What I actually ended up watching was nothing short of completely unwatchable garbage.
First of all, the editing. OH MY GOD, THE EDITING. Every single scene in this film, not just the action sequences, made me feel like I was having a stroke and made it almost impossible for me to even try and invest in anything going on. I'm not joking when I say that most, if not all of the talking scenes follow the same trend of there being a deep focus on the characters face, the character saying 1-2 sentences, the camera immediately cutting to the next character who says 1-2 sentences or even simply making 1 facial expression, and then immediately cutting to the next person. As someone who usually isn't nitpicky about film editing all that much, even I have to point out how nauseous and distracting it is that there is an average of 10 cuts per 15 seconds throughout the entire experience. The fact that 95% of the editing actually got approved past post production and made it into the final product is utterly beyond me. I genuinely wonder how people could even have fun with this film when, even by simple human comprehension standards, everyone should have been suffering just trying to look at this film.
But even if you could possibly ignore this one fatal flaw that would make the entire experience near unwatchable enough on its own, the movie is still terrible. The core conflict behind this film is supposed to be exploring the idea of whether Black Adam is actually a hero or not since he constantly kills any one who stands in his way or oppresses his people, with this JSA team being the pure opposing force to his actions. On paper, that seems like a very intriguing premise, right? Well, in execution, the movie fails to bring any of the nuance that would make this idea even remotely work or have stakes. The villains of the film are nothing but ruthless, 1 note cartoon villains who opress Black Adams homeland for.....reasons, and who we aren't asked to sympathize with at all, so why should we be doing anything but rooting for Black Adam to kill them? I'm sorry, but these people are just not worth living if they won't stop at anything to oppress and/or kill innocent people that are actually worthy of life. So this movie's attempts at trying to make Black Adam not seem wholly heroic, especially with him outright saying it dozens of times, just comes off as extremely edgy, and the ideology driving the JSA's actions becomes really forced and empty.
Half of the actors in this film don't even seem interested in giving decent performances. With the boy in particular who was nothing but a supportive mouthpiece for Black Adam and the plot not being able to change his single facial expression to save his life, even when people he cares about are actively getting threatened.
I also like how the exposition in the film just never ends. You never feel the weight of anything when people are constantly explaining the plot and their respective backstories to the audience, rather than the filmmakers deciding to opt to show them. Literally the only things keeping me from giving this movie a 1/10 is Pierce Brosnans performance and chemistry with the rest of the characters, a surprisingly good and unique score, and decent visual effects.
I do not know how anyone could have possibly enjoyed this film. Again, it's not even fun bad. It's just complete garbage that represents all of the worst traits of studio franchise filmmaking. Please, do not waste the price of a movie ticket and 2 hours of your time on this. If you want to watch a really fun and off the walls action movie with with a wide, varied, and great cast, and distinct characters to compliment said cast, then Bullet Train is far more worth the price of admission. Or if you simply want great artistic fairs to see at the theatres, then you'll love Banshees of Inisherin, Tar, and the Fablemans. Just please. You can do better than this.