Black Adam

A mixed bag of an antihero movie with potential.

Dwayne Johnson is, without a doubt, one of the highest paid actors, who attracts fans domestically and internationally. His next film “Black Adam” is DC’s next superhero film that took 16 years to get the project into fruition. Then, when “Shazam” came out and shined in every way possible, “Black Adam” finally became a priority for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

This isn’t a perfect superhero movie in terms of its story and action, which goes all over the place, but it’s also not a bad movie. In fact, it’s off to an okay start, more like in the middle of it. I actually have confidence in its sequel, because of how Marvel films “Deadpool 2” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” were both able to make up for their predecessors and give them something new in the mix.

For now, we have to get into “Black Adam,” and see what qualities and difficulties keep it in a neutral state. It comes pretty close for me to recommending it, not completely, but pretty close. Obviously, movie-goers are going to see it, but maybe the sequel can improve on it.

The story begins with the ancient city of Kahndag, where a powerful ruler King Ant-Knot creates a powerful crown that could give him special powers. A young boy starts a revolt and is given the powers of Shazam, which transforms him into Teth-Adam. He kills the king, but the wizards deem him unworthy and imprison him for 5000 years.

Millenniums later, that same city is oppressed by the criminal organization-the Intergang, and an archeologist named Adriana Tomez (Sarah Shahi) and her team find the crown, but they also wake up Teth-Adam (Johnson), who raises some Hell on those who get in his way. He’s an antihero, who prefers violence over reasoning, and that’s why a superhero team-the Justice Society of America (JSA)-must find and stop him.

The team consists of the leader Hawkeye (Aldis Hodge), who doesn’t tolerate the antihero’s methods, Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), who learned sorcery with a magic helmet and sees the good inside him, Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo)-nephew of the original Atom Smasher (Henry Winkler)-who wears a mask like Deadpool’s and grows like Ant-Man, and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), the wind controller.

The villain is rather dull and derivate. He’s one of Tomez’s members named Isamel Gregor (Marwan Kenzari), who turns out to be the leader of the Intergang, and covets the crown. When he does get the power, he looks like Satin, but his dialogue and voice doesn’t do much to the imagination.

Parts of the movie made me laugh (even if they sounds forced and labored), parts are pretty cool, and other parts didn’t interest me. Again, I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel, but for now, I wanted “Black Adam” to have the kind of strengths and weaknesses that DC has been improving these days. More or less, as far as I know.

Johnson is able to have fun as both the leading man and producer, and some of the supporting actors are entertaining-Hodge, Brosnan, Shahi, Centineo, Winkler, and even Henry Cavil as Superman and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Others tend to wear out their welcome, or they’re just underdeveloped.

I’m not exactly sure how audiences will take my opinion of this movie, but I am man enough to admit it has the potential to improve itself in later movies. I thought “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” were heading DC into a doomed stated, but then I saw “Wonder Woman” and “The Suicide Squad,” and I was proven to be wrong. So, there is a chance that “Black Adam” can make a better movie, or at least be part of a better movie later.

Besides, I’d take Johnson having a attitude as the antihero over him being annoyed by Ryan Reynolds and getting hit by a bull in “Red Notice.”

Rating: 2.5 out of 4.


Categories: Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi

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