Black Adam (2022) Film Review

Rating 12a
Length 2h05
Release 21.10.2022
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
About In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed, and Black Adam has gone from man to myth to legend. Now free, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern-day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.
Moon: Full moon in mid-credit sequence
Where to Watch: Limited screenings in cinemas nationwide

The Good

  • I really quite enjoyed Pierce Brosnan hamming it up as Dr Fate. He was one of very few saving graces of the film.
  • Bodhi Sabongui was phenomenal as Amon Topaz. He gave the character his all, he won me over from the start; to the point where I thought this film was going to be a rehash of Shazam and he was going to be our Black Adam.
    I truly look forward to seeing where this kid pops up next, because he is most definitely one to watch.
  • There’s a fight sequence “in the rain” and that is incredibly well filmed.

The Bad

  • The plot is clunky and it’s even debateable whether it’s not a Justice Society film and not Black Adam.
  • My boy Dwayne Johnson. I get that there’s meant to be this reserved persona about Black Adam, but why’d you make him a Vulcan?! It’s just wrong.

The Ugly

  • I spend most of the time at odds with the title character. That shouldn’t happen and that was plotting choices. In an attempt to make Black Adam a mystery, the audience is alienated and made to feel like he’s the bad guy.
  • I’m also not meant to dislike the Justice Society. Like, seriously?! I’m hating the bad guys, I’m hating the good guys and the main guy…. this movie is not leaving me with much to like.
  • It’s CGI is shit! Beyond shit. It certainly isn’t going to age well.

Final Thoughts

Stop trying to make DCMU happen!


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