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Review: Aquaman 2

Official Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movie photo, property of Warner Brothers
Official Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movie photo, property of Warner Brothers

Aquaman 2 has been in production for 5 years, but it was officially released on December 22, 2023. Aquaman 2 has racked up over $398 million in the box office so far. It took 5 years to produce Aquaman 2 because of COVID and because Wan, the director, was working on 3 movies at the same time as Aquaman

 The cast of Aquaman 2 was the same as for the first Aquaman, but there were a few new characters. For example, one new character is Black Manta’s sidekick, Dr. Stephen Shin, a marine biologist curious about Atlantis. With the help of Dr. Shin, Black Manta managed to go to Atlantis, but he had to face Aquaman who is the king of Atlantis. One more important new character that contributed to Aquaman 2, is Pilou Asbæk who plays as Kordax. 

The film cost $205 million, but over half of that amount, $106 million to be exact, was spent on special effects. Despite this, Alexander Valentino, who is a critic for movies, stated that Aquaman 2 was unimpressive. Alexander also stated that ¨The film’s editing is choppy, with reviewers noting transitions and action sequences that don’t live up to the first film.¨ Aquaman 2 has a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning 36% of people hated the film, and that puts this film a little above Suicide Squad. That rating makes this movie the 3rd worst ranked film in The DC Extended Universe.     

Overall Aquaman 2 did really well in the box office and I personally give it a 7.5/10 because I really liked the special effects on this film. I also like the picture quality. The film allows the audience to feel like they are inside the movie.

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