“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”: the aquatic superhero drowned in action scenes

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”: the aquatic superhero drowned in action scenes

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The world could do with an Aquaman to eradicate global warming and reconcile opposing interests around fossil fuels. One of the funniest sequences in the Warner studio film, James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom , sees the master of the aquatic kingdom (Jason Momoa) insisting that the Council go negotiate with the Surfacians – the inhabitants of Earth – so that they stop polluting the planet. For the rest, nothing new on the seabed.

And the whole planet, from Venice to India, to witness live the vibrant ecological speech of the big bearded man that is Aquaman, who looks as much like a metal singer as Poseidon. To do this, he will have had to defeat his sworn enemy, David Kane aka Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen), who is spreading reserves of an ultra-polluting product, which he went to steal with his team in the famous lost kingdom which gives its title to the film.

Black Manta also wants to avenge the death of his father, killed by Aquaman in the previous opus of the same name (2018) and by the same director. Black Manta’s destructive project is therefore coupled with an intimate wound, and here he is ready to do anything, armed with his trident connected to the “forces of evil”, to destroy Aquaman’s happiness.

Confusing narration

Because the thirty-year-old hero has become the father of a little boy, and he loves to babysit, perhaps even more than his partner (Amber Heard), the red-headed and fiery heroine whose role here is not very fleshed out. Still, it is as a family that this little world will fight against the evil design of Black Manta: Aquaman will reconnect with his brother Orm, former king of Atlantis (Patrick Wilson) from whom he estranged, for greatest happiness of her mother, played by Nicole Kidman, all in tiara and long snowy hair.

This story could have given rise to good entertainment, but the confusing narration, the infernal pace of the scenes, never leaves time to immerse yourself in the universe with its phosphorescent colors. Too many fights kill the action film, which ends up repeating itself, with unbearable background noise.

Aquaman, however, seems more open to discussion in this second part – talking with his father, recounting his frustrations as a powerless king – up to a certain point. A manly handshake with his brother is worth all the words: once muscles, always muscles.

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