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Monday, April 8, 2019

Sheep Movie Review: Shazam! (2019)

Shazam! (2019)
Directed By: David F. Sandberg
Written By: Henry Gayden
Apr 5, 2019

Cast: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong (II), Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word--SHAZAM!--this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart--inside a ripped, godlike body--Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Went to see Shazam! with my 17-year-old daughter. Neither of us was familiar with the canon story. But I did watch the TV series back in the 70s.

What an unfortunate decade for fashion...

We both loved Shazam! I've always been a fan of Zachary Levi and thought he made an adorkable Shazam. Mark Strong (II), Asher Angel, and Jack Dylan all carried their weight and were well cast.

I was surprised at the darker elements in the movie. The trailer is all about the comedy, but so bad things a head getting bitten off in the PG-13 way (think Venom). I liked the balance of dark drama vs comedy and think DC finally pulled it off.

I don't know how well it stuck to the canon origin story. It was predictable but well written.

If you love superhero movies will you love Shazam!?

Holly and I give it 4.25 "Magic Sheep Balls"


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