Review: Black Adam
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5,000 years ago, Teth Adam (Dwayne Johnson) was given the power of the Gods, then immediately sealed away. Now he is awakened and doesn't recognize the city that once was his home. His way of "justice" directly opposes that of the Justice Society, which is sent to deal with him.
A few years ago, I was pretty excited about the prospect of Black Adam. I thought The Rock (once a wrestling fan, always a wrestling fan. It's still weird calling him "Dwayne" was going to be great and I usually love my morally grey super heroes. Aside from some cool characters, Black Adam is a step back in the DCEU.
This film feels like Snyder's DCEU, not the DCEU that has been slowly trying to recover itself from his direction. Back is the over use of slow motion and scenes that would better fit in a music video. The majority of the dialogue is exposition, giving no one a chance to show off their acting chops. The majority of the performances are painfully stilted.
Funny enough, Hawkman, played by Aldis Hodge is a character that has never interested me, and here he was my favorite. Hodge gets to use some range here. Pierce Brosnan is also very good as Dr. Fate, but he doesn't get to do a ton.
The after credit scene will definitely excite some. I'm not going to give up on Black Adam, but I really hope whoever brings him to the screen next does the exact opposite of what this film does.