Shazam! (2019)

Director : David Sandberg

Stars : Zachary Levi (Shazam), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Mark Strong (Dr. Sivana)

Genre : Action, Comedy

Entertainment: ❤ ❤ ❤

Shazam! was definitely a fun movie to watch.

The audience follows the story of Billy Batson, a boy who was given super powers including flight, super-strength, and laser fingers, amongst other things. All he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam.

I was pleased with the humor, the dialogues and the overall optimistic feel of the movie. It could’ve easily taken a cringey turn, but thanks to the hard work put into the script and acting, it didn’t. Some parts were definitely cliché though: at one point, for instance, the typical argument between friends emerged, just to speckle a bit of unnecessary drama towards the end of the movie.

I didn’t give much importance to the plot, however. To be perfectly honest, I went to see this movie because I wanted to witness Zachary Levi not as clumsy Chuck Bartowsky (cf. Chuck) who jumps at the sight of a butter knife, but as a fully buffed up super hero. I wasn’t disappointed; Levi was as entertaining as always! Jack Dylan Grazer was also great in his role. I was glad to see him on the big screen after IT; he clearly has a lot of potential in the film industry.

Now comes the difficult question. Would I recommend this movie?

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s not an easy question to answer. I grew up watching the series Chuck, starring Zachary Levi, so my opinion is obviously a bit biased on Shazam!. I spoke with my friends about the film and they didn’t find it particularly great. To them, it was just another action movie: nothing more, nothing less.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for two hours of fun; particularly to viewers aged less than 15 years old, which I believe was the targeted audience for this movie.

Style : ★ ★

Shazam! was certainly entertaining but not exactly innovative in terms of style. The cinematography and special effects were good. The music wasn’t bad. Except for the inspiring comic-like end credits, the movie perhaps lacked a bit of originality overall.

***

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