“Black Adam,” directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Dwayne Johnson in a lead role, is one of the best DC superhero movies to date. This story about a dark, potentially evil god who reappears in a Middle Eastern country that has been under siege for a long time rejects the majority of the decisions that generic even the best entrants in the genre. It presents its title character—a champion who fought against a tyrant ruler thousands of years ago—during the first third of the film as a terrifying and mysterious force with an insatiable desire for destruction. His return from a desert tomb, going by the ancient name Teth-Adam, is both a miracle and a curse for the people who prayed for safety from the corporate-mercenary thugs who have been abusing them and strip-mining their country for years.
The story of Black Adam/Teth-Adam, who is brought back to life after dying for 5000 years, is told via the actions of archaeologist Adrianna Tomaz, who is looking for the Crown of Sabbac to save the citizens of Kahndaq, a fictional Middle Eastern nation. Laying waste to anyone who stands in his way, Teth-Adam finds himself on the radar of the West, who sends a team of their best, including Doctor Fate/Kent Nelson of the Justice Society of America, Hawkman/Carter Hall of the Justice Society of America, Atom Smasher/Albert “Al” Rothstein of the Justice Society of America, and Cyclone/Maxine Hunkel of the Justice Society of America.
Black Adam and JSA engage in a tense battle that follows, but when a formidable foe that has been hiding in the shadows escapes, there is a reluctant truce. You’ll have to watch to see whether Black Adam accepts or resists being taught the difference between a hero and a villain with the help of Adrianna’s son and superhero nerd Amon Tomaz.
THE GOOD/ THE BAD
Dwayne Johnson is certainly a great addition to the superhero genre because he is able to add just the proper amount of massive strength and sarcastic humour to deliver a morally superior blow. Another standout is the always mysterious Pierce Brosnan, whose Doctor Fate managed to provide just the appropriate amount of interest while never becoming too intrusive in the face of The Rock’s domineering presence. Despite the obvious copying from classics, several action scenes are riveting, and Lorne Balfe’s music passionately contributes from a cultural standpoint. The best part is the post credit scene for every DC fan.
(SPOILER ALERT! HENRY CAVILL IS BACK AS SUPERMAN)
Black Adam’s very predictable plot kills the suspense right away. Given that Black Adam’s story is the main focus of the film, the other superheroes feel crammed in and poorly. The slow-motion action scenes that resemble Snyder rapidly seem old.
The movie “Black Adam” is an outstanding and clever example of this type, colored inside the lines while adding intriguing doodles to the margins. Collet-film Serra’s respects its audience and seeks to earn that audience’s regard in its brash, relentless, overblown manner. The movie “Black Adam” provides the audience all they desired and even more.
BLACK ADAM: what happens when Hollywood’s most risk-averse movie star tries his hand at Hollywood’s most risk-averse genre? Exactly what you’d expect, only worse.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) October 18, 2022
my review of Dwayne Johnson’s extremely dull and generic superhero debut: https://t.co/z6m9uDnnVq pic.twitter.com/EDN7ObaAea
There isn’t a single character in #BLACKADAM that doesn’t feel like a cheap photocopy of one from Gotham or the MCU and not a single beat that doesn’t feel like it hasn’t been audience-tested within an inch of its life. Our review: https://t.co/qgWnyvwtyc pic.twitter.com/Lqmclszgrt— IndieWire (@IndieWire) October 18, 2022