LH Movie Review: Shazam!


Lindy Rublaitus, A&E Editor

Marvel Studios has been taking over the box office recently with movies such as “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Black Panther.” DC, on the other hand, has been releasing less than that with movies like “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.” In short, DC has lost some of its fuel. Its most recent release “Shazam!” reached $300 million around the world in box offices. DC seems to not be challenging the soon-to-be released “Avengers: Endgame” but is just making sure it doesn’t lose its buzz.

“Shazam!” is about a foster child named Billy Batson who somehow takes on the form of a superhero when calling out the name Shazam as a part of a promise to continue the legacy of a wizard. He and his foster brother, Freddy, make Billy’s superhero alter ego into an online sensation, ultimately leading the classic super villain into their path.

No, this movie is not DC’s take on a Deadpool-type comic character. That is what I had in mind going into the theater; a comical, witty superhero who doesn’t fit the standards of classic heroes such as Superman. Deadpool is more of a smart, witty character whereas Shazam is, as he mentions multiple times in the movie, just a kid. Billy Batson is doing exactly what a kid would do when he changes into a superhero, which is goof around and use his powers for whatever he wants.

If Billy wouldn’t have had his foster brother, who is the superhero brains of the operation, around, Shazam would be a child still. He wouldn’t have been able to figure out literally anything regarding his powers and skills. I am personally a big underdog supporter when it comes to entertainment, so I was thrilled to see a little boy with a limp get a major role in defeating a supervillain.

“Shazam!” isn’t the slowest movie I’ve seen, but things build up and go back to normal at a rapid pace. The antagonist will show up for a couple of minutes and then go away for five minutes while Zachary Levi, who plays the superhero form of Shazam, shoots lightning bolts out of his hands to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger.” It seems like you could be given the information that there’s a kid with superpowers and doesn’t know how to use them and a bad guy with those same powers who knows exactly how to use them and be fine with watching the last 30 minutes of the movie.

This was definitely a family-oriented superhero movie, disregarding the swearing Santa on the news reel. It focuses on the bonds of a foster family and where you can find true love and support. You could make another movie with the same plot by taking out the superhero element that would be a box-office hit in the drama area.

Nothing about this movie was bad, but with all the hype of the new Avengers movie it doesn’t live up to what people would expect. It’s so light-hearted and funny compared to what is coming on April 25. I do like the fact that DC is still putting movies out there and making things for anyone, whereas Marvel is taking very dramatic ideas and cramming them into three-hour-long movies. I’d recommend this movie to anyone who needs a funny movie, not so much an intense superhero movie.