Like a bolt of lightning from the heavens, Shazam! brings much needed light — and electricity — to the DC Extended Universe.
Ever since Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013 the franchise has been somber and dark as hell – with every scene seeming to take place on a dreary afternoon in Seattle. Lost was the awe and primary colors of such early superhero flicks as Superman: The Movie or Batman.
Shazam! ditches Zack Snyder’s doom and gloom and replaces it with a child’s sense of wonder and good old-fashioned humor. In fact, Shazam! is up there with Deadpool and Thor: Ragnarok as one of the funniest superhero movies of all time.
The story follows foster kid Billy Batson, who has a knack for getting into trouble as he searches for his mother. Along the way, he’s finds himself at the Rock of Eternity, where an old wizard gives the teen the power to transform into the adult hero Shazam. And just in time, because Dr. Thaddeus Sivan has become a vessel of the Seven Deadly Sins and he’s got a huge chip on his shoulder. The plot from there is pretty simple superhero stuff with Sivan and Shazam clashing until the final confrontation.
Zachary Levi is pitch perfect as Shazam, while Jack Dylan Grazer as his sidekick steals the movie, just as he did in IT.
My one gripe is that Mark Strong’s Sivan was pretty one note. He’s basically just an evil good and that’s all you need to know.
Still, Shazam! gets my highest praise. It was so good I thought it was a Marvel movie.