AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM – “Is waterlogged with a disjointed story and more than a few shoddy visuals”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: James Wan (Aquaman - 2018)

MAIN CAST

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman
Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius / Ocean Master
Amber Heard as Mera
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane / Black Manta
Nicole Kidman as Atlanna

SYNOPSIS

It is the sequel to Aquaman (2018), and the 15th and final installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Several years after the events of the first film, Arthur Curry / Aquaman is forced to protect Atlantis and his loved ones from devastation after an ancient power is unleashed by David Kane / Black Manta obtaining the cursed Black Trident. In order to achieve this, he will have to seek help from an unlikely ally, his half-brother Orm.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is waterlogged with a disjointed story and more than a few shoddy visuals. To say it will leave fans of the first instalment disappointment is an understatement. The problem is that it’s all very banal, this despite trying to do and say a lot (in a short amount of time, mind you). Are there splashes of fun? Sure, there are. It can get pretty silly at times too – bordering on overly cartoonish. The movie also veers into more serious action territory on occasion, delivering a couple of director James Wan’s signature “bad ass” moments in the process. Unfortunately, the movie flip flops in tone more than a fish fresh out of water. But here’s the thing, Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson make for a ton of fun. Momoa alone is a larger-than-life presence who you just can’t help but be drawn to. Trust me, his charisma is a true driving force here – one the film is very lucky to have. When teamed with Patrick, the movie is at its most enjoyable. It’s too bad then that every other character, including our villain, are disappointingly underdeveloped (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II deserved so much better as Black Manta). And maybe it was the abysmal dialogue the actors were asked to recite, but everyone feels as if they are just going through the motions, as if it’s some kind of run-through. In fact, the entire film feels like it’s a “rough draft.” The first chunk alone feels like it’s from a different movie altogether. As for the underwater spectacle that is Aquaman’s home, Atlantis, it’s one again (mostly) awe inspiring. There’s a magic to the world that’s been created, and for the most part, it’s pleasing to the eyeballs. Not all the special effects impress however, as some character CGI renders are laugh worthy bad. So, if you were looking for Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom to send the DCEU off with a splash (before the forthcoming reboot), you’ll be sad to hear that it’s no more than a light drizzle.

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