Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Movie Review

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Movie Review: So Lost

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"Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" dives back into the depths of the DC Extended Universe for one last time, but unfortunately, it's a turbulent swim that fails to reach the heights set by its predecessor. Hopes were high after we loved 2018's "Aquaman," which brought a refreshing change of pace to the often gloomy DCEU landscape. However, this sequel feels like a missed opportunity, struggling to find its footing amidst a sea of disjointed ideas.

Having failed to defeat Aquaman (Jason Momoa) the first time, Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

One of the film's biggest shortcomings is its failure to capitalize on its thematic potential - a loose subplot involving global warming and climate change feels like a mere ripple in the narrative, never fully explored or integrated into the overarching story. Instead, the focus drifts aimlessly that lost our interest time and time again. The film's attempts at humor also fall flat, particularly in the strained chemistry between Momoa and Wilson. What should have been a dynamic duo feels more like an awkward mismatch, with jokes that elicit more groans than laughs. Even the action sequences, typically a highlight in superhero films, fail to make much of a splash, leaving audiences yearning for more as what little we got was actually entertaining. In the end, "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" feels like a ship adrift, lacking direction and purpose. While there are fleeting moments of entertainment, they're quickly swallowed by the overwhelming tide of mediocrity - a stamp that has marked the DCEU franchise that this film is ending so consistently.

Rating: 1 and a half reels

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