‘Black Adam’ review – a small shift in the DCEU hierarchy

It’s amazing how time passes: After years of development, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s dream of turning one of DC’s most iconic villains into a Superman-esque movie can finally be enjoyed – and scrutinized too – based on its merits rather than its promises.

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This is in terms of bankable box office and importance to the central console. There is a lot of riding black Adamand in particular the viability of the shared universe caused by the fires of the Zack Snyder Formation.

This film offers a distilled version of those ambitions, stripped of Snyder’s gray-wet palate—an automatic distinction from the director’s trilogy despite Johnson being careful to hold on to some of its remains.

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Among these is not “what”, but “who”, as Johnson did after he labored like Hercules for his return, Henry Cavill, moreover Superman, pecks at black Adam As the biggest piece in the movie’s puzzle, yes, it’s in the post-credits scene that sparks more excitement between the two godly forces, and on top of that, it’s the main reason everyone is talking about the movie.

Admittedly, the film’s success and the conversation surrounding it shouldn’t hinge on excitement about this future showdown, but unfairly or otherwise, that’s what audiences and executives are focused on.

And this focus, in turn, raises the question of whether or not to prevail black AdamThe previous two hours can stand on their own.

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The plot that it consists of Black Adam Runtime tried and true. Teth Adam (Johnson) is awakened from his 5,000-year sleep by freedom fighter Adriana Tomaz (Sarah Shahi), and is back – dressed in black, no less – to serve once more as Kandak’s protector.

Upon his resurrection, a former wizard hero discovers that his proud and free nation is occupied by Intergang, who imposes martial law on the country as it strips it of its rare minerals.

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Furious, Adam set out to wage a crusade to free his people, seeking to do so by any means necessary.

However, his mission is derailed by the sudden appearance of the Justice Society, which sends Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) led by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) to neutralize what it considers the real threat to the region’s stability. Adam himself.

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However, the efforts of the South Sudanese army are stifled by the rising popularity of Teth Adam among his oppressed people, who are more than willing to bypass his methods if it means peace for Hindaq.

Despite this initial conflict, both the team’s and Adam’s presence in the area proves useful in combating the real threat not only to Kandak, but the world: the demonic Sabbac (Marwan Kanzari), who rises from the underworld to regain his place in the country. ancient throne.

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Let’s review: which villain is Yang Yin the protagonist? examines.

A superhero team at odds with a demigod? examines.

A shadowy group of “forces to be” pull the strings behind the scenes toward a less-than-impressive target? examines.

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Much like red notice A year ago, all the clichés of popular action movies counted in black AdamFortunately, Johnson doesn’t indulge in them quite as well as he did in the Netflix movie.

To this end, set pieces are familiar, but not entirely old.

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One notable exception to this indulgence is the character of Amon, son of Adriana (Body Sabungwe).

Fitting the bill for both Toshio Sakurai (or Kenny if you’re watching the original English subtitle) from Gamera’s first Gamera and Spielberg’s “babbler pre-pubescent,” he’s only there to run into trouble and impart knowledge to culture shock Adam.

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Like Freddy Freeman in DC bunkmate Shazam, The kid knows so much about superheroes that he similarly urges Teth Adam to use a famous phrase when beating up the bad guys. In other words, he’s a little clingy to keep the plot going and a little other, love it or hate it.

The Justice League is its own mixed bag, and despite being suddenly included in the proceedings and given enough background, the team is admittedly.

Pierce Brosnan, Doctor Fate is the unbridled crowd pleaser you’ve probably heard others say he is, and his sightings with Hawkman help carry the film.

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Now that we’re here, I have to talk about something not everyone agrees with – casting – especially with regards to Hodge and Quintessa Swindell.

While no, they don’t match their comic book counterparts in appearance, they do pick up a glimmer of it. what or what It makes these characters who they are.

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I thought Hodge had such a special heart as Hawkman. He played the perfect “token superhero” against the principles of Black Adam.

In addition, while their battles are organized similarly to the battles between Zod and Superman in man of steelFortunately, they avoid us from motion blur. You won’t miss much when they trade blows in the sky or in confined spaces.

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Speaking of, since I haven’t gotten to him yet, how about our bad guy?

I realize it leaves a lot to be desired for most critics, but I was most impressed by watching Kenzari perform Sabbac in the ten-foot-tall rubber CGI form, all while breathing in Dr. Fate, more than ever with his time in human form.

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Although he drew his inspiration from the DC villain of the same name, rather than a Russian mobster, Kenzari’s Sabbac is instead an ordinary terrorist serving Intergang.

Unfortunately, this switch doesn’t really present the audience with anything they haven’t already seen in a Bond movie or true lies.

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At certain points, he appears to be an idiot – like when he has to portray his ancestors – and then reverts to a particularly unspeakable appearance (although ignorance can still tell from the jump that he’s a bad guy).

Oddly enough, the movie finds a lot of reasons why its heroes don’t kill the guy – and on that note, let’s talk about Adam’s murderous penchant.

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Although it was played largely in the film’s marketing, in the end it doesn’t take much in the plot outside of its use as a setting for quick gags.

Case in point, at one point Hochman and Dr. Viet begged Adam to take his enemies into captivity in order to interrogate them. However, instead, Adam took to flinging his would-be prisoners a mile or two away.

While this laughed each time, it quickly became an exaggerated hand.

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in this context , black Adam It can be accused of exaggeration and cliché.

This isn’t necessarily a negative – it’s fair.

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As a cinematic piece, it can be compared to a Marvel movie that caters to viewers, excites their eyeballs, and has a pace fit for action sets.

While he may not be on the level of Jon Favreau Iron Man, Richard Donner Supermanor any of Snyder’s outings, at the end of the day, Johnson did what he could to pursue his desire to put his favorite DC character as a movie star.

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does this mean black Adam Offers an equation should Johnson and Warner Bros. Discovery have to hang their hats off from now on?

Not quite, but it’s an amusing start to a promising new phase of the DCU that promises to give more respect to its fans.

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Yes, I know, we’ve been there before, many times at this point, but, at least this time Cavill’s comeback has been confirmed — and that makes a huge difference.

Source: Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021), Warner Bros. Pictures

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‘Black Adam’ review – a small shift in the DCEU hierarchy

Advantages:

  • The Rock has already fulfilled fans’ wishes to bring back the Superman we wanted
  • It’s fun seeing the Justice Society on the big screen, especially Fate and Hockman.
  • Even though he’s playing Black Adam, seeing the rock call out to lightning is still pretty cool

Negatives:

  • Ismail to Marwan Kanzari is a glorified background character before the final chapter.
  • The ‘joke’ of Black Adam walking through walls is a joke that has been in the movie for a very long time

8Final total

Reader Rating:19 votes)

5.4


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