Black Adam Review – Here Comes the Man in Black

Black Adam

Although Black Adam has a lot of flaws, it’s still very entertaining and better than people expect it to be. For as many characters as there are in this film, Black Adam never gets confusing or feels overly crowded, partly because you’re more invested in the metahumans than the regular humans.

Most of the fun comes from the new DC heroes introduced in this film. The relationship between the Justice Society of America (JSA) members is heartwarming and entertaining. They’re a wildly eclectic bunch, each complementing the next. Even for a regular, non-DC fan, a lack of prior familiarity never feels like a limitation to their appeal. 

Besides, there’s just something special about finally seeing Hawkman on screen. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the character, he still looks cool, and Aldis Hodge plays him equally as cool. Not to mention, his banter and rivalry with Black Adam are exceptional. Despite being in the movie with Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan is the standout as Doctor Fate. Not only are his powers stunning to see on-screen, but he provides the film with a lot of emotion. Noah Centineo and Quintessa Swindell don’t add as much impact as the others, but they still do enjoyable things in support of the other characters.

While it’s a bit disappointing to see the JSA segregated between the young and the old, the chemistry between these groups is where most of the movie’s heart lies. Cyclone and Atom Smasher have a loving (not in a romantic way) respect for each other, and Hawkman and Doctor Fate have that vibe of being old friends who have been through so much. 

Black Adam has a lot of flaws, it’s still very entertaining and better than people expect it to be.

Now, we know Dwayne Johnson is one of the most charismatic actors of our generation. He’s extremely likable as a person and as an actor. However, all that is gone in his performance as Black Adam. Sure, it’s understandable why he’s not charismatic in this role. However, as he’s delivering cheesy and bad dialogue, it just comes off as cringy.

Not to mention, it’s not just the dialogue that’s cheesy—it’s the villain and human characters too. Like the villains in other DCEU films, Sabbac is as lifeless and dull as Steffenwolf in Justice League or Ares in Wonder Woman. Sadly, this also applies to the human characters in the film. The film attempts to make us feel for the humans in the movie as Shazam! so eloquently did, but everything feels forced. It’s a situation where we should care about them because they’re like us and are thrust into these fantastical situations. Unfortunately, we care more about the metahumans than we do them. 

Overall, Black Adam is a forgettable movie with terrible dialogue. Nevertheless, it’s still a fun and entertaining DCEU movie that provides surprisingly delightful performances and lots of heart.

Rating: 3/5 atoms

Black Adam hits theaters on October 21st.

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