Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Citadel’ Witnesses Mixed Reviews, Future Uncertain
The highly anticipated international spy franchise ‘Citadel’ starring Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden has drawn in 25 million viewers for its OTT premiere, making it Amazon Prime’s biggest debut since ‘Rings of Power.’ However, according to the latest report on Forbes, the series has received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. While Priyanka Chopra enjoys a massive fan base, much of the hype surrounding the new episodes has been focused on her rather than the series itself. This raises concerns about the future of the franchise, especially given the hefty $300 million budget.
Mixed reviews for ‘Citadel’
The show’s average critics’ reviews and around 500 audience reviews do little to add to the hype and anticipation around the series, says the report. Even though it may be Prime Video’s most significant new release, the competition for the number one spot is lacking, as the last original show released on the platform was ‘Reacher’ in February 2022. Critics have panned the show for being formulaic and lacklustre, while audiences have praised the performances of the leads.
While series creator/EP David Weil told Cinemablend that the team has begun work on Season 2, he also said the team isn’t officially greenlit for a second season yet. He added that the ‘Citadel’ universe is rich, and the show has a lot of mythology to unpack, suggesting that there could be plenty of materials for many seasons to come. But with the uncertain future of the franchise, it remains to be seen if the show will be renewed for another season, or if the team will pull the plug on the project.
Varun Dhawan and Samantha to feature in Indian installment
The Italian installment of the global franchise will end next week, followed by an Indian installment featuring Varun Dhawan and Samantha. The series is set to woo the audience, but whether it will save the franchise remains to be seen.
Possible reasons for mixed reviews
The reviews of ‘Citadel’ have been mixed, with some praising the show’s action sequences and performances, while others were left disappointed by the show’s lack of originality. It’s possible that the show’s reliance on familiar spy-thriller tropes and stereotypes made it less engaging for some viewers, while others found the chemistry between the two leads to be captivating. Regardless, with the fate of the show hanging in the balance, it remains to be seen if audiences will get to see more of Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden in the future.