Unfortunately, the highly anticipated movie Black Adam, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. Despite high expectations and a lot of hype surrounding the film, it seems that the final product fell short of what fans were hoping for.
The negative reviews have been particularly devastating for Johnson, who has been working on this project for years and had hoped it would be a major success. Unfortunately, it seems that the script, direction, and performances all left much to be desired. Critics have cited a lack of character development and a confusing plot as major issues with the movie. Many also found the action sequences to be underwhelming and uninspired.
Dwayne Johnson reacts to bad #BlackAdam reviews: “Our audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple of shots. That’s just the business of it, though.” https://t.co/vBDJNHhLBi pic.twitter.com/McGoPSgh1q
— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2023
While at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, The Rock was speaking with Variety when the subject of Black Adam came up. He first reflected on the development of the movie itself, and how everyone involved had done their best to make it as good as could possibly be. The movie would ultimately be met with a mixed response from critics upon its release, though The Rock is happy that the film was a hit with filmgoers, who conversely gave the movie much higher audience scores in comparison.
As he tells Variety:
“You know, all that I could do, and that we could do, when we were making Black Adam was to put our best foot forward, surround ourselvse with the best people, and also, to deliver the best movie we could. The audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple of shots. That’s just the business of it, though.”
Regarding Henry Cavill’s Superman exit, The Rock casually compared it to a new coach stepping in to take control of a football team and going with a different quarterback. As Dwayne Johnson put it:
“I think it’s almost like when you have a pro football team, and your quarterback wins championships, the head coach wins championships, and you have a new owner. And the new owner comes in, and says, ‘Not my coach, not my quarterback, I’m gonna go with someone new.'”
Overall, the negative reception of Black Adam has been a major disappointment for everyone involved. Despite the hype and excitement leading up to its release, it seems that the film failed to deliver and will be remembered as a sad footnote in Johnson’s career.