We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!
Remember all those time you thought about the things you could be doing other than your homework? Imagine that one day you were given the choice to either obtain some incredible superpowers or write an essay on how the pressures of societal expectation influenced someone to strap a toilet paper holder to his head and call it the hay fever headset. In the film Shazam, directed by David F. Sandberg, the young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) gets to live out all the dreams a teenager could have in an adult superhero version of himself and not write that essay.
The film begins with a young Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, the main protagonist, getting teased by his older brother and father during a quick trip to see his grandfather. He suddenly gets transported to a magical lair by a wizard named Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) looking for a successor with a pure heart to act as a warden over the imprisoned seven deadly sins. Instead of panicking at the demon statues and showing concern for whereabouts of his family like a normal child, Thaddeus agrees to a test which he then and gets banished from the lair. Enraged by the outcome, Thaddeus dedicates the rest of his life to searching for a way back to obtain the power that was kind of semi conditionally promised to him. But kids can be fairly selfish, so a lifelong obsession with gaining power is completely understandable.
From there we cut to the main protagonist of the story – Billy Batson – a foster kid that has a knack for trouble and has made it his life’s goal to find his long lost mother. Unsuccessful so far in his endeavors, he is in a perpetual state of switching foster parents due to the consistent rate of trouble he gets in. I mean, his introduction was him tricking the police to entering an empty pawnshop, locking them in behind the gate, and after using the mobile police computer in the car he steals the police officer’s lunch. What kind of fiend would steal someone’s lunch? From there, he enters a new foster home with the lovable Rosa (Marta Milans) and Victor Vasquez (Cooper Andrews) and their loving foster family. It is also where he meets his best friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), a crippled kid with an incredibly wicked sense of humor and overall superhero geek.
After a run in the school bullies and defending his new best friend, Billy gets transported to the wizard via the subway where he obtains the powers of Shazam. Billy is unable to cope with his new body and powers, so he turns to the only person that he can trust in this situation; Freddy. Together they undergo the kind of crazy self-created tests and shenanigans that only teenagers with superpowers could think up, such as blowing up homework with lightning or using Billy’s new adult superman-esque adult body buy beer.
The story alone is fairly compelling, but there were certain elements to it that were a bit forced. For example, the main theme of the film was family and how important the idea of family is. While there is nothing wrong with that message, I’m sure there is a better way to get the message across than have someone blatantly referencing family in some form or another in one out of every three scenes. But that may just be me being nitpicky. Regardless, this film has made its way into my favorites list because the movie was so entertaining and full of laughs that it made me not care about what faults were there. I was entertained, I laughed, and I had a good time. And in my book that’s a successful film. In addition, it gives me a bit of hope for DC films again. 9 out of 10 for me.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Starring: Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews
Director: David F. Sandberg
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action / Comedy / Adventure / Fantasy
Runtime: 132 minutes
Official Website: www.shazammovie.com/
Official Social Media Pages:
IMDB Page: @ShazamMovie
Wiki Link: @Shazamfilm
Eddieson Burkhalter | Writing Contributor
B.A | Japanese | San Diego State Univ.
My name is Eddieson. I’m an open-minded dreamer that likes to look for new opportunities, experiences, and challenges in life to make things a bit more interesting. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Japanese degree and minor in Business, I landed an office job in Shinjuku, Japan where I dealt with online marketing matters as well as content creation. Though I come from an international business background I could never escape the alluring call of an emotionally manipulating story, regardless of the medium, that could turn the toughest bodybuilder into a two-year-old child watching The Muppets and eating “pig newtons”. So long as the story is well done it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s presented as a comic, video game, anime, book, movie, or even an interpretive dance with bananas and jello. After some intense independent study, I have not only been more than inspired to join the industry but brought to a point where I wonder why I gave up pursuing this stuff in college and turned to a course of pulling my hair out before each exam. Regardless, I love stories and hope to be presented with the opportunity to tell my own; most likely through writing. With a fire in my heart and goals set I am actively gaining skills each day to hopefully one day help others in their endeavors as well as achieve my own dreams. |Instagram @BlaEddieBla| View My Articles
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