The DC comic film Shazam! was released on April 5, 2019. Billie Batson (Asher Angel) has been through dozens of foster homes because he has been searching for his mother. At the latest home, he meets Freddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) a handicapped boy who becomes his friend. One day, while escaping some bullies the subway car he is on is transported to a mysterious cavern. There he meets a dying wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who gives him his powers by saying the wizard’s name, Shazam!
All of the actors, both kids and adults, did an excellent job. The story line kept me involved and there was plenty of self-deprecating humor directed at Shazam and other DC superheroes. There was even a funny physical parody on the giant keyboard from the film Big. Asher and Jack had good chemistry between them. Mark Strong portrayed Dr. Sivana who, as a boy was given a chance to get the wizard’s powers but failed.
The main difference between a Marvel film and a DC film is that Marvel tends to be darker in tone. Shazam is the type of film that children can enjoy and understand. Movies, however, based on comic books have almost been done to death, though. The writing can seem to be lazy. I give this 4 stars out of 5.
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