Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is yet another example of the drowning superhero genre

by Gordon Shelly

In an era saturated with caped crusaders and spandex-clad saviors, it’s hard not to feel a sense of superhero fatigue, and unfortunately, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” doesn’t do much to alleviate that sentiment. As the umpteenth installment in a seemingly never-ending parade of superhero movies, the film struggles to distinguish itself from the crowded genre.

While it might offer a refreshing dip into the underwater realms of Atlantis, it’s challenging to shake the feeling that we’ve been down this hero’s journey one too many times.

One undeniable highlight of the film is Jason Momoa’s charismatic portrayal of Aquaman. His rugged charm and undeniable screen presence inject life into the character, making him a standout in a sea of caped counterparts. Momoa’s performance, coupled with the visually stunning underwater landscapes and epic battles, provides a welcome respite from the monotony of the genre.

The movie’s visual spectacle is undoubtedly its saving grace, offering audiences a feast for the eyes that momentarily distracts from the fatigue induced by the oversaturation of superhero narratives.

However, the film’s Achilles’ heel lies in its overwhelming dependence on visual effects. While the underwater sequences are visually striking, the abundance of CGI often gives the movie a cartoonish appearance. The reliance on computer-generated imagery sometimes detracts from the authenticity of the world, making it difficult for viewers to fully immerse themselves in the narrative.

Unfortunately, the weak storyline does little to compensate for the over-the-top visual effects, leaving the audience with a sense of hollowness as they navigate through a sea of dazzling but ultimately inconsequential scenes.

As the credits roll, it becomes increasingly evident that “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” falls prey to the common pitfalls of superhero franchises. The storyline feels like an afterthought, a mere vehicle for the impressive visual set pieces and explosive action sequences.

In a landscape where DC and Marvel movies continue to churn out formulaic plots, it’s disheartening to witness the decline of storytelling in favor of catering to the lowest common denominator. What was once a beacon of creativity and imagination now feels like a simple money grab, leaving audiences yearning for the days when superhero films were driven by compelling narratives rather than just flashy visuals.

In the end, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” adds to the growing pile of forgettable superhero fare, contributing to the ongoing debate about the future of a genre teetering on the brink of oversaturation.

Gordo’s Grade: C