6 Thoughts on Black Adam (Review)
The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe has never been more in flux. At long last, the Black Adam movie is upon us. We’ve been waiting for this film ever since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was first cast in the role in 2007. We’ve been waiting for this film since the DCEU sorta fell apart after Justice League. Is Black Adam the savior that this cinematic universe has been waiting for?
Probably not, but it was an alright flick.
Movie Rating: 7/10 – Good
I’ll admit that I probably went into Black Adam a little biased. Not against the character or DC, because I’m a comic book fan who loves all this stuff. But The Rock’s constant hyping of this movie, coupled with DCEU fanboys desperate for a hit, really started rubbing me the wrong way. This isn’t the second coming of superhero movies, and I doubt it’s going to really change the shape of DC movies going forward. I think it was just an enjoyable superhero film.
Join me after the jump for my thoughts and full review of Black Adam. Expect FULL SPOILERS for the film. And feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments down below.Read the rest of this entry
Now Black Adam Looks Good
A new trailer for the Black Adam movie arrived on the internet yesterday and this one actually looks good. I haven’t been all that interested in Black Adam and all previous trailers have been pretty lackluster. It just looks like the Rock is going to embrace every available cliche to bring this largely uninteresting character to life.
But this new trailer looks pretty darn cool!
I’m definitely not the only person more excited to see the Justice Society in action. I’m not a Justice Society fan, but there appears to be a lot of care and detail put into bringing the likes of Hawkman and Dr. Fate to life. That’s cool as heck. And Black Adam…still looks and acts like a cliche-ridden Rock.
I guess we’ll find out! Black Adam comes to theaters on Oct. 21.
Into the Shazamiverse!
The Comic Con trailers are coming hard and fast today! I’ll share as many as I feel like over the next couple of days. I don’t care about every trailer, people! It’s my weekend! Anyway, I definitely wanted to share the new trailers for Shazam: Fury of the Gods and Black Adam. One looks good, the other looks as boring as it’s every been.
I really enjoyed the first Shazam movie and this sequel looks like fun. It also looks a little directionless. Like, why isn’t it a crossover with Black Adam? Is it just going to be another Shazam adventure? Also, how the hell are these two movies not some kind of crossover? Fans enjoy crossovers, and these two characters are from the same gorram series! Why is Warner Bros not going for full movie synergy with these two films?
Anyway, Shazam: Fury of the Gods looks fun. I especially hope to see a lot of attention paid to the family. This movie comes out at Christmastime.
Then we’ve got Black Adam, which comes out in late October. And this second trailer is just as useless as the first.
I’m just not buying what this movie is selling, and all it’s selling is the Rock. There don’t seem to be any really interesting twists or gimmicks to Black Adam. He’s just a generic superhero type, and they’re trying to play him off as some sort of uber badass or something. It feels forced and hokey. And the Rock isn’t selling it. His line about the “hierarchy of power” changing in the DC Universe was an instant meme of mockery, and nothing this movie has shown us since has changed that for me.
This one is gonna be a Morbius-level dud.
Black Adam Looks Bad
The first full trailer for the upcoming Black Adam movie came out yesterday and it looks bad. It looks Morbius levels of bad, in my opinion. It’s just the Rock doing a bunch of posing as the trailer checkmarks its way through superhero movie tropes.
They even recreate the Iron Man vs. jet fighters scene from the very first Iron Man trailer more than a decade ago! I mean, c’mon! The action looks rote and the Black Adam character looks boring as hell. The only interesting stuff in this trailer is the Justice Society.
Black Adam seems to be built purely on the Rock’s force of will to be a super strong superhero. It’s like some studio executive told the Rock he could never play Superman because he’s too brown, so the Rock found a brown superhero as strong as Superman and is going to try to make him even more popular — only to not have anybody actually try behind the scenes.
This does not look good. But I’m still gonna see it, of course. Black Adam comes to theaters on Oct. 21.
A Big Pile of Movie Reviews
I love movie reviews! They’re fun, they’re short and they’re easy to share. And over the past few days, a whole pile of new movie reviews arrived and I’m going to share them all at once. Because that is the best strategy.
First up is Werewolves Within, the new werewolf thriller comedy!
This one looks pretty darn funny! It starts Sam Richardson, who is everywhere these days, and Milana Vayntrub, who was going to be the live action Squirrel Girl at one point! So this looks killer. Werewolves Within arrives in theaters on June 25.
Next up is Last Night in Soho, the new Edgar Wright film!
Edgar Wright doing dark and suspense? Sounds doable! I’m a huge Edgar Wright fan, though I’ll admit that I didn’t really like Baby Driver all that much. That’s on me. Last Night in Soho stars Thomasin MacKenzie, who was also in Jo Jo Rabbit, so that’s neat! Plus Ana Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith from Doctor Who and Jessie Mei Li, who I recently saw starring in Shadow and Bone on Netflix. Neat cast! Last Night in Soho comes out in October.
Then we have a trailer for Gunpowder Milkshake, a movie I didn’t really know existed. Seems to be a lady version of John Wick, to an extent.
And it looks great to me! Who doesn’t love Karen Gillen? Plus Lena Headey and Chloe Coleman, the little girl from My Spy? I love the whole cast, from the looks of it, and I love me some action. The title is also pretty fun. Gunpowder Milkshake will come out on July 14.
Next, brand new just this morning, is a trailer for Jungle Cruise! It’s that Disney ride film starring the Rock and Emily Blunt that was supposed to come out last year.
And it still looks fun. An action film set on a boat in a jungle starring the Rock? Seems simple enough. I’m in. Jungle Cruise comes out on July 30.
Lastly we have a new Chris Pratt action film The Tomorrow War.
This looks to be a solid, enjoyable Chris Pratt action film! This might be one of those movies that has too many plot holes, or twists that we can already predict, but we’ll have to watch it to find out! The Tomorrow War comes to Amazon Prime on July 2.
And those are the movies that put out new trailers this week. Fun for us all.