When I first saw the commercial for Shazam, I knew that would be a movie my husband and son would want to watch. After all, they are both big super hero fans and never miss a film. I, on the other hand, knew I would be open to watching it but had my doubts on how good it would be given the track record of some of the other DC films. Thankfully, Shazam! was a great movie!
Of course the 2 men in my life loved it but I did as well. In fact, my daughter loved it and she does not like super hero movies. In fact, it is now her favorite movie (which is a pretty big deal given the fact that she pretty much hates super hero films). Shazam! is a feel good movie that will give you the feels and make you laugh.
Not only was I engaged in the story line, I was drawn to the characters of the movie. I especially love how Frederick “Freddy” Freeman’s character has his own issues to contend with yet he has a positive attitude about it all…reinforcing the fact that life is what you make of it.
So is it good for younger kids? While there were some words that I would consider to be inappropriate for younger kids, my son (who’s in elementary school) and my daughter (a middle school student) reminded me that they have heard much worse at school but I wanted to give you a heads up anyways. I want to add that if your kiddos are squeamish, some of the “death”/”fight” scenes are intense so be mindful of that.
The highlight of the night, in addition to having just seen a really awesome movie, was having the film be introduced by some of its cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer.
This movie has a lot of heart. It redefines the family dynamic and reminds us that your family is so much more than blood relatives. It is made up of people who love you, support you and have your back no matter what. We loved Shazam! and know we will be watching it again.
Shazam! is officially in theaters.
David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, and Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson. Peter Safran (“Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) produced the film.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (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).
“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, and Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard. The cast also includes Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”), Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”), Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”), Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0”), Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) and Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”).
Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke, based on characters from DC. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Jeffrey Chernov, Christopher Godsick, Walter Hamada, Geoff Johns, Adam Schlagman, Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Dwayne Johnson served as executive producers.
Sandberg’s creative team included his “Annabelle: Creation” director of photography Maxime Alexandre, production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller and costume designer Leah Butler. The music is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Blade Runner 2049,” “IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”).
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