Shazam, starring Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Glazer, is the latest entry to the DC Cinematic Universe and is a huge step in the right direction. After a strong showing from Aquaman, Shazam delivers interesting characters, great chemistry, and a story that will pull you in. The movie is about a boy named Billy Batson who gains magical powers from a dying wizard in order to protect the world from the Seven Deadly Sins. Billy may be a troubled foster kid constantly getting into ruts, but he is a great kid at heart.
I have seen a few people say that this movie is ‘cheesy’ or ‘corny’ as if it’s a bad thing. The movie is cheesy intentionally and successfully hits on every comedic note. Zachary Levi as Shazam is the best casting job in the DCU and his work in the film really sold the fact that he was a boy trapped in a superhero’s body. The ‘Big’ comparisons are pretty spot on and are what you should expect from this film.
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The plot is full of things to care about like Billy figuring out how to use his new powers, how he fits into his new family, the relationship between Billy and his missing mother, the friendship of Billy and Freddy, and reasons behind that antagonist’s wrongdoings. I personally thought that the subplots were all substantial to Shazam’s success, and they’re completely driven by fleshed out characters. I can also fully understand why they decided to not go with Dwayne Johnson in this film because it would take a lot of attention away from Billy’s origin itself.
On top of everything I spoke about, the action in Shazam is also great. Billy is still in the process of learning his full potential, so his battle against The Seven Deadly Sins was surprisingly grounded at first. A lot of the action in this movie didn’t necessarily come from your typical ‘good guy vs bad guy’ type of scenes, but more Billy struggling to figure out his powers while simultaneously saving people in different scenarios, all of which were hilarious and brilliant. I just really dig this movie, man, it caught me by surprise and I think it’s going to help DC reel in more people who want to see the more lighthearted and fun stuff they’ll find in Shazam opposed to their darker films.
Well, there you have it guys! Shazam is out in theaters now so don’t forget to grab your tickets! Shazam is 100% family friendly and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Great performances by Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Glazer really tie this thing together and I’m really excited to see what DC does next with their newest asset. If you see the movie, let us know what you think on our social media platforms!
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