Aquaman Thrilling and Touching

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“Aquaman” is a touching new action movie. It’s not all about fight scenes and trident-swinging, though those moments were awesome and well-choreographed. The emotional weight of the movie is what makes it extra powerful. A combination of justice, identity, forgiveness, and self-worth themes nearly bring tears at many moments, and are very inspiring.

Arthur (Jason Momoa) is a half breed, his mom an Atlantean queen and his dad a lighthouse keeper. He knows about where he comes from, but doesn’t usually bother to pay attention to the politics of the sea. He’s too busy tracking down ocean pirates and saving submarine crews. Arthur doesn’t want to be a hero, and certainly not a king. But when his half brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) wants to wage war against the surface, Arthur teams up with the rebel Princess Mera (Amber Heard) to save the world he knows, and to take his rightful place as king of the sea. To do this, he must obtain Atlan’s trident, a mystic artifact that has been lost for centuries. If he has the trident and beats Orm, the people will accept him as king and stop the war Orm so badly wants.

I really love how the movie is written, with a mix of fast-paced action sequences and heart-wrenching themes to draw the viewers in emotionally. The coloring is beautiful, and I love the new imagining of Atlantis that doesn’t completely match other common myths but adds a lot to the story. I would really suggest seeing this in the big screen, because a home television can’t do justice to the amazing views in the movie.The characters have very humorous relationships with one another, always cracking a joke or messing around. My only qualm with the plot is that it matches “How to Train Your Dragon 2” almost eerily. There are so many similarities that when you think about it, it’s very hard to imagine that this is a coincidence. Even with this detraction, I still think “Aquaman” is worth seeing for anyone ages ten and up who likes DC or Marvel. DC has shown a darker face since the broody version of Batman was imagined, and it’s very refreshing to see a DC movie with humor and jokes in it. It’s not that dark, but it does have some vulgar language. If you go to see it, though, you really need to stay until the end, because DC pulled a Marvel and tacked on an end-credits scene.