I’m a skinny kid after a distant second in the egg and spoon contest, the DC Extended Universe will have to compete in a race it will never win.
Should it make the spoon smaller, the egg bigger, or simply shoot the front runner? It will be Marvel who are so far ahead that DC can hardly see them, don’t be afraid to take a shot.
Every time a new DC movie comes out, critics wonder in vain ‘is this the movie that saves the franchise?’.
The latest on tight block is Black Adama large caper, many effects loosely connected to DC’s 2019 movie Shazam, which no one really cares about. At least Black Adam there’s a genuine movie star in The Rock in its cage.
In a windy opening sequence, we hear about the ancient kingdom of Kahndaq, a prosperous and relatively advanced middle eastern city that flourished over 4,000 years ago, and isn’t a bad place to be. lived until a tyrannical king came to power.
Haunted by a magical mineral called eternium, the king enslaves his people and forces them to dig everything to create an almighty crown.
He almost went home and was exposed when a boy hero emerged from the mines and was transformed into a mighty warrior by the immortal mages. This is Teth-Adam (Dwayne Johnson), who defeated the corrupt king, but was then buried under a mountain and spent 5,000 bloody years in limbo.
In the present day, Kahndaq has been attacked by agents of a foreign power, some of whom are obsessed with finding a magical crown and using it for evil purposes.
And when Kahndaqi’s patriot Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) finds the crown to prevent it from falling into the hands of mercenaries, she unwittingly frees old Adam, who has appeared after millennia of power. sleep in an understandable frenzy.
He can fly, crush large objects, catch bullets, shoot sparks from his hands, and use these powers to waste Kahndaq’s enemies.
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But this carnage has raised alarm bells in the American Justice Association, a sort of yellow-shirted Avengers that enjoys intervening in international conflict. Led by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and the clever wizard and doctor of fate (Pierce Brosnan), they take it to Kahndaq, where Hawkman and Adam immediately clash.
It’s not a good sign in a movie where the reviewer has to lie down in a dark room for 10 minutes after just describing its plot.
But this is the nature of Black Adaman amusement so complex that it risks meeting itself on the way back.
Johnson is perfectly fine as Adam, who spends most of his time hovering 10 feet above the ground and frowning down at the people below, all unworthy.
We know all about Johnson’s comic time, and he can use it now and then, just not enough. There are ways that Black Adam may have succeeded: revenge instead of the usual nonsense does better than Adam’s motivation; he has rage issues and the potential to be an interesting character.
But director Jaume Collet-Serra and his team of writers must respond to the broader needs of the DC franchise and do justice to other superheroes that have been thrown into the mix.
In addition to Doctor Fate and Hawkman, we have Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), a shape-shifting relative of Shazam, and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindel), who can control sound and increase wind.
I can also create winds, but they are not dramatic, and not very much either. Characteristically sketchy and deadly, they use up all the important screen time that could have been better monopolized by Johnson, despite the predictable turn of Brosnan charm.
The whole thing looks like it was plotted by two 10-year-old boys – ‘shoot this, blast that!’ – and end up falling into a bunch of ugly special effects that are hard to see. And so, another confused DC caper limped to the finish line, wondering what exactly happened this time.
Rating: Two stars
Inisherin’s Banshees (16, 114 minutes)
Set on a remote island in the Atlantic during our Civil War, Martin McDonagh’s Inisherin’s Banshees tells about a minor tragedy in a primary key.
Fiddler and the amateur philosopher Colm (Brendan Gleeson) and the good-natured little farmer Pádraic (Colin Farrell) have been friends for years, until one day Colm decides he’s had enough. “I don’t like you anymore,” he told Pádraic in panic, before explaining that he felt the hand of death on his shoulder and wanted to spend the rest of his days writing music that would last. than.
And when Pádraic doesn’t get the message, Colm makes a strange threat: every time Pádraic talks to him, he’ll cut off a finger of his own. It sounds extreme, but there’s a Grecian grandeur to McDonagh’s story that comes after.
Farrell and Glesson go head-to-head, the gorgeous Kerry Condon plays Siobhán, Pádraic’s smart and exasperated sister, and Barry Keoghan plays a young islander. McDonagh’s script is great, playful and witty on the surface, but there’s a bottom of frustration and existential despair.
Rating: Five stars
Decided to leave (15A, 139 minutes)
Best known for his brutal and brilliant Vengeance trilogy, Korean director Park Chan-wook explores a more subtle plot in Decided to leavea wonderfully layered and moody piece that reminds me of the classic 1940s melodramas noirs by Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk.
In the southern port city of Busan, depressed cop Hae-Jun (Park Hae-il) is working on a gruesome murder case when he catches someone who truly cares about him.
The twisted body of a wealthy rock climber was found at the bottom of a famous local peak.
Did he fall or was pushed? Snippets of information gathered from the man’s phone convince him that this is a murder, and almost as soon as he meets the man’s widow, Seo-rae (Tang Wei), a beautiful Chinese immigrant, Hae-Jun was suspicious.
But as a circumstantial evidence against her mount, the detective begins to fall in love with her. Beautiful photography, despairing elegance,
Chan-wook’s film uses the crime genre as a framework to explore the intricacies of human relationships, and Wei is wonderful as her impudent woman.
Rating: Five stars
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