4 must-watch films like ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’

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The latest superhero flick of 2023 has finally arrived with “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” following the staggering success of the initial Aquaman film, which raked in a hefty $1.15 billion. This time around, director James Wan steers away from recreating the romantic adventure feel of the previous movie between Arthur Curry/Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) and Mera (portrayed by Amber Heard). Instead, the sequel delves into a tale of brotherhood between Arthur and his estranged half-brother, Orm (embodied by Patrick Wilson).

Navigating family dynamics underwater isn’t a walk in the park, especially considering Orm’s previous attempt to eliminate Arthur and wreak havoc on the surface world where most of us dwell. Yet, when faced with a common adversary in Black Manta (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), the siblings put aside their differences. But whether this partnership leads to a complete reconciliation between the brothers remains a mystery, prompting viewers to catch the film for the full tale.

Here are three movies akin to “Aquaman 2,” featuring captivating bromances at their core:

 

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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This movie follows the legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford), showcasing their unwavering camaraderie amidst a crumbling gang. Joined by Sundance’s girlfriend, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), the trio relocates to Bolivia to continue their adventurous exploits. Ultimately, the bond between Butch and Sundance leads them to an electrifying end together.

Watch “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” on Max.

 

Lethal Weapon 2 (1986)

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Detectives Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) start with a strained relationship in the first movie but evolve into a solid bromance. Facing a corrupt South African diplomat, their camaraderie strengthens as they risk their lives and badges to bring down the adversaries.

Rent or buy “Lethal Weapon 2” on various platforms like Google Play, Prime Video, YouTube, and Apple TV+.

 

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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This Marvel film features a blend of action, humor, and fantastical elements, similar to the superhero world of Aquaman. It explores the mythological realms and introduces vibrant characters.

 

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Although more of an Avengers-centric narrative, this film revolves around Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his unwavering loyalty to his lifelong friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). As Bucky faces allegations, Steve stands by him, leading to a complex rift between Steve and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

Watch “Captain America: Civil War” on Disney+.

 

These films, much like “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” showcase compelling bonds between lead characters, emphasizing the strength of brotherly connections amidst challenging circumstances.