Very Action-packed With A Detailed Plot that Isn't Too Overwhelming
Published: January 5, 2024
By: Sydney S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
After failing to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta wields the power of the mythic Black Trident to unleash an ancient and malevolent force. Hoping to end his reign of terror, Aquaman forges an unlikely alliance with his brother, Orm, the former king of Atlantis. Setting aside their differences, they join forces to protect their kingdom and save the world from irreversible destruction.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Sydney S. comments, “I really like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; it’s very action-packed and the plot is detailed. It isn’t too overwhelming, with just the right amount of storyline and adventure. Plus, the characters are quite enjoyable.” Miguel C. adds, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan, is one of the best films I have seen by DC so far. It really reminds me of some of my favorite Marvel movies – filled with action and excitement. I honestly got a lot of that from watching this film.” See their full reviews below.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
I really like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; it’s very action-packed and the plot is detailed. It isn’t too overwhelming, with just the right amount of storyline and adventure. Plus, the characters are quite enjoyable.
The plot follows Aquaman, who spends his time both on land and in the sea. Black Manta aspires to kill Aquaman, guided by an evil power. It’s up to Aquaman and his brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to defeat the evil, save his son, and keep Atlantis safe.
The main characters are Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Mera (Amber Heard), Orm (Patrick Wilson), Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), and Dr. Stephen Shin (Randall Park). Aquaman is a hilarious character – his lines are delivered smoothly and easily, and made me laugh. The brother relationship between Orm and Aquaman is heartwarming but also amusing. They say they hate each other, but deep down, they care a lot for each other. This film is unlike any superhero movie I’ve seen before. It’s very unique in its storyline and its special effects. This movie is available to be seen in 3D, but sometimes that interferes with the quality of the green screen imagery. Other than that, the special effects are absolutely wonderful. The fighting scenes look realistic and it seems very believable that the underwater scenes are real. It sure made my heart beat fast. The sets in the ocean and the lost kingdom have a spooky, cold feeling. The lost kingdom is underwater, but it’s dark and entirely made up of ice! I also especially like the costumes, especially Aquaman and Black Manta’s suits. They are well-designed and look impressive. The camerawork is breathtaking. Kudos to director, James Wan, for really capturing all these aspects to make an exciting and enjoyable adventure movie. My favorite part of the movie is the transitions. In the beginning, the aquarium in Aquaman’s house changes into an iceberg so smoothly!
The film’s message is about the importance of family. We see this when the two brothers form an alliance and eventually forgive each other. Also, Aquaman and Mera’s top priority is keeping their son safe. You should be aware there are violent scenes and some foul language used.
I give Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Aquaman released in theaters on December 22, 2023.