Tired of watching Oscar-worthy 3 hour movies, so for the first movie of 2020, I watched Shazam! a light action comic book movie. Shazam! is the seventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The preceding six DCEU films are:
Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Wonder Women (2017)
Justice League (2017)
Warner Bros. Pictures plans eight other DCEU films through 2022.
I enjoyed Shazam! but I would have enjoyed it more if I was a 15-year old boy. A 15-year old girl would also enjoy this movie since everyone gets empowered in this movie.
Shazam! took a while to get going since they had to make sure the kids viewing understood, he looks like a bad guy, but he is a good wizard, let me repeat that. But once it gets going, it is good wholesome fun. Lots of messages about friendship and family and the struggles of being who you are.
Shazam! represents all types of kids. There is a disabled kid, the smart girl, a big dumb quiet boy, a gamer geek, and the more mature teenage girl. There is an assortment of minor antagonistic types (bullies) who learn their lesson. And, of course, the stronger evil guy, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) who rules a team of demons – The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man (pride, envy, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, & sloth) – who wants to take everything away from Shazam.
Shazam, the superhero, has the power to transform himself from a 15-year old boy to a full-grown man. Although his brain remains the brain of a 15-year old boy.
When not a superhero, he is a foster kid, Billy Batson (Asher Angel), in current-day Philadelphia. When Billy Batson transforms into the superhero Shazam, he becomes Zachery Levi (the doctor Midge Maisel met in the Poconos in season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Zachery Levi does a fine job acting like a 15-year old, causing that frustration you feel when you try to reason with a 15-year old (this comment is for all the parents out there).
Half the fun of this movie is watching Shazam figure out his powers so I won’t say a word.
Shazam! is a comic book superhero movie that is an enjoyable watch for the whole family and could make a 15—year old get goosebumps, that’s a weird way to say – feel empowered.