Movie Review: Shazam!

April 20th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | | ActionAdventureComedy | 5 April 2019 (USA)
 
7.7/10
42,763
 
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 grown-up superhero Shazam.

Director:

 David F. Sandberg

Writers:

 Henry Gayden (screenplay by), Henry Gayden (story by) | 3 more credits »

Initial Thoughts:

DC has been doing better with both TV and movies. I enjoyed "Titans" (TV show I watched on Netflix) and of course the "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" movies. Now if they would just allow their entertainment app to be available in Canada I'd be even happier. So all that said I was looking forward to this movie and was glad to go last weekend with a friend.

Main Points:

I'm not much of a Shazam fan, I've only ever read a few comics with him in it. Still, I knew about him and the basic premise of saying the word and becoming a super-hero (while keeping your personality/memories after the transformation).

The movie has a nice start to do, though to be honest I quickly found myself getting bored. To give the movie credit, things get a lot better when Billy can transform into Shazam and it gets better again towards the end.

There are some great fun parts, a few really humorous ones and yeah even a few touching moments. The acting is good, for the most part, and the special effects are fine, though I never found the 3D added anything to it.

They do manage a realistic portrayal of what a 14-year-old boy would do if he suddenly had superpowers. There are also some fun references to other DC movies/characters and be sure to stay to the end for 2 post-credit scenes.

Final Thoughts:

While this wasn't as good as I thought, it was certainly still enjoyable and a good addition to the DCEU. There are few gory scenes (people get their heads chewed off!) and some crude humor/coarse language moments. For those reasons Id' say not to bring kids to this, I'd say ages 14+. I give it 7.5 out of 10, it's going to fall in the middle of recent DC movies. So I do recommend it, just be prepared for a slow start but it does get better. Looking forward to Joker in the fall, have great Easter everyone!