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"Aquaman" James Wan

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 11:50 am

For anyone that follows the motion picture hits based on Detective Comics (D.C.), the new movie, “Aquaman,” did not disappoint. Aquaman, also know as Arthur Curry, is played by Jason Momoa, who made his debut as the underwater suoerhero in the movie “Justice League” in 2017. With this movie, we got to see the background story of Curry’s transformation into Aquaman.

The movie starts with Aquaman’s father Thomas Curry, played by Temuera Morrison, preparing for a storm at his lighthouse. He suddenly catches a glimpse of what appears to be a woman (Nicole Kidman) washed up on shore. He takes her in and tends to her wounds as she tells her story to him. She told him she was Queen Atlanna of Atlantis, who ran away due to an arranged marriage that she did not want. Now, at this point I started to get “The Little Mermaid” vibes, but I was intrigued to see where it would go. The two ended up falling in love and thus, the birth of Aquaman. 

Things go downhill when the queen is hunted down to return to Atlantis. Though reluctant, she leaves to save her family. She promises to return to Thomas whenever it is safe and he promises to wait for her. They planned to meet at the end of the dock at dawn. He waited for her every day.

Fast forward to present day, the audience finds that Arthur has embraced his aquatic instinct and uses his power to help those that are in need. In his first battle against modern–day pirates, Arthur walked away unscathed. The villianous pirate Black Manta, however, lost his father in the intense battle. 

As this is all going down, current king of Atlantis, King Orm (Patrick Wilson) wants to wage a war against the surface, when he is attacked by naval ships. This begins his mission to persuade the other four kingdoms, starting with Xebel, to join him in his crusade. The plot twist I did not expect is when it was revealed Orm paid the pirates in advance to attack naval ships and have them try to attack Atlantis to make it seem like the surface was waging war. 

Mera, (Amber Heard), the firey red head Princess from Xebel, along with Atlantean Nuidis (William Devoe), a royal advisor, convince Arthur that he is the only one who can prevent the war between the two worlds. Arthur and Mera travel many miles to find the trident of the original King of Atlantis.

The legend has it that he who wields the trident controls the Seven Seas. Though he feels unworthy, Arthur realizes he is indeed the true ruler of Atlantis, because he is the only one who has been able to release the trident. The movie also took a different twist on the underwater Kraken creature. The creature could only communicate with the true king of Atlantis, Arthur.

Arthur is able to stop Orm from taking over the last kingdom, thus ending the fight against the surface before it began and uniting the four kingdoms once again.

This movie was beautifully made and satisfies the super nerd in me. Plus there was another plot twist at the end that I did not expect at all, but you’ll have to watch the movie to find out!

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