The DCEU has been on a bit of a hot streak as of late. After the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman”, all eyes are on DC to see if they can keep the momentum going with their next release, “Black Adam”.
I was fortunate enough to catch an early screening of “Black Adam”, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. While the movie is far from perfect, it is a solid addition to the DCEU that is sure to please fans of both DC and superhero movies in general.
The film centers around the titular character, Black Adam (played by Dwayne Johnson), who is an antihero turned supervillain. After being exiled from his homeland, Black Adam returns to seek revenge on those who have wronged him. Along the way, he assembles a team of other superpowered individuals to help him in his quest.
Acting & Direction
The acting in “Black Adam” is unfortunately not much better than the plot. Dwayne Johnson sleepwalks through his performance as the titular character, giving little emotion or charisma. The rest of the cast fares no better; they all feel like they’re going through the motions rather than delivering believable performances. Additionally, the film is directed without any flair or style; it’s competently made but forgettable nonetheless.
One of the few bright spots in “Black Adam” are its action sequences. The film’s CGI budget clearly went towards making them look as good as possible, and they do not disappoint. The sequences are well choreographed and entertaining to watch. However, there are only a handful of them spread throughout the film’s two-hour runtime, which isn’t enough to make up for its shortcomings elsewhere.
Speaking of Black Adam himself, he is brought to life perfectly by Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has always been a charismatic presence on screen, but he really brings it here as Black Adam. He commands every scene he’s in and sells the character’s nuance effortlessly. It’s clear that Johnson had a blast making this movie, and that really comes through in his performance.
The rest of the cast is equally strong, with special mention going to Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. Hodge brings a much-needed level of levity to the film, and his chemistry with Johnson is undeniable. The two have great banter together, and their scenes are some of the best in the movie.
On the technical front, “Black Adam” is a mixed bag. The visual effects are top-notch, but there are some severe issues with the editing. There are several instances where scenes feel like they’re missing chunks of dialogue or action, which disrupts the flow of the film. This is likely due to studio interference (the film’s runtime was reportedly shortened at the last minute), but it’s still jarring nonetheless.
Overall, “Black Adam” is a fun addition to the DCEU that should please fans of both DC comics and superhero movies in general. It’s not without its flaws, but Dwayne Johnson’s charisma and Aldis Hodge’s levity elevate it above its shortcomings. Here’s hoping that DC can keep this momentum going with their next release!
If you’re a fan of DC Comics or superhero movies in general, then you’ll likely enjoy “Black Adam”. It’s far from perfect, but Dwayne Johnson’s charisma and Aldis Hodge’s levity elevate it above its shortcomings. Here’s hoping that DC can keep this momentum going with their next release!