Review: Style and great supporting players make ‘Black Adam’ forgettably entertaining
I never expected to fall in love with Black Adam in any respect, as I’ve never been particularly interested in superhero movies, and have always found them a bit on the lightweight side. After a couple of weeks and a couple of movies, however, I feel like this was one of my favorites. Granted, I’ve only seen the second one in the trilogy, but it’s hard to deny that those are some pretty darn good films.
I’ll be the first to admit that I fell in love with the comic. It was the first ever one and, while I’m not a Marvel fan, I’ve been a fan of all the different incarnations of the character, and this was arguably the best yet. For those who are not familiar, Black Adam is a super-villain who, as you might imagine, has an affinity with technology and knows a thing or two about cyborgs. He’s a smart-ass with a sarcastic sense of humor just like his counterpart, Lex Luthor. A master villain, even.
The movie does its best to bring Black Adam’s character into the 21st century. His costume (even though it is a bit over the top) is completely new and futuristic. He also has a modern-day partner to go with it: a human named Eve (played by Scarlett Johansson). They have a child (played by Theo James) and live in the real world where Black Adam has no place.
A lot of good actors were involved in these movies as well. Denzel Washington as Lex Luthor, Michelle Pfeiffer as Dr. Christine, and the list goes on. In any case, the only people who seemed to be out of place were the real-life superheroes like Black Adam (Adam Sandler) and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). There weren’t too many supporting players, either.
Let’s take a look at what I like about these movies, and perhaps why they were nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes, again), Best Actor (Sandler again), and Best Adapted Screenplay.
When it really comes down to it, I am a huge fan of the genre. I’m not fond of superheroes and I’m far from any such thing, but I really love a good movie. I’ve put my time into other genres