‘Shazam!’ Review: The ‘Big Red’ Moment DC Extended Universe Needed
With Warner Brothers and Zach Snyder effectively killing all hype around the two biggest pop culture icons in the world in Superman and Batman, stabilizing the DCEU ship was always going to be a Herculean task. And who better than the original Captain Marvel to pull this off.
As Billy Batson screams ‘Shazam’ and turns into a superhero, you could feel that childlike enthusiasm in people who are watching the movie with you.
Right from the start, this origin story pokes fun at the tropes of the superhero genre. It takes a little time to set up this brand new universe but once Billy Batson reaches the Rock of Eternity, the plot kicks into overdrive.
The overarching story seems to be about Billy realising the importance of finding his ‘real’ family. Following the footsteps of Dom from the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise, Billy has been running away from his past and in the process, ruining his shot at living with a caring foster family.
The director, David Sandberg, seems to have learnt from the past mistakes of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movies. Every major plot point has been shot and edited to put an end to the abysmal run of the DCEU.
Portraying kids with superpowers leave a lot of room for it to look cringey. Zachary Levy somehow manages to perfectly play the role of a lovable, sincere but confused teenager who turns into the magic version of Superman.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been credited as the executive producer and if there’s one guy fans will want to see as Black Adam, it’s him.
This movie is made for kids and to be honest, that isn’t a bad thing. In fact, Shazam as a superhero was meant to be fulfill the wishes of a comic book nerd who wants to be a superhero and fight for what is right.
There is a mid-credit scene and a post credit one. The mid-credit scene is somewhat important for the ‘Shazam!’ sequel whereas the last one is a great sequence from the montage where Freddy is trying to help Billy figure out his powers.
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