The Problem With Black Adam
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Adam so I'm going to admit something up front and just get it out of the way. I never expected this movie because I don't like Dwayne Johnson as a movie star, that's not to say I never liked him at all. He did appear on Star Trek that time, but in his movie star era, I think Johnson has almost always made the most generic and safe choices. Possible movies that don't challenge you at all as an actor, but usually aren't very impressive as action movies either.
I guess I just don't like his taste in scripts and I think he tends to put in some very boring, very same performances. Combine that with constant interviews in which Johnson seemed more interested in comparing the power levels of
Adam and Superman than anything else. otherwise a conversation I find very boring and I wasn't all that excited about this one even as I tried to go in with an open mind so I'm pleasantly surprised to say that although I do have some pretty significant issues with the movie that I'm going into in almost none of them having to do with the actual performance of Dwayne Johnson.
I think it's really solid in this movie and there are also other positives here that I'll try to get into as well and I think the movie is much better. than a lot of recent superhero flops like thor, love and thunder or the undying ones, i still can't bring myself to fully accept it, mainly because of this script, but let me go back and start with the protagonist himself, it's never been a The Secret of that Dwayne The Rock Johnson has seen Arnold Schwarzenegger's film career as a role model trying to do a similar mix of action movies, adult comedies and family comedies and now after seeing
Adam I think part of the reason Johnson has been trying to The only thing that made this particular movie for so long is that in this character he sees his Terminator 2.
I doubt I'd be the first to notice this because it felt so obvious throughout the movie , but the character's friendship with a young Amman felt like I was really trying really hard to recreate the T800 and John Connor Dynamic with a scary blunt weapon like befriending a n child and learn from them even while protecting them and I think
Adam does a good job there. low-key character for most of the movie, which means the actor can't lean on the eyebrow-raising plus winking stick he falls into so often he has some great deadpan moments and bounces off the rest of the cast nicely. liked the character here even If I think his backstory elements were handled rather clumsily, especially in the opening, if anything, even though I think the script can't allow him to reach his full potential, I guess now he's a good time to talk this movie's strange relationship with its anti-hero drives much of the movie and even the marketing is focused on this idea that
Adam is not your grandfather's superhero, he's not a hero at all, he's brutal and he murders people , okay, I like anyone who has been reading comics for years, this will not exactly seem like a novel concept.
It's been a while where superhero stories come back again and again, but if it's an idea executed well, I have no
problem. being very traveled territory, the thing is I just don't think there's a lot of tension between
Adam and the Justice Society because of the deaths he's causing and for a minute the movie treats this as a major sticking point between them, but it's so quickly shrugged off and violence so lightly dismissed that it never feels like the movie really commits to exploring this idea that everyone
Adam brings out here is like a faceless thug or cartoonishly villain. cruel so like of course there will be some fun action seeing them thrown into the sea and the movie enjoys those moments but to really engage with this idea of whether or not superheroes kill people is justified there needs to be a lot more of an actual proof of action of our character's beliefs, there are no morally ambiguous moments here, no scenes where the viewer is asked to extend some humanity to here. necks that
Adam is taking down and I'm not saying it has to be a big deal. -The best action movies as much as the next person, but if you're going to focus much of this movie on the conflict between
Adam and Hawkman, that conflict must have Stakes, there must be much more to Hawkman's storylines than heroes.
Don't do that, find compelling situations that test both of your beliefs in a meaningful way where both characters have an understandable perspective on the situation and there is no easy right answer. Instead, the movie settles for Hawkma. I'm basically just telling
Adam to stop doing cool superpowered stuff against mostly faceless enemies at the end of the movie. The demon from Doom 2 who forms an army of skeletal zombies, the movie tries to make this as much a part of
Adam's character, but it constantly takes the easy way out and never puts him in a situation where he could be seen. truly evil or even completely unheroic for all the movies. talk about how his leading man is not a hero he never bothers to explore that in a way that would make the audience uncomfortable or conflicted even for a second i mean this character has seen his wife and son killed right in front of him that's a core part of his backstory here however that was never brought up in the conversation about how he feels about taking the lives of others like i'm sorry to keep harping on this but really i just thought that all in all i'm not a hero through the movie line it was such a lazy way to seem edgy and i think it's a shame because they had a potentially very interesting conflict there with hawkman that could have made this whole thing so much more significant. and driven by the character talking about Hawkman, even though we're talking about the JSA.
I really enjoyed Pierce Brosnan as Dr. interface, he looked great, his powers were fun and Brosnan brought the gravitas in Spades. I think this is a really underrated DC character that has been brought to the big screen. very good I'd say Hawkman fits into that category as well Aldous Hodge is a great actor I've been watching since his days on NBC's Friday Night Lights in 2007 and while Hawkman doesn't usually get the funny moments here or the dialogue and often you have to touch this gold. I think he elevated the material. The other two on the team.
Adam Smashers. The whole stick feels like something we've seen done better in a million other movies like this. So much his humor. and his and Cyclone's power set doesn't get enough screen time that only focuses on her to make much of an impact outside of some attractive powers. I have nothing against these two, but they feel like they could be almost completely removed from the movie without much story change being necessary, which is generally not a good sign for two characters that appear in the movie as often as they do. these two, plus if you're going to bring Henry Winkler in for a cameo where he explains that
Adam Smasher is wearing his old vintage costume, why not make it look really vintage, like give it a touch of silver age or something that's obviously a Minor complaint but I don't know why mention the age of his suit multiple times and then just have him inside? a perfectly average looking modern suit that goes back to the positives, although I will say that overall I liked this cast.
I wouldn't mind seeing them again with a better script. I think they could all shine in these roles. Also Lauren Balf's score really caught me off guard by giving
Adam a nice distinctive theme that stood out much more than many recent Blockbuster scores which I really appreciated even if a lot of the license needle drops were painfully obvious, luckily there were never enough to really. overwhelm the movie like what happened with the first Suicide Squad movie. I think I better leave YouTube frozen in general. I thought this overall was okay. issues like do we really need that army of skeletons with no personality that
adam barely fights btw but you know i had a pretty decent time with it its pretty far cry from what i know of the character in the comics but i concede that he mostly reads very, very old Captain Marvel Shazam comics, so maybe this lines up perfectly with his current iteration, I really don't know, but the twist where his son sacrificed himself to save him is more effective than it seems I was hoping and really wish the marketing hadn't screwed it up and then there's the Superman of all that, I guess it's nice to see Cavill back but he only really says a sentence or two so I don't think so. there's a lot to discuss there, it's kind of funny how it's related to Shazam lore, this is like the movie doesn't try to hide that at all, but Johnson seems to have no interest in a crossover with the character I hope.
I'm wrong on that though because I think those two could be a lot of fun together in one movie a lot more than
Adam and Superman honestly but yeah I thought this movie was mostly okay it feels like a superhero movie 101, but executed pretty well aside from the awkward Exposure there is, I can't get too passionate about it either way, but it wasn't a terrible two hours in the theater as much as I like talking about DC's world designing your own. it can be so much more rewarding to take on World Anvil This is an amazing resource for writers creating massive worlds, especially for RPGs, as its feature board, which offers the perfect canvas for writers and artists, allowing you to organize everything in a way super clean and makes it easy to connect the story threads as you see fit. text articles, art pieces and your own assets, whether you're planning a creative d d campaign or simply trying to capture the texture and tone of your novel, World Anvil is useful for anyone with a great idea for a story that want to see it executed. rewriting genre stuff I think is especially amazing as it makes it very easy to create Magic Systems family trees and convey exactly the tone your story requires so head over to the link in the description and use the code midnight to Get 40 Off An Annual Foreign Membership Here's a special tip for you guys and gals who haven't yet joined Captain Midnight's new 1940's Flying Patrol, you better hurry up and join right away because there's out there. a great adventure ahead, the thing to do now is start because not only are we going to have barrels of fun, but also many gifts and prices.