By Jennifer Nanek
News Film Critic 

Aquaman 2 and the Lost Kingdom: A Surprisingly Enjoyable Dip in Troubled Waters

 

Last updated 1/20/2024 at 10:06am

Jason Momoa starts as Aquaman in this final installation of the tale based upon DC Comics adventures.

I was a bit delayed watching Aquaman 2 as I was gone over the holidays. I finally got to see it recently.

I went into Aquaman 2 expecting a shipwreck, weighed down by the negativity swirling around it. But surprisingly, I found myself bobbing to the surface, entertained and enjoying it. Don't get me wrong, it's not a cinematic masterpiece, but it delivered a fun, albeit uneven, underwater adventure.

So this is the last Snyder verse movie. Everybody knew going into this movie that there is not going to be another. So one might get the impression that this is just kind of thrown together.

The plot was a bit muddled, the CGI was terrible in places, some jokes were stupid and some of the performances were poor. But, to my delightful surprise, the film managed to tread water (pun intended) and deliver a fun movie.

Where the film truly shines is in its pure, unadulterated entertainment value. The action sequences, while not on par with the groundbreaking spectacle of the first film, are still thrilling and visually engaging. Jason Momoa remains a charismatic force as Arthur Curry, injecting humor and genuine pathos into the role. He is fun to watch on the screen. Thankfully, some of the supporting players, like Patrick Wilson's deliciously villainous Black Manta, bring their A-game, elevating their scenes with undeniable screen presence.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom won't win any Oscars, but it's a perfectly enjoyable popcorn flick. If you're looking for some mindless underwater fun with some decent laughs, then give it a shot. Just don't expect to be swept away by a tidal wave of cinematic brilliance.

This movie had a bad opening weekend but it has been getting better returns as the weeks have gone on.

I give this movie three out of five stars.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently screening at the Regal 12 Cinemas at Eagle Ridge Mall.

 

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