Black Adam Review: A Good Movie That Could’ve Been Perfect

Black Adam Plot

Sealed away by the wizards for 5000 years, Black Adam is released to liberate the people of Kahndaq, becoming the legend he was meant to be and stopping an ancient demon from bringing hell on earth.

Black Adam Characters

Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) backstory as a peasant who becomes vengeful anti-hero whose power nearly destroyed the whole country and was imprisoned by the Wizards made sense. He was a loose canon who needed to chill out. Throughout the film he is still learning to be better and not kill foes on sight. The tough guy lines he had in this movie were not only funny but led to the best fight scenes. The dramatic reveal of how he got his powers, whether he was chosen or not, was interesting and I was quite shocked with the direction they went in.

Teth Adam defeated the Antichrist demon Sabbac and destroyed his throne proving that the cinematic version and the comic counterpart are different characters. He updated his name to Black Adam to symbolize his change.

Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) is responsible for releasing Black Adam, aside from that accomplishment and deciphering the Crown of Sabbac, she is pretty useless. She was in the film for longer than she needed to be, and they tried to make her likeable by making her a preachy freedom fighter. But she was unlikable, and her motherly duties are questionable. Throughout the movie, she let her son do numerous things that could have gotten him hurt or worse. The fact that her son is still alive is pure Hollywood scriptwriting.

Amon Tomaz (Bodhi Sabongui) is the teenager who wants to change his country. He’s tired of being oppressed by Intergang and wants a hero to save them. It’s almost like he represents the audience being thrust into the world and proves how much he doesn’t need to be there. His and his mother’s constant need to be saved was stressful to watch, let alone imagining how the heroes felt. He reminds me of Shazam’s handicapped adopted brother asking him about all his abilities and what catchphrases to say to bad guys. Black Adam’s patience is a power in its own.

Hawkman ( Aldis Hodge) is a rich superhero who has a jet that comes out of a mansion (like the X-Men). His suit has wings that come out of it, much like Falcon. The having organic wings could’ve been interesting, but this direction got the job done. Receiving intel from Amanda Waller shows he’s an established hero offscreen, but we haven’t seen the character prior to this movie. The audience hasn’t had the film buildup privileges like how Disney did the MCU films. Hawkman has a favorite character vibe.

Just look at him, he has style. He went blow for blow with Black Adam and wasn’t afraid to die. It was times like that that made me question whether he was a normal human or a metahuman. He was written as a hero and I definitely want to see more of him in future DC-related movies.

Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) is a genius and has the ability to control wind due to a nanite experiment. This is another character that hasn’t appeared until now and would like to see more of her. Besides just being eye candy.

Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) looks like the DC version of the Ant-Man, his ability to expand in size came in handy but he mostly got beat up and played a supporting role. His face mask resembles Deadpool for some reason and does the CGI mouth moving thing too. It would have been nice if the movie had explained how he got his abilities rather than relying on YouTube origin content creator videos. I just wanted to know if the uncle experimented on him or he inherited the family gene, his uncle could be his father I simply don’t know.

Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan)is a human host with the powers of an ancient, otherworldly helmet that bestows mystical abilities. His power of being able to see the future and read energy off of objects was used a lot for storytelling in this movie. Some of it could’ve been done away with in my opinion, based off the dialogue of Fate’s host he has been around for 100 years or so the fact that this is Doctor Fate’s first screen appearance is a shame.

Villians

Intergang is a military-like group that deals in small arms weaponry and could possibly be funded by the government to oppress its people. This is just a movie, but it sounds familiar.

Sabbac “Ishmael” (Marwan Kenzari) is the descendant of an ancient king that Teth Adam stopped 5000 years ago. Ishmael became the demon champion Sabbac was short-lived, as he should have appeared earlier and been established as a threat. Introducing a villain 10 minutes before the movie ends and resolving the crisis like that doesn’t really have high stakes in my opinion. I enjoyed the villain, but it would have been nice to see more of him.

Roast

The Justice Society came to another country and told the citizens to let the law handle criminals. The scene mirrors how the USA is in other countries trying to bring “freedom” when we have nut jobs running in the streets of our own country.

Adrianna and Amon needed less screen time in this movie. The woman really wanted to trade the crown for her son’s life, knowing it would bring death and destruction on the whole world. Even when Adrianna’s brother Karim tried to give hints that Ishmael was evil, Amon didn’t pick up on it.

Black Adam Thoughts

The Rock’s performance was okay, but the film was stuck in production limbo for a while. I’m glad it’s finally released. This is a good movie, but it could have been great. The movie lacked explanations for some things. For example, Teth Adam learned the English language simply by holding an Eternium weapon. It made sense, but didn’t at the same time. Black Adam not being a villain and letting the JSA convince him to give up his power to become the thin version of himself was dumb. The scene reminded me of pre-super soldier Steve Rogers, but with slightly better effects. The thin version was fighting underwater and gets props for that.

Some reviewers were trashing the movie, saying it had mindless fight scenes. I would only agree with them slightly because Hawkman and Adam fought two times other than that I enjoyed the fights.

I wonder how many films like this we will get since we are in a “superhero fatigue” and this is another movie that doesn’t support “the agenda”. I would like more movies like this before World War 3.

The soundtrack is good and the Henry Cavill Superman end credit is exciting for the sequel.

Movie Rating 7 out of 10

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