again Willem Dafoe), Norman Osborn, “The Green Goblin.” Black Manta builds his own ‘uniform’ just like Tony Stark in Ironman, only with an Antman head.
The story heats up when the Atlantean blonde brother’s girlfriend, Queen Mera, buzzes to town to warn Arthur that his half-brother is going to wage war on earth if he isn’t stopped. Obvious mutual attraction here and plenty of flirtatious banter reminiscent of Sweet Home Alabama. She, with flowing fiery red hair resembling the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and he, a cross between Encino man (Brendan Fraser), Captain Jack Sparrow, and Fabio (I can’t believe it’s not butter.) Together Mera and Arthur travel underwater caverns and slides that scream Raiders of The Lost Ark, searching for the Trident. It’s a gold pitchfork thingy said to transfer all the power of the previous trident-wheeling gods to the one true King when retrieved. Of course, Arthur must get past a massive beast who has been guarding the Trident for centuries; hello creepy Dementor in Harry Potter. A fabulous roof-top chase scene through Italy conjures images of Mission Impossible Fallout (Tom Cruise) and Aladdin.
The siblings fighting for the title of “Ocean Master” look like they fell out of the movie “Nemo, the way they are able to flit around in the water. As war wages and bizarre sea creatures zip around underwater in odd mini, colorful fighting jets, a merging of Star Wars and Speed Racer comes to mind. Pretty cool stuff. When the battle makes its way on land, it’s like Jurassic Park, the creatures are so ancient-looking. At one point when a massive sea monster bolted up from the ocean, I thought, “Waterhorse!” My family cried, “It’s the Kraken!” It was fun.
I was pleased with the tried and true formula ending; good boy gets girl; bad boy gets hauled off. Aquaman is rated PG-13. The violence warrants the rating as well as fewer than 5 curse words; no F-bombs,. There is light kissing by one couple lying in bed (clothes on, no sex) and a sweet kiss by Aquaman and Mera. No nudity, just futuristic, body-hugging, Justice League clothes that don’t leave much to the imagination. Ironically, the end scene when Aquaman soars upward out of the water in his flashy, form-fitting costume, Trident in hand—nothing except Aquaman came to mind.
If you have seen the movie Aquaman and experienced ‘movie Deja-vu’ and would like to share, please do. I’d love to hear from you.
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