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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman gets lost in Lost Kingdom, a sequel that really doesn't succeed in anything except being boring and creating maximum irritation...

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Half-Atlantean and hairy beer hound Arthur Curry doesn't have it easy as the rightful king of Atlantis. Not only is half of Atlantis still ready to wipe out his world and the vengeful Black Manta is at it again, he's also a father for the first time and nappies don't change themselves! Especially now that Amber Heard is properly cut down in a postponed sequel that passed its sell-by date since James Gunn took over the DC helm. In other words, Christmas is not exactly saved, unless you're just looking for noise during the holiday season.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is like an unholy mix of Thor 2, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and Hellboy: The Golden Army. There's not a single original idea in this stale script, other than some creative design choices on some underwater vehicles. Everything has already been done, but this time there is no common thread as the whole film feels disjointed with reshoots and questionable scene transitions.

Amber Heard's role has, for obvious reasons, been trimmed down considerably which contributes to several disjointed sequences and action scenes. You get the same jerky feeling in the film's first act, which never seems to decide how to begin. It starts maybe five times in a desperate attempt to find a common thread, but the film doesn't get going until very late in the action. Unfortunately, Patrick Wilson, perhaps the film's only bright spot, can't save this Atlantis mush either.

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A lot happens, but at the same time nothing happens plot-wise. Aquaman in turn feels like a cheap copy of the idiot Thor from Marvel's later phases. Neither Jason Momoa nor director James Wan seem to know how to handle this hobo sea king and it's a shame that Wan's talents are wasted on this tired genre. Speaking of tired, Aquaman 2 is also available in 3D screenings in an attempt to mimic Avatar's underwater success, but the 3D experience takes the edge off, as the CGI effects are so patchy and messy that it's even harder to see what's happening on screen with 3D glasses on.

It's a strange position that Lost Kingsom is in and it shows in almost every aspect. The humour doesn't work in the slightest, there's barely a plot to speak of, and the characters are as flat as their hopeless dialogue. I don't mind cheesy comic book movies as long as you keep that delicate balance between serious comic book stuff and colourful superhero stuff, but here it's just childish. Embarrassing. Tiring. Awful.

Lost Kingdom is nothing more than a last desperate breath of the old deposed DCEU era that no one will miss. Nor will anyone remember The Lost Kingdom; it follows in the footsteps of the likes of Shazam 2 and The Marvels, straight into the superhero grave.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

MOVIE REVIEW. Written by André Lamartine

Aquaman gets lost in Lost Kingdom, a sequel that really doesn't succeed in anything except being boring and creating maximum irritation...



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