April 05, 2019

Shazam! is in theaters on April 5th, 2019.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

Finally! DC has hit one of of the freaking park. They took a play out of Marvels playbook but definitely made it their own. Typically DC has been known to have an extremely dark type of film with maybe a few comedic moments throughout. Shazam was an extremely funny movie while keeping the villainous aspect true to the original DC game plane.

Zachary Levi, playing Shazam, and Asher Angel, playing Billy Batson, both had an amazing amount of screen time and I was thoroughly impressed to see how even we got to see the two of them perform. The film also had some super cool use of symbolism and plot points. Not a whole lot but the few they had were extremely well done.

The film did seem to dwell on the high school drama for a little bit too long. I understand trying to figure out your powers, however we could’ve done with a few minutes less of it. Seemed to drag on for a little while before things got serious again.

While there was one issue I had with the villain, played by Mark Strong, and the wizards, played by Djimon Hounsou, meeting for the second time, kind of a why didn’t you just smite him there type of thing, the villain became bad a**. Super scary and backed with an actor like Mark Strong we got a powerhouse for the bad guy.

Also the lore for the film, like the wizards and magic powers and where they came from, was super cool. They really didn’t go into it a whole lot which would’ve been nice to see, but I envision that they’ll probably have a sequel in which they get to the meat and potatoes on all of that stuff.

This was a crazy turn of events for DC and they absolutely did a fantastic job.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Anthony Anthony (Contributor) was born and raised in the Tampa, Florida area. He likes Pina Coladas and long walks on the beach. He spends most of his time watching movies and spending times with friends.
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