Shazam! All User Reviews (4)

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BY aleanaf lister

It's nice to see some DC films beginning to stray away from their dark and angsty style and incorporating some comedy especially with Shazam where it fits in the most. It consists of the DCEU style from Zack Synder but done better.

The film introduces us to a new and more unknown DC Comic's character Shazam, and it is a relief they did the character justice with with it's comedic nature and child like manner from 'Billy Batson' even when transformed to the amazing Shazamt isn't the worst... More either. It is light-hearted but also has deep character arks through the characters!

The film's storyline isn't perfect but it's easy to follow and understand. It can be silly at times especially with the villain who indeed is your stereotypical mysterious and brooding 'bad guy' but the movie is fully aware of it and goes along with it.

It's an entertaining and easy-going film. A great origin story film and honestly did not disappoint.Hide

BY MariaC superstar

I have no background for comics now movies, so my review is based predominantly on the viewing of it. The movie definitely had some laughs, I'm unsure if I'm hard to please with humour, the trailer showed a lot of the funny moments, Zachary Levi played a great role and there was some great, unexpected actors in the movie. My friend and I thought this movie was more for the younger generation that for the older. Great movie for the school holidays.

BY HMJ lister

In some respects this is a hard movie to peg. The trailer made it appear to be aimed at a young audience. Good natured goofy fun. And there was much of that. However the first half leaned heavily towards horror. And did it well.

Shazam! opens with the origin story of it's super-villain. Ably carried by both the junior and senior versions' actors, this sequence covers familiar territory of an emotionally abused child growing to a resentful adult. Mark Strong's turn as the worm that... More turns is, possibly, the darkest moment in this movie. You might not want to take the whole family to this movie. Watching some one lashing out with murderous rage at bullies has a grim reality, even with the magical bells and whistles.

The second half sees a lot of light hearted bumbling into heroism. Zack Levi does a delightful job in the child-in-an-adult's body bit, leading to a number of out loud laughs from the audience. And me! Once or twice I wondered if the street savy Billy Baston would be so gawky but I decided to put it down to a rush of hormones, adrenalin and super-powers. Enough to throw anyone.

Angel Asher as Billy Baston did a fine job for one so young. Taking his character through a plausible growth arch while engaging with a likeable ensemble cast of a quickly established support network in the form of his foster family. I found myself wondering if the resemblance between Asher and Levi was intentional. One, perhaps, of the many insider references in this movie. Fortunately those references weren't belaboured enough to be distracting. Just present enough to raise a few extra smiles.

The last 10-15 minuets managed to blend tones successfully. Comedy came out on top as it should in any family friendly movie. The arrival of the Marvel Family - or, more likely, the Shazam Family - most welcome. All and all, a well rounded movie. A solid foundation to a new branch for the DC franchise and another step in a more confident, more successful DC Movie Univers.Hide

BY KennethP91 superstar

Shazam is directed by David F. Sandberg, it stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou.

Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who’s been chosen by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) to take up his mantle

As a comicbook movie Shazam works in many ways, the movie in general is fun and it’s highly entertaining. Zachary Levi plays Shazam and he perfectly embodies an adult with a 15 year old mind. His chemistry with Freddy Freeman who’s... More played by Jack Dylan Grazer is great and they create this odd mentor, men-tee relationship that’s very fun to watch.

Asher Angel is also great as Billy Batson, you understand why he is the way he is. He’s got a very emotional arc which elevates the movie even further. There’s an underlying message about family and the movie hits this perfectly.

Unfortunately much like the majority of comicbook films the movie suffers from it’s villains. Mark Strong plays Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and though the movie gives a sympathetic backstory as the movie progresses there’s nothing much to his character other than someone who wants power. There are also CGI monsters which aren’t that great.

Overall Shazam is definitely one of the better DC comic book movies, alongside Wonder Woman and to some extent Aquaman. It delivers plenty of laughs and the chemistry between the actors are great, you buy that Zachary Levi is an adult with a child’s mind and he plays this perfectly.

Other characters are also great especially the other foster kids as well as their foster parents and even with very little screen time Djimon Hounsou is great as a wizard who just wants his mantle to be passed. Shazam is highly recommended, though caution there are several scary scenes that might not be good younger children.Hide