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  • Shazaam was directed by David F Sandberg
  • and is about a young boy named Billy
  • Batson he's a foster kid he's very
  • streetwise he's had a tough life and
  • when he has an encounter with a magical
  • wizard he gains the ability to transform
  • into an adult superhero when he says the
  • word Shazam I was looking forward this
  • movie for a few reasons for one the DC
  • EU has been really great lately
  • I loved Wonder Woman I really liked
  • Aquaman and I also am a big fan of David
  • F Sandberg who directed lights out and
  • Annabel creation I like what he's done
  • with a horror genre so I was excited to
  • see what he could do in a superhero film
  • and I'm also a fan of the 1988 film big
  • starring Tom Hanks and this looked like
  • a superhero version of that and so
  • naturally that enticed me and Shazam is
  • a really good time it's a very funny
  • movie it's it's much more of a comedy
  • than I expected it to be actually
  • because I'm not like super well-versed
  • with the character and with the
  • backstory but I knew enough going in
  • plus the trailers gave me the obvious
  • vibe that this was a very light-hearted
  • film that didn't take itself too
  • seriously
  • so it's really coming out of the perfect
  • time in our admittedly oversaturated
  • superhero market with endgame coming out
  • which is bound to be a very serious film
  • it's nice to have a movie that you can
  • sit back and just laugh and have a good
  • time watching Zachary Levi is fantastic
  • as the adult version of Billy Batson he
  • really embodied the spirit of a child
  • that's never had anything good happened
  • to him in his entire life who suddenly
  • has this amazing experience and
  • opportunity to accomplish things that he
  • never expected he'd be able to do before
  • and all of the scenes with Zachary Levi
  • are easily the best parts of the film
  • he's excellent in the film as is Jack
  • Dillon grazier who plays Freddie Freeman
  • his roommate at a foster home he
  • provides a lot of the comedy in the film
  • and where this could be a major risk
  • because he is a younger actor and so
  • much of him being so loud and so
  • boisterous that could get annoying
  • gratefully it doesn't I think they
  • struck a really good balance with the
  • interplay between those characters but
  • let's talk about that foster home for a
  • second because for me that's the heart
  • and soul of the movie and that's
  • probably my favorite aspect of the movie
  • the parents were excellent namely Cooper
  • Andrews who felt like he was the warmest
  • soul on the planet he was just so
  • energetic and so likeable Billy hasn't
  • had a easy
  • time in life he got separated from his
  • mom when he was young and never found
  • her again and now he's older and he's
  • still looking for her he's gone from
  • foster home to foster home in an early
  • scene we learned that he's searching for
  • her in a very complex and convoluted way
  • that gets him in trouble with the law
  • that could be just because he's a stupid
  • kid and he's making dumb choices or
  • because the writers wanted an
  • entertaining scene versus a more normal
  • way of searching for someone in our
  • modern day but nevertheless he ends up
  • at this foster home with a bunch of
  • other kids and that right there is the
  • best aspect of the movie I think that's
  • the emotional heart and soul of the
  • movie and most of those sequences I
  • thought were handled really well and
  • that added something to the film that I
  • think if it wasn't there
  • the rest of the movie would not be
  • nearly as impactful as it is this is
  • definitely taking a more old-school
  • approach with superhero films it feels
  • more like the type of movie that may
  • have come out in the 70s or early 80s
  • after Christopher Reeves excellent first
  • Superman film from Richard Donner it
  • feels more akin to that spirits there's
  • a sense of buoyancy to the movie where
  • it just feels like it's very light and
  • you could use the word disposable and
  • and some might use that word but I don't
  • think in the case of Shazam that's
  • necessarily an insult it just feels like
  • a breath of fresh air amongst a lot of
  • really heavy superhero films that we've
  • been experiencing lately I do have
  • issues with the movie though and most of
  • them surround Mark Strong villain
  • Satya sivanna this is someone who does
  • have a backstory they set him up fairly
  • well but then there's this huge gap
  • between when we last saw him and when we
  • see him now and so much has happened to
  • him during this period and were expected
  • to basically believe that from childhood
  • to now he has had the exact same grudge
  • from the exact same thing and has spent
  • his entire life being bitter about it
  • and his introduction as an adult is in
  • this facility where they're doing
  • research about this phenomena that's
  • spreading people are talking about this
  • this magical wizardry thing that they're
  • all experiencing and he's trying to
  • understand what's happening so that he
  • can hopefully experience it too and it
  • is one of the most hokey scenes
  • that I have laid eyes on in a superhero
  • movie recently now a lot of the movie is
  • very cheesy purposely and so it is
  • entirely possible that they were
  • genuinely going for camp if that's what
  • they were doing they succeeded but the
  • fact that it's a little unclear and
  • especially the musical score I think is
  • an issue here because the music tells us
  • in scenes like this that it's supposed
  • to be a serious moment rather than
  • letting us ease in to what really is a
  • very campy scene with scientists looking
  • over these like videos of people saying
  • they encountered a wizard and it's
  • like this is camp the musical score
  • didn't always let us know that and it
  • kind of messed with the tone because we
  • also have scenes where Billy Batson is
  • looking for his mom and it's sad and you
  • feel bad for him the tonal shifts
  • between drama and extreme comedy don't
  • always work in this film some of this
  • can be forgiven though because in many
  • ways the film is very self-aware and
  • very satirical of the superhero genre
  • and you can even look at that scene I
  • just mentioned and say they're poking
  • fun of the superhero genre but again the
  • way it's filmed the musical score it's
  • it's not as clear I think as it could be
  • you know it almost feels like they
  • really mean those scenes but there are
  • other scenes that are just hilarious
  • there's a great scene won't spoil it
  • involving two characters that are very
  • far away and it was funny but the film
  • is so knowingly self-aware of what it is
  • to the point where there's even a direct
  • reference to big in the movie and I feel
  • like when you have scenes like that
  • thrown in with some of these more campy
  • scenes that didn't work for me and
  • admittedly a very weak villain I thought
  • the overall movie we got is saved by
  • Zachary Levi's charismatic performance
  • as well as Jack Dillon grazier and a
  • great foster home story that really
  • gives the movie an emotional weight that
  • it would not have had without it I'm
  • gonna give Shazam a B guys thank you so
  • much as always for watching look forward
  • to more reviews very soon and if you
  • like this you can click right here and
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Chris Stuckmann reviews Shazam!, starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans. Directed by David F. Sandberg.

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