Movie Review – ‘Black Adam’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.

So, I’m going to tell you, I didn’t really know what to expect when it came to checking out ‘Black Adam’ at the cinema. I don’t know that much about Black Adam as a character from the DC superhero universe. I don’t know him well compared to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. 😐

I wasn’t expecting to see ‘Black Adam’ on the big screen. I thought I might see it on a whim, but never actually considered seeing it at the cinema. But since I hadn’t been to the cinema for a while, I thought I might as well check it out and see whether it’s a satisfying film to watch on the big screen.

After seeing it…yeah, it’s fine. Do I think it’s great? No, I wouldn’t be that generous. I suppose I sort-of knew what to expect when checking out this film and there weren’t that many surprises to excite me. With that said, there were things about the film that I enjoyed and found very interesting to see.

The film focuses on Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam who wakes up after 5,000 years and is bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods. The story takes place in the fictional country of Kahndaq. I sort-of guessed that there would be Egyptian influences featured throughout this movie.

At least the film was easier to follow compared to the ‘MCU’s ‘Moon Knight’ series. Anyway, once awoken and freed from his tomb/prison, Black Adam is ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. Will Black Adam fight against the Justice Society trying to stop him in this film?

Or will he end up saving the day from a terrible threat? What’s interesting about this movie is Black Adam is actually an anti-hero. He’s not really a goody-good guy as he tends to kill people when he’s fighting the oppressors of Kahndag. Something the Justice Society, especially its leader, frowns upon.

Again, I don’t know much about Black Adam as a character, but as I understand it, this film is a spin-off from the 2019 film ‘Shazam!‘, which I’ve yet to see. Black Adam even says the word “Shazam!” when summoning his powers into being or when he powers down at one point during the film itself.

It’s intriguing how the film unveils Black Adam’s character, particularly when it turns out he wasn’t the boy who tried to oppose the oppressive king of Kahndag back in ancient times. He’s actually the father of that boy, who takes revenge upon the king after his son had saved him but got sadly killed.

Dwayne Johnson delivers a brilliant performance as Black Adam in the film. Having seen him in the two ‘Jumanji’ films and ‘Jungle Cruise’, it’s no wonder he’s been able to make a successful career in movies after being a wrestler. It looks like there’s more time to tell with Black Adam’s character here.

The film also features Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall/Hawkman, the leader of the Justice Society. There’s also Noah Centineo as the awkward but nice Al Rothstein/Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkel/Cyclone, and there’s Pierce Brosnan (James Bond – 007) as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate.

There’s Sarah Shahi as university professor/resistance fighter Adrianna Tomaz, Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Ishamel Gregor/Sabbac, Mohammed Amer as Karim who is Adrianna’s brother, and Bodhi Sabongui as Amon who is Adrianna’s son, who befriends Black Adam throughout the movie. 🙂

Other characters I recognises from other DC superhero films include Viola Davis as Amanda Waller (who’s been in the two ‘Suicide Squad’ films). There’s also Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, who appears for two minutes in the film’s mid-credit scene. I would have liked more Superman here.

‘Black Adam’ has been an enjoyable film to check out in the ‘DC Extended Universe’ series. I can’t say it’s a great film, but it’s far from terrible. It’s not something I would want to see again and again, but I’m glad I saw it, and it’s a decent film to spend two hours and five minutes on via the big screen and, I’m sure, via home media.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Black Adam’

  1. Timelord 007

    The Rock bless him went into bat and got Cavill back as Superman, Cavill leaving The Witcher so hopefully we’ll get more Superman & he my top pick for James Bond.

    I enjoyed this a lot more than the rubbish Marvel have been churning out lately, She Hulk was dreadful, Thor 4 was abysmal at least this had great action sequences.

    A excellent review.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon,

      I enjoyed Dwayne Johnson in this movie and it was nice to see Henry Cavill back as Supermen if only for about 10 seconds. 😀 I’ve yet to see ‘She-Hulk’. I’ve a lot of catching up to do. I’m currently checking out ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ on Disney+, which I’m greatly enjoying. I’m hoping to check out ‘The Santa Clauses’ next on Disney+ and after that: Season 3 of ‘The Orville’. There’s plenty of ‘MCU’ and ‘Star Wars’ shows to catch up on via Disney+, and I’m hoping to check them out soon.

      Many thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Black Adam’. As far as I’m concerned, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is the best movie made in the ‘MCU’ so far. 😀

      Tim 🙂

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