Movie Review: ‘Shazam’

April 24, 2019 at 6:35 am | Posted in DC Entertainment, Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

It took me a while, but I finally went to see Shazam!. I’m glad I caught it while it was still in the theater because this movie was fun. A lot of fun. The story was great, the characters were great, the villain was portrayed excellently by Mark Strong and they even did a fantastic job with the monster designs. It was a solid movie all around and it had me wondering, “when was the last time I saw a super hero movie this good?”

Of course, there are no shortage of super hero movies these days. With Marvel and DC both cranking out comic book films, and other non-affiliated films joining in, there is hardly a season of the year where there isn’t one on the screen. Shazam‘s direct competition was Captain Marvel. While Marvel won that one in terms of box office money, I’d easily say Shazam! was a better movie. The writing and flow of the story was just plain better. I also enjoyed it a lot more than Aquaman or Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s certainly not going to approach something like Avengers: Endgame, but that’s not expected.

DC has said that they feel each of their heroes has their own theme/feel/genre, so Shazam! is not a shift toward more lighthearted movies, but one has to wonder if that’s what they really need to do. Dark, grim and gritty may have it’s place, but it’s not something people can watch a lot of. You need some humor to go along with the drama, and sometimes you just want to go to the movies and have fun. That’s what Shazam! delivers – fun. And it’s so well done that the movie ends and you’re left wondering how soon they’ll make a sequel.

For those wanting a bit more info, Shazam! is an origin story for the character. It shows how he gets his powers, how he learns to use them, and it shows the origin of his arch-nemesis played by Mark Strong. There’s laughs, there’s action, there’s drama and emotion, it strikes a bit of everything to tell a good, well rounded story that makes you feel for the characters. On top of all that, it does a great job of creating a villain that can go toe-to-toe with the super hero but who isn’t a carbon copy. They bring in the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, and there’s a cameo of another main villain from the Shazam comics. The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, ie. the seven deadly sins, are all great monster-creature designs that add a horrific element to the film. When they align with Mark Strong’s character, they provide a fearsome foe for Shazam.

The movie packs in some surprises and good turns which keeps the story interesting all the way to the end. And there are end credit scenes. There’s a mid credit scene, and a bonus scene at the very end, all are worth catching as they hint at where the characters could go in the future. While Avengers: Endgame is at our doorstep, and is set to be one of the epic cinematic events of the century, don’t let it overshadow your desire to go see a fun film like Shazam. It’s worth it. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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