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  1. Aquaman 2 Brief Rreview:
  2. ‘Brainless Finale’
  3. A Terrible Sequel Pollutes The Oceans
  4. Conclusion:

Aquaman 2 Review: ‘Brainless Finale’ And ‘Terrible Sequel Pollutes The Oceans’?

Aquaman 2's review: The DCEU's finale appears unable to buck DC's downward trend, with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on track to open lower than the MCU's biggest bomb.

Aquaman 2 is expected to debut with a less robust opening weekend compared to one of Marvel Studios' less successful films. Serving as the concluding chapter in the DCEU, this sequel follows the triumph of 2018's Aquaman, which surpassed expectations to become DC's top-grossing film, earning over $1.1 billion worldwide. Regrettably, the latest update on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom paints a less promising picture for its upcoming box office performance.

Critics are using strong words like 'Brainless Finale' and 'Terrible Jason Momoa Sequel Pollutes the Oceans.' Yes, there have been issues with Amber Heard and the movie before it came out, but strangely, these problems are kind of promoting the film. So, half of the title seems accurate. Now, let's see if the critics' comments are right or if they missed the mark at some points!


#1. Aquaman 2 Brief Rreview:

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom faces a slow start (struggles to capture attention in its first 30 to 45 minutes), lacking the vibrant energy that made the first Aquaman film enjoyable. Jason Momoa, typically lively in his role, seems disengaged in the initial act, creating a subdued tone.
However, the movie finds its footing when exploring the dynamic between Orm and Arthur, beautifully portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Momoa. Their brotherly connection not only provides moments of humor but also becomes the emotional core, aligning seamlessly with James Wan's original vision.

#2. ‘Brainless Finale’

‘Brainless Finale’ Source: WARNER BROS.
The Independent's review of "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" is pretty harsh, calling it a "brainless finale" for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). They seem really let down, saying the movie has become a brainless franchise without much substance or originality. They blame the film's problems on the restrictions from the big bosses, saying the director, James Wan, had to change his original plans for a horror spin-off called "The Trench."
They don't like how the bad guy, Black Manta, is portrayed as just angry without much depth. The review also criticizes the movie for awkwardly trying to talk about climate change and how it shows Aquaman as a grumpy family man. The review ends on a sad note, saying "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" marks the end of the DCEU and feels like a big letdown, with more failures than successes in the superhero movie genre.

#3. A Terrible Sequel Pollutes The Oceans

A Terrible Sequel Pollutes The Oceans Source: WARNER BROS.
The review from The Guardian is also pretty brutal. The writer is seriously let down by the movie, calling it a "terrible Jason Momoa sequel" that's polluting the DC ocean. They're not holding back on the criticism, mentioning tired tropes, a forgettable plot, and a cast that feels like they're just going through the motions. 
There’s a disappointment in the direction of superhero movies, wondering if we're witnessing the end of an era. Specific details like Jason Momoa's performance, the attempt at comedy, and the portrayal of characters are highlighted to drive home the overall negative sentiment. The review paints a grim picture, suggesting that the Aquaman franchise is sinking rather than swimming.

#4. Conclusion:

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Source: WARNER BROS.
Despite visual flaws, notably in rendering antagonist hordes, the movie manages to maintain the fun and silly essence of its predecessor. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom refuses to bid farewell to the DCEU, instead dismissing it with an air of disinterest, offering a fittingly on-brand and objectively amusing conclusion to this chapter in DC cinematic history.
While the movie boasts enjoyable elements, such as its captivating deep-sea spectacle and intricate family dynamics, it grapples with inconsistent visuals and a disjointed first act that feels out of sync with the rest of the story.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom brings a clear message: the DC universe shines brightest when it embraces the silliness and quirkiness of its characters, fully immersing itself in the wild and fantastical worlds they inhabit. The moments featuring Arthur and Orm highlight the strength of these stories when they focus on the humanity of the characters rather than portraying them as invincible gods.
The film underscores a crucial aspect often missed by the DCU—connecting with the audience through relatable characters, as demonstrated by the enduring popularity of Clark Kent over Superman.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom review Source: WARNER BROS.
On the flip side, the film's messy and chaotic fight scenes serve as a stark reminder of the DCU's historical struggle to create compelling action sequences. Simply throwing action figures at each other doesn't make for captivating cinema, even if Jason Momoa seems to be enjoying himself in the process. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom presents both the best and worst of the DCEU, offering a glimpse of the potential for improvement with a more focused approach.
In essence, the film isn't the lackluster conclusion some feared for the DCEU, but it also underscores that, after a decade, the lessons necessary for the universe's growth weren't fully absorbed. It signals the end of the DCEU era but suggests hope for a revitalized DCU if the right lessons are learned. The DCEU may be gone, but the DCU has the chance for a vibrant new beginning.
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