Warner Bros. Pictures releases Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in Theaters Worldwide on December 22nd
Reviewed by: Joy Parris
Directed by James Wan and penned by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” marks the return of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II portraying David Hyde/Manta. The cast also features Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Randall Park, Nicole Kidman, and Temuera Morrison.
The film kicks off with Arthur (Aquaman) recounting a dangerous rescue mission to his son showcasing a breathtaking battle that highlights the extent of his powers and unwavering resolve. As the reigning King of Atlantis, Arthur endeavors to persuade the Atlantean Council to reveal themselves to the surface world. Meanwhile, Manta (David Hyde) assembles a team to unearth Atlantean technology, aiming to repair his Manta suit for the sole purpose of seeking revenge on Aquaman by annihilating his entire family.
As the narrative unfolds, the film continues to emphasize Arthur’s paternal instincts and the profound emotional connection he shares with his son. The threat posed by Manta adds a layer of complexity to the story, as Manta’s vendetta against Aquaman extends to a desire to inflict harm on Arthur’s entire family. This intensifies the stakes for Arthur, reinforcing his resolve to not only protect Atlantis but also to safeguard the well-being of his loved ones on the surface.
In the course of his quest, Dr. Steven Shin (Randall Park) stumbles upon the Kingdom of Necris, a long-lost realm of Atlantis. Manta discovers the Black Necris Scepter, a transformative artifact that turns him into a formidable monster, intensifying his obsession with locating Oracalcum—a fuel with the potential to induce catastrophic climate change, imperiling both Atlanteans and surface dwellers.
To thwart this impending catastrophe, Arthur must seek the assistance of his half-brother, King Orm/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson). However, the reconciliation comes with a challenging caveat—Orm is incarcerated, and Arthur must orchestrate a daring prison break to enlist his half-brother’s aid. This aspect of the storyline introduces a strategic and emotional element to Arthur’s quest, as he navigates the complexities of family bonds, power dynamics, and the greater good.
The film explores the intricate dynamics between Momoa and Wilson, portraying a nuanced camaraderie and emotional conflict that lends authenticity to their relationship. While the script has its weak moments and character development concerns, the action sequences and vibrant visuals contribute to the overall enjoyment of the film, notwithstanding potential CGI-related qualms.
The climactic battle between Aquaman and Manta, each resolute in securing victory at any cost, proves to be a gratifying culmination, delivering on the anticipation built throughout the narrative.
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