Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 8:22 PM EDT Apr 3, 2019 The superhero movie gets the "Big" treatment in "Shazam!" a fresh, fun addition to the DC Comics universe, a cinematic realm in desperate need of both fresh and fun. Zachary Levi (TV's "Chuck") is the titular superhero, but that's really simplifying matters. Shazam is really the buff, grown-up altar ego of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a 14-year-old foster kid. He's granted superpowers after coming across a staff-wielding wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who grants him the gift of flight, super-strength, the ability to shoot lightning bolts out of his hands and a handful of other powers that he slowly discovers with the aid of his foster brother, Freddy ("It's" Jack Dylan Grazer). All Billy has to do is say "Shazam!" and he makes the transformation. "Shazam!" has a breezy comic vibe and a wide-eyed sense of adventure that's in touch with the childlike wonder of what it would be like to wake up … [Read more...] about Review: Shock of fun runs through ‘Shazam!’
Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv Move over, Marvel. We’ve got a hilarious new superhero in town. I didn’t know much of the backstory of the Captain Marvel Shazam character before watching Shazam!, the new DCU movie by David F. Sandberg. I did watch the old cartoon with the Marvel family,and was deep into the old Justice League International series by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. The Superman-Captain Marvel fight in Mark Waid/Alex Ross' Kingdom Come is an all-timer. No matter though, "Shazam!" is a movie that works well even without any knowledge of Captain Marvel Shazam’s backstory. With a few minor quibbles, "Shazam!" is, hands down, the funniest superhero movie in the DC stable, unafraid to poke fun at its own universe, and shows that Marvel isn’t the only game in town. After the screening, the enthusiastic crowd gave it the loudest applause I’ve ever heard for a DC movie. It was certainly well deserved. A big part of … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Shazam!’ is DC’s funniest movie, but is it too scary for kids?
SINCE Marvel Comics launched its ever-expanding cinematic universe with the muscular blockbuster Iron Man, rival DC Comics has largely played catch-up. Were it not for Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning Dark Knight trilogy and Gal Gadot's gravity-defying acrobatics as Wonder Woman, a stable of superheroes including Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg could have flatlined past the point of reinvention.David F Sandberg's hugely entertaining romp marks a welcome shift in tone for the DC Comics brand, swaggering away from dark, brooding seriousness into the irreverent territory of Deadpool, albeit with family-friendly humour and a nostalgia for body swap fantasies including Big.Scripted with tongue wedged in cheek by Henry Gayden, Shazam! plays to the strength of leading man Zachary Levi, who channels the naivete and nervous energy of a 14-year-old boy trapped inside the hulking frame of a spandex-clad saviour of the universe who initially goes by the moniker Captain … [Read more...] about Film review: Shazam! an entertaining romp that marks a shift in tone for DC Comics
Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 5:00 pm CDT, Saturday, March 23, 2019 Warner Bros. "Shazam!" is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year. The movie is fueled by its great young cast and hilarious script. It opens in theaters April 5. “Why couldn’t that movie have been more fun?” You might have said that about some past superhero movies that have hit theaters. But you won’t be saying it about “Shazam!” Warner Bros.’ latest DC Comics adaptation (which opens in theaters April 5) looks at the teen boy who turns into an adult superhero with Superman-like abilities when he says the magic word, “Shazam.” And with a tone that’s a mix of coming-of-age classics like “Big” and “The Goonies,” you should get ready for a fun time. Both “Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg and star Zachary Levi (Shazam) had a lot to prove taking on the project. Known for … [Read more...] about ‘Shazam!’ is an irresistibly fun mix of ‘Big,’ ‘The Goonies,’ and a superhero movie
For decades, Center City's likeness of William Penn stood above every building in Philadelphia, perched atop City Hall like a guiding light. In this year’s superhero movies, “Shazam!”, which was filmed in Philadelphia, the legendary statue gets blown to bits. A new trailer, cut for the Chinese movie market, was released Wednesday featuring some not-yet-seen footage from the film, which stars Zachary Levi and Asher Angel and opens in theaters April 5. At the 0:52 mark of the trailer, Levi’s character Billy Batson — who is also the titular superhero, Shazam — is in a heated battle with someone who appears to be the film’s bad guy. The cinematic aerial shot shows the two battling, with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway behind them, soaring over the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, and eventually taking out the legendary statue atop City Hall: The trailer features plenty of other Philly backgrounds and items, like the city’s skyline, … [Read more...] about City Hall’s William Penn statue gets obliterated in new ‘Shazam!’ trailer