- Origin: 25/25
- Story: 22/25
- Camera/SFX: 24/25
- Performance: 23/25
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word–SHAZAM!–this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart–inside a ripped, godlike body–Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
- Rated: PG-13 (Intense action and some language)
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Directed by: David F. Sandberg
- Written by: Henry Gayden
- Release date: 5th April, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 130 minutes
- Studio: New Line Cinema
|Djimon Hounsou||The Wizard Shazam|
|Mark Strong||Dr. Thaddeus Sivana|
|Jack Dylan Grazer||Freddy Freeman|
|Asher Angel||Billy Batson|
|Marta Milan||Rosa Vasquez|
|Grace Fulton||Mary Bromfield|
|Cooper Andrews||Victor Vasquez|
|Faithe Herman||Darla Dudley|
|John Glover||Sivana’s Father|
|Ian Chen||Eugene Choi|
The story of Shazam is a complex one, dealing with the picky details of the magic of Shazam and how it is possible is are to show, but they show it with simplicity to those who are new to it. Costumes are looking good, they don’t look to ridiculous and they still fit the comic origin. I loved the look of the 7 deadly sins, most definitely were similar to there comic counterpart and they definitely represented the 7 sins. I loved how the children who were chosen to be of pure heart were teleported from their daily life to get a chance at being Shazam. This movie seemed to spark the imagination of children
What a laugh this was, DC didn’t take themselves seriously in this film, which is a good thing. I like their dark gritty films that they have done in the past, but it was nice to see a film that was funny and had a great character arc. Once Billy became Shazam I felt it took too long for him to realise his potential because some scenes dragged a bit and you ended up getting frustrated. Apart from that it was fun and had some great character development.
The films effects and shots play off of the unique character that is Shazam, like when Billy jumps off the building and shouts the magic words, it was a beautiful night backdrop and a great close up to wide of him shooting off into the night, and the lighting itself was bright and full of colour. These types of scenes helped to intensify the action. Most scenes complimented what was happening and helped to drive some of the story along.
A great performance from Zachery Levi, playing an adult with a child’s mind can be hard, so to play an infantile and grow as a character along the way was awesome. Even though it took to long for the character to grow, it still was good to watch. Mark Strong is a worthy adversary, his smouldering look and strong presence (pun intended) was what the film needed to make jokes easier to land and for tension to rise. I must admit, the younger cast did a great job delivering lines, but they may have slipped for me once or twice. Overall, it was a funny cast that made me and many other DC fans happy, I believe that the DC universe is back on track.