The long-awaited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lead superhero movie is here, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who has assembled quite the cast to star alongside Johnson: Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Centineo, Quintessa Swindell, Sarah Shashi, and Marwan Kenzari to name a few.
Premise: Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods-and imprisoned just as quickly-Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
Review: Every piece of art is influenced by something, and this movie is no different, but unlike most artsy endeavors the influences here are a little distracting. It would have been nicer if I could have experienced this film without intimately knowing where this or that idea was pulled from.
Black Adam is a mishmash of a bunch of movies of the genre and it almost ruined my enjoyment of the film. Often inspirations are more subtle, sometimes even it’s long after the movie has ended that you might make those connections, not here. I could see those other movies’ scenes in my mind that the ones they inspired in this film played out. ANd this might be my biggest complaint about the movie, it doesn’t have a singular voice and/or directorial style. I could go into details but it’s not worth it.
Despite all that, I really enjoyed myself. As a whole it’s a solid movie, entertaining, and fun to watch with great moments. The only thing I’ll doubt is the rewatchability of this film, at least in the theaters because at home you could skip to the good bits.