Movie review: Shazam!


David F.Sandberg (2019)

At first I was an avid enthusiast of comic book movies. Then came along the Marvel/DC war, the many (many) movies released over the years, the endless fan debates, a whole lot of things that could make me hate the genre entirely. It’s not the case, but I’m very picky now.

Bouncing from one foster home to the next, teenager Billy Batson is chosen by an ancient wizard Shazam as his new champion, inheriting his god-like powers. He is pursued by Thaddeus Sivana, who swore revenge on the wizard after being rejected when he was a child.

The Good: I like Zachary Levi, but that’s pretty much it, some rare moments managed to make me smile

The Bad: A total lack of ambition, ugly CG, too long (because it feels absolutely nothing happens), annoying characters, no emotional investment in Billy’s quest for family

One of the worst things is this unfathomably annoying trope in modern movies where people become lifelong friends / close family in about a day, without any on-screen moment that could convince the audience to believe it

My opinion: I can’t decide which is worse between this and Suicide Squad.
I am a big fan of Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC movies, started with Man of Steel. This one couldn’t be further from that.

It feels like a (bad) Christmas TV movie aimed at 8 year olds, with more budget. Did someone tell the writers they were making a superhero movie?

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