'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom' is a modest conclusion to an even more modest series

International theaters are currently showing the superhero film “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, which is the second part of the “Aquaman” series, and the 15th film of the “DC Extended Universe”, and is also the final work of the series. Studios Announces “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”. Warner has completed and relaunched a new series that is currently in the works.

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” was directed by Australian James Wan and starred Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman and has so far grossed over $400 million against a budget of only $200 million. Has done.

Like most superhero films, the film showed a huge contradiction on the critical review website Rotten Tomatoes, where critics only gave it a rating of 34%, while audiences gave it a rating of 81%.

Big issues within a weak film

The events of the film “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” begin a few years after the end of the first part, where Prince Arthur/Aquaman has taken the throne of the Kingdom of the Seas, married his girlfriend Mera, and fathered a child. Son. Her life is divided between the care of the child on the surface world or earth, as we know it, and the care of her marine department.

Aquaman's life goes on at a normal pace, but he does not know about the revenge that Black Minta is secretly preparing for him, after Aquaman killed his father in the first part. Manta was able to find a secret weapon for a lost undersea empire, and begins a plan that will… destroy not only his enemy, Aquaman, but the entire Earth.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (IMDP)
Yahya Abdul-Mateen in the film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (IMDP)

Over a period of 6 months, “Black Minta” extracted an ancient type of fossil fuel that was banned by the Sea Kingdom due to its bad effects on the environment, whether underwater or on land. Soon, climate change began to intensify, the seasons of the year overlapped, and pollution levels increased to levels never reached before.

Aquaman uncovers Black Manta's plan, but cannot find him on the high seas, so he enlists the help of his brother, former King Orm, who is imprisoned after attempting a coup and seizing royal power.

The plot of the film “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” deals with two main issues. The first is climate change, which is the greatest threat to human life on Earth at the present time, and requires a major package of changes in industrial and environmental behavior. Changes that capitalist systems reject; Because it is in his interest for the situation to continue, regardless of its consequences for future generations.

On the other hand, we find that “brotherly relationship” is the second basis on which the film relied, by monitoring the contradiction between “Aquaman” and “Orm”, the first with his generous nature, intelligence and superhuman strength, and the second With his devilish wit and lack of humor, overseeing the complex relationship. As a result of the previous war between them, but in the end they overcome these obstacles and engage in the struggle to save the world.

The film “Aquaman” attempts to address key issues within the framework of a traditional adventure. Regardless of the wars and tragedies occurring in Gaza or Ukraine, climate change attracts widespread attention every day. However, the film presents the issue directly, and focuses it primarily on simplistic conflict. between good and evil, while ignoring the most important elements such as the impact of large economic entities, technological developments and the consequences of the use of artificial intelligence on the environment.

humble conclusion

Great similarities have been seen between the hero and his brother in the movie “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, “Rome” and the “Thor” movies of the Marvel series. In both of these, the hero is a person who has abilities that exceed those of normal humans, and is considered an example of strength, intelligence, beauty, and justice, and receives…from the love of his parents Enjoys all the privileges up to the ideal girlfriend, while on the sidelines comes the figure of the young brother, more intelligent but easily inclined towards evil.

This is not the first time that a DC series has copied Marvel films, but it is believed to be the last time when this strategy proved unsuccessful during the 15 films that the creators were unable to achieve the ambitions of the studio or. the audience.

This diligent effort by DC may make it seem like the Marvel movies are really special, but that's not true, they're just relatively better, which has become clear as a result of the recent decline in popularity of superhero movies. Audiences are becoming saturated and these films are resorting to repetitive plots and use of special effects. The visuals in a way make the film closer to a video game experience than a movie.

Jason Momoa in a scene from the final film of the Aquaman series (IMDP)
Jason Momoa and Bart Wilson in a scene from the final film of the Aquaman series (IMDP)

All these flaws were visible in the film “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, which was filmed almost entirely in front of a green screen. The filmmakers then used CGI techniques to fill in these gaps, so the film's picture appeared somewhat artificial in its ugliness, and reminiscent of what the director said. American Martin Scorsese described this type of film as an amusement park experience, not true cinema. When elements such as interactions between actors or their actual communication with filming locations are absent from filmmaking, we find that we are faced with a visual experience devoid of any aesthetics.

The film's landscape is dominated by extreme directness, such as Aquaman's direct conversation with the audience at the beginning of the work, in which he explains what he did in the period between the events of the two films. This is a very weak technique, and this directness continued throughout the events, such as the controlling evil's long monologue in… “Black Manta”, while one of the characters is avenging the murder of his father or mother. As a result there is a conflict between good and evil. A cinematic trick that has been used in many other films before.

The film “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” represents the best conclusion to this series, as it reminds everyone – including the producing studio – of all the reasons why the upcoming series will not repeat its mistakes. The failure of the DC Extended Universe to avoid this happened. , the first of which, “Superman: Legacy.” :Legacy) is expected to be shown in 2025.

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