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Review Black Adam (2022): MIxed feelings about this one!

genre: comic book adaptation, superhero, action, science fiction, fantasy

To be honest, I know very little about Black Adam. Sure, I did catch one or two things about him from the internet and Injustice 2 but not enough to get a grasp on his character. He is supposed to have a connection with Shazam and Superman. That connection (in the film) though, got past me the first time I watched it. Chances are that even if you remember the scene, it won't be clear to you. And yes, you heard it right. I watched it two times. I did that for the sake of fairness. 

Why did I need to watch it two times? Because I must say that overall, the film didn't vibe with me like it was supposed to. Granted, I do blame my state of mind for that. The second time, I did enjoy the film a little better, but still think that Black Adam is lacking in many ways. Like with most DC films, DC wants to do too much. For examples, introducing new characters in the franchise (some of them did make an appearance on TV in Arrow verse, but I doubt that the average viewer is aware of this). Even knowing the characters, the way they are handled is poorly done. And it doesn't make much sense. If Black Adam is considered such a threat, then why not send the people who can handle him? Like Superman and Shazam. To me, that makes a lot more sense and immediately would point out why Black Adam is a force to be reckoned with. In this film, they resort to the one thing DC films are stellar at. Displaying chaos and destruction of the highest order. And I have to admit, most of the action is effective to spectacular. Only I wasn't as involved with it as I should have been. It's the one thing DC simply fails to get right. They are more concerned with having the DC characters fight each other than actually save people. One could argue that Marvel does the same. But most of those films do have story lines that engage you and make you care. As much as I wanted to, I didn't really care about most people in the film. Except, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate and Hawkman played by Aldis Hodge. Their relationship is somewhat fleshed out, although very minimally. 

It's a brilliant move to have The Rock cast as Black Adam. Even in very bad films, he will make it worth your while. Still, while he is adequate for the most part, he doesn't do as much I would have like to. The whole fish out of water element, his backstory, pass you by, so quickly you don't really get to know him. Yes, he kills, but for good. So any illusion of him being an evil villain is thrown out of the door. He is what you call en anti-hero, and in my opinion that is a big mistake. Especially if the idea is to set him up as a villain towards Shazam and Superman. How is DC going to make that happen without ruining the already super thin backstory established in this origin film. In that regard, Black Adam is an incredible bad film. As a stand-alone film it's entertaining enough, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't make much sense. And I do blame DC for the lack of true vision. To me, it seems they are winging it as they go. If by now, they can't see that this is a bad thing, they never will.

Overall, Black Adam does enough to entertain, but if this is the new direction they are heading I have no fate in the DCEU. At least the films. Peacemaker for example was brilliant. It's a good example of building on an established character and flesh him out to such degree you even end up rooting for him. Despite him not changing that much personality wise. DC really needs to improve on their writing for me to get engaged. 

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