Shazam! is in theaters on April 5th, 2019.
Shazam is about a mischievous 14 year Billy Batson who can transform into an adult superhero at the shout of the word Shazam! He takes ahold of his new powers testing exactly what his abilities are and must do so even faster when he learns he has a villain on his tracks. Can the DC Extended Universe keep up their good streak with Shazam?
Going into this movie knowing nothing about the character, they did an excellent job at providing a detailed origin story. From the beginning the plot pulls viewers’ attention in with mystery and does not let go from there. Much to my surprise it was full of even more varying tones ranging from funny to very dark. It added a layer of depth that I was not expecting at all from Shazam but I was happy to see.
The element that really worked for this movie is that it relies a lot on pop culture references. Most of the movie is not original however it is able to piece together details that viewers are familiar with to make something incredibly enjoyable. It was truly depicted as the mind of a 14 year boy since it bounces around from topic to topic about the latest thing that catches his attention. This worked for Shazam and turns him into something almost like a toned down version of Deadpool where the movie pokes fun at itself.
If you are looking to see the DC Extended Universe go in a lighter, more comical direction then I recommend Shazam. It is a playful movie that helps to restore hope for a better future for DCEU and its movies going forward.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Ashley (Contributing Editor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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