“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is a 2023 superhero movie that is a splash of action and humor based on the DC character Aquaman. Directed by the water Wizard James Wan and starring the mighty Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, it’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for since 2018.
With a star-studded cast, including Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman, this film is the 15th and final instalment in the DC Extended Universe.
It premieres at the Grove, Los Angeles, on December 19, 2023, and hits the big screens in the United States on December 22, and running for 123 minutes.
WHAT IS AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM ABOUT? PLOT/ SYNOPSIS.
Arthur Curry, so many people’s underwater hero is back, balancing his kingly duties with a dash of domestic bliss. Arthur, now the ruler of Atlantis, has tied the knot with the fierce Mera and is playing dad to little Arthur Jr. A family man with a crown – what could go wrong?
Well, there’s a vengeful David Kane, aka Black Manta, still nursing a grudge for Arthur’s father-related shenanigans. Manta, armed with a black trident promising to make Aquaman’s life a watery nightmare, teams up with marine biologist Stephen Shin in a quest for Atlantean artifacts. And guess what? They stumble upon a black trident, setting off a chain of events that would make Poseidon do a double take.
Fast forward to a climactic showdown in Atlantis, where Manta goes full throttle on his revenge plan. But hold on to your seahorses, because there’s more to this tale than meets the eye. Turns out, the use of orichalcum, a nifty Atlantean resource, has some unintended consequences, like planetary chaos and almost wiping out life on Earth.
To unravel Manta’s plans, Arthur breaks his half-brother Orm out of prison, and together they embark on a globetrotting adventure. But wait, there’s a twist! The black trident has ties to Kordax, the rogue brother of King Atlan, and it holds the key to unlocking an ancient menace.
MY THOUGHTS ON AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM.
Jason Momoa’s charm and screen presence serve as the film’s foundation and carry it forward. His timing, particularly in terms of comedy, is impeccable, and his portrayal of Aquaman is compelling.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II seems drained here. A good actor, but he’s relegated to playing a standard villain hungry for vengeance, while his right arm, Stingray, is as one-dimensional as they come. It doesn’t help that the actress who portrays Stingray is also cardboard.
Amidst these tidal waves of criticism which I will get to in a bit, do not lose hope as the characters in this film stand out – the bromance between Aquaman and Ocean Master. Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson deliver a commendable performance, injecting some much-needed charisma into the movie.
The theme of brotherhood shines through, providing a lifeline amid a sea of flaws. Before writing this review, many people were asking, “Is Amber Heard in it?” Well, yeah. Did she have many scenes? Her presence accounted for a small portion of the entire film.
Her character, Mera, had an important role but director James Wan understood when to show her and when not to. The question, ‘Is her presence vital on screen?’ appears to be what James Wan would ask himself before deciding to cast her. Despite having few sentences, she delivered a bland performance.
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND VISUAL DESIGN.
I have concerns about the visual and atmospheric elements within the scenes of this movie. I mean, I saw several wide views employed, especially in the first act, but the problem here is the amount of visual pacing and composition; the surrounds, places, and/or environs were only there because… they were meant to be. It added little to the tale.
However, when scenes were busy or contained several objects or people, the cameras did not allow the viewers enough time to breathe and digest the sights. There were several mid to quick cuts, and there was little appreciation for the pictures they created. Ultimately, I was dissatisfied.
The first act meanders into documentary-style exposition, attempting an alien-esque slow burn that, let’s be honest, misses the mark. The villains this time around are forgettable, with motivations as weak as a jellyfish’s backbone. The final battle? Brace yourself for a head-scratching blend of bad storytelling and questionable execution.
The sequel seems to suffer from an identity crisis, like a buffet of movie themes all crammed into one. From Indiana Jones adventures to Ridley Scott’s Alien vibes, it’s a rollercoaster of tone that might leave you feeling like Aquaman took a detour through Disneyland – minus the ‘fun.’
The theme of Brotherhood stands out. The relationship between the two brothers steals the show, turning what could have been a sinking ship into an enjoyable adventure. Family takes center stage, even with Amber Heard making a surprising splash in the flick.
In a sea of superhero films drowning in complexity, “Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom” stands out for its simplicity. The recycled villain may raise an eyebrow, but the straightforward plot and engaging action make it a decent addition to the superhero saga.
Director James Wan, despite being reined in, retains the essence that made the first installment unique. The score by Rupert Gregson-Williams remixes familiar themes, while improved CG gives the underwater world a more believable touch.
In conclusion, “Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom” may lack the wild charm of its predecessor but sails smoothly as a solid comic book movie. It’s a climate crisis metaphor wrapped in a buddy cop bromance, taking us on an entertaining journey through breathtaking locations.
Surprisingly, Aquaman 2 caters more to the younger audience craving monster battles than those seeking a riveting narrative. The film treads water, attempting to be epic without offering substance, leaving us with a spectacle that feels big but ultimately empty.
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