First of all, I am sorry if this review seems rushed. That is because it is, me being me I left it at the last minute to type this up so forgive any mistakes. Chances are I will edit it properly tonight.
Secondly, I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get sick of Superhero movies.
Admittedly it’s more Marvel movies I’m getting tired off since there are so many coming out almost constantly. I have stopped trying to catch up as it now feels like a chore, the last one I saw was Ant-Man and The Wasp.
However, as a fan of Captain Marvel or as he is known now Shazam and hearing the positive reviews I decided to go check out Shazam! with some pals.
Boy, did I make the right choice!
After his latest attempt to find his birth mum failed, Billy Batson is not only moved to a new foster home but is also is given powers by an ancient wizard, turning the young boy into a Superhero by calling out the wizard’s name.
This film is so much fun. The best way I can summerise Shazam! is think 12A Deadpool with kids and a lot of heart.
I know that sounds weird but hear me out.
Billy is a troubled street smart kid. At heart, he is a good person but is still a kid and has built a pretty sizable wall around himself. Needless to say, when bestowed these incredible powers he starts off using them for fun and to do what he couldn’t before.
He seeks out the help of his new foster brother Freddy, a superhero-obsessed kid, for advice with being a Superhero and the dynamic they build over the course of the movie is brilliant.
In fact, the foster kids are all amazing characters. The family that forms around Billy is not only believable but really sweet. I do wish they got a bit more screentime as most of the film is focused on Billy and Freddy which of course makes sense but I don’t think anyone would complain about more Darla.
As for the villain, I think he was a good villain. Irredeemable but still somewhat likeable in the way only old fashioned over the top villains’ can. I really liked the digs at the troupes, namely the “villain monologue” scene.
It is clear that Zachary Levi had a blast on set as he is a joy to watch and his passion is infectious. The certainly got the perfect actor for the role.
The film has an abundance of great jokes that both newcomers and longtime fans will love.
My only real complaints are the action scenes aren’t as good as they could have been and the that the pop culture references will date this movie a lot further down the line (why flossing, why?!) but that is it.
Overall, I highly recommend Shazam! and it is now my second favourite DC movie, Batman 1980 is the best and I will fight you on this. Check it out in cinemas as soon as possible!