Review of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Jason Momoa's sad follow-up has a wave of boring underwater adventures.

In a world where superhero movies are all too common, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is like a fish out of water: it's expected, wet, and desperately trying to find its place.

The $205 million spectacle, directed by James Wan, is meant to be the last show for the DCEU before James Gunn and Peter Safran give it a much-needed makeover. 

As the DCEU gets ready for a new start, this underwater adventure is a good warning that even Atlantis can't stay away from creative fatigue.

In this movie, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry again, the oceanic Adonis who is in a fight against an old power that wants to destroy Atlantis. 

Even though the stakes are high and the budget is even higher, the follow up to the 2018 movie fails to stand out in a sea of average superhero movies. 

Even though Momoa has a lot of charm, this ship is sinking and not even his big biceps can save it. Returning cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta), Nicole Kidman (Atlanna), and Amber Heard (Mera) do their best to save what they can,

but it's like moving deck chairs on the Titanic. Even though Dolph Lundgren is back as King Nereus and Randall Park (Dr. Shin) changes his comedic hat for a more serious one, the movie still feels like a soggy sequel desperately holding to the glory of the first movie.

It's like the plot is moving forward like a half-hearted breaststroke. Black Manta, Arthur's biggest enemy, fights him. He has the powerful Black Trident and a grudge that goes back further than the power he wants. To make things more interesting, Arthur builds a bond with his half-brother Orm, who is played with sincerity by Patrick Wilson. This is a twist as surprising as Aquaman's ability to talk to fish. 

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