For many years, I was a Marvel / DC movie fan. Not a rapid fan, mind you, but enough of a fan to watch the movies. And not enough of a fan to pay money for those movies…. that’s another story. The last few years have soured me however. I never could keep the X-Men timeline straight and the movies became darker and darker. When I started to see spoilers about who would die in the last big Avenger extravaganza, I decided it was time to take a pass.
Over the weekend, I was surfing around the on-demand movies and saw the Aquaman had once again jumped to the top of the list. I turned it on with a little trepidation, telling myself that I could always just turn it off – not like I had and expensive ticket stub in my pocket or a full tub of popcorn on my lap.
It was a classic underdog good guy against bad guys who just seem to be bad because they can. Aquaman’s human name is Arthur, which was a bit endearing, and I managed to suspend all sense of reality.
But the big surprise was the lead female character, Mera. She was intelligent, strong, driven and a magnificent warrior. In every fight scene (and there were many) she held her own and in fact, saved Aquaman at one point. Never did she scream, faint, shrink back behind the hero or need to be rescued by him. Towards the end of the final battle, she is the one who plants a whopper kiss on him, not the other way around. The only other female character (Arthur’s mother) was also fabulous – a warrior queen who made the ultimate sacrifice for her family.
It’s too bad that there were only two of these splendid characters. The rest of the movie was fairly predictable, although it had a few minutes of wry humor here and there. It was entirely because of the two women that I can say I enjoyed the overall film.
Tell me about your favorite women movie characters!