Film Review-Shazam!

Shazam! is a refreshing addition to the DC universe that brings a fun and lighthearted tone to the typically darker franchise. This origin story and the coming-of-age film follows Billy Batson, a teenage orphan who discovers he is the “chosen one” and gains the power to transform into a buff, adult superhero named Shazam (played by Zachary Levi). Along with his foster brother Freddy (played by Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy must save the world from the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana (played by Mark Strong) and the seven deadly sins.

The relationship between Billy and Freddy is a standout element of the film, with Freddy serving as a mentor to Billy as he navigates his new powers and identity as a superhero. The other foster siblings also bring charm and personality to their limited roles. While Mark Strong shines as the main antagonist, the representation of the seven deadly sins falls a bit flat in their gargoyle-like redesign.

Beyond the fun superhero action, Shazam! also delivers a heartwarming message about family and belonging. Billy learns that family is not just about blood relations, but about the people who choose to embrace and support us. This coming-of-age story is a great addition to the film’s themes.

Overall, Shazam! is a delightful movie that balances mature themes with humour and camp. It stands out among the other DC films and offers hope for more lighthearted entries in the franchise. With great lead and supporting characters, cameos, and post-credits scenes, it’s worth a watch.

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Bryan Walters

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