Black Adam, a face-melting big-screen spectacular crash-landing on HBO Max on Friday, Dec. 16.

Black Adam is a ton of fun, if you like that sort of thing.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a rare villain(ish) role, let loose to create carnage with a knowing smirk to camera.

Start to finish, Black Adam is a guilty pleasure that isn't even the slightest bit guilty.

Story-wise, Johnson plays Teth-Adam, ancient champion of a perennially oppressed (fictional) Middle Eastern nation called Kahndaq.

Adam is bemused by new-fangled progressive ideas like not melting people into skeletons for looking at him funny.

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