Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom debuts with low Rotten Tomatoes score after first reviews

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has received a less-than-favorable Rotten Tomatoes score as the initial reviews for the film have been released.

The sequel to the 2018 blockbuster, starring Jason Momoa as the titular character, is a crucial installment in the DC Extended Universe, potentially impacting how the franchise is remembered by fans.

Directed by James Wan, the film features Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa, facing off against the villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) once again. This time, he teams up with his brother and the former king of Atlantis, Orm (Patrick Wilson), to protect their kingdom and save the world.

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The sequel has received a lukewarm response from critics, garnering an initial score of 39% on Rotten Tomatoes from 60 reviews as of now.

While the cast and visual spectacle of the film are acknowledged, reviewers have characterized Aquaman 2 as a letdown and an unsatisfying conclusion to the franchise.

Here’s a glimpse of what some reviews are saying as the film hits theaters:

Digital Spy
“If you’re solely seeking Aquaman 2 for its action sequences, you might overlook the plot’s shortcomings. Whether it has been edited down or not, the outcome is a film that moves swiftly from one set piece to another, as if in a hurry to conclude it all.

“It’s a squandering of everyone’s talent, even though the cast certainly attempts to inject life into it.”

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Screen Rant
“Despite its weak narrative and ludicrous moments, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom manages to be an enjoyable superhero movie. Its brisk pace prevents boredom from setting in, but its forgettable nature positions it as a disposable film.

“Though ostensibly serving as the conclusion to the DCEU, it lacks the grandeur of a proper finale, feeling more like the last episode of a series abruptly canceled midway through the season.”

Variety
“Does the 3D enhance the action? Not particularly, but the real issue is: Nothing could enhance it. The movie, with all its combat scenes, is impressively staged on a grand scale by the returning director, James Wan, yet simultaneously carries a somewhat dreary sense of conventionality.”

The Independent
“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom joins the ranks of mindless franchise films. It serves as another stark reminder that cinema is ensnared in a corporate stranglehold, depriving artists of the freedom to flail about with any semblance of style.

“Now, it’s possible to witness Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman riding a CGI robot-shark and feel… absolutely nothing.”

Slash Film
“This film is undeniably crafted by the same director behind Furious 7, with its whimsical humor and plenty of outlandish moments. However, these elements work due to the film’s earnestness, with director James Wan grounding it in a central theme—family.

“As the plot unfolds, taking us on a road trip through fantastical locations, the movie transforms into an enjoyable journey. While not reaching the heights of the original, it still stands as one of the better superhero films of the year.”

The film also welcomes back cast members Nicole Kidman (Atlanna), Amber Heard (Mera), and Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus).

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