Written by Ollie C. & Josh P.
Overall Average Rating: 8/10
This review remains wholly spoiler free, however read at your own discretion.
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Personal Rating: 7.5/10
After seeing Shazam! twice now, once on opening night and again on the day of writing, I'm pretty certain on my thoughts surrounding the Warner Bros' latest installment into the DCEU. David F. Sandberg brings his take on the boy turned superhero 'Shazam' and it's fair to say, overall he hit the mark. However, Shazam is by no means a perfect film- especially coming off the back of the slam-dunk that was Aquaman and the throughly enjoyable (other) Captain Marvel. Shazam! has its great moments, with the banter between Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer and Asher Angel all being fantastic. However there are issues to be had with this movie.
Shazam! is tonally all over the place. One minute it is incredibly kid friendly with flossing and pee-jokes, the next people are crumbling into piles of ash and being thrown out of windows. With David F. Sandberg originally being a horror director, its clear that is the sand pit he feels most comfortable playing in, as the latter scenes are easily the best scenes of the movie. However, of course, it must be recognised that this film is aimed at a considerably younger audience than usual, and thus the bulk of the movie is light, fluffy and rather colloquial, but Sandberg (if the rumours of a sequel are to be believed) needs to find the balance between happy-go-lucky and horror.
Despite this, overall the film is fun, easy to watch and relatively straightforward, all the cast members give it there all; in particular Mark Strong who (pardon the pun) gives a strong performance as Dr Sivana, who easily has the best scenes of the film.
For what it is, Shazam is a fun ride despite being slightly forgettable in parts. It has the potential to grow into a very exciting brand for DC and could lead to some electrifying moments between our favourite heroes such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Personal Rating: 8.5/10
This movie is definitely worth seeing, so if you haven't seen it yet go now, I instruct you. This movie has an almost perfect feel to it for the type of character Shazam is. Director David F. Sandberg aims for a family feeling movie and gets it right in most places but misses the marks in others. The lighthearted tone is done well for the most part, however there are some places where the movie feels to much like a kids film which will definitely put some audience off. There is also a horror vibe for whenever the villain shows up and it is done perfectly, however it sometimes feels out of place in this type of movie as there are some scenes which feel to much like an R rated film. The story is self contained and played rather safe which is exactly what a brand new character what Shazam needed for the general audiences to get to know him, as the movie wouldn't have worked if it was on such a large scale like Aquaman or Wonder Woman.
Zachary Levi was brilliant in the role of Shazam. He fits perfectly into the role, and makes you genuinely believe that he is playing a kid in an adults body, as he is so enthusiastic. Both, Zachary Levi and Asher Angel had great chemistry with Jack Dylan Grazer which made the transition between Asher and Zach more believable. Mark Strong does a great job as Dr. Sivana as he is really imposing and creates some of the best scenes.
Overall, there is a lot of heart in this movie. It is very fun and lighthearted to watch and definitely a strong entry into the DCEU, which seems to finally be finding its feet.
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