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Opening on April 5 by courtesy of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, Shazam is a thunderous triumph as a family melodrama, a kid-friendly fantasy thriller and, yes, a superhero movie, director David F. Sandberg and the Author Henry Gayden (with a story credit assistant by Darren Lemke) has created a wonderful adventure fantasy that would make any cinematic universe proud.A producer of Sandberg's Lights Out once told me that this is part the development was process, she wrote a draft of the screenplay without horror elements to make sure it works as a human drama.This is true or not, it feels accurate (Lights Out works as drama and sc horror film) and I would not be shocked if Shaza also affected the same thing .
The latest film from DC Films (which absolutely exists in the same continuity as Batman v Superman and Aquaman ) is about a young boy, the incredible superpowers who, when he says the magic word, turns him into an "adult" superhero. It's packed action, good-natured self-satire and child-friendly suspense. It's also a drama about a tortured foster-child who is good and (relatively) raw enough that I would compare it to Instant Family, Antwone Fisher and Meet the Robinsons ]. It's an extremely realistic family melodrama and a comic strip second. It is thus a triumph for those who are not interested in the action-fantasy elements of super-action. Shazam is just a damn good movie.
Billy Batson's trauma occurred when, at the age of four, he lost his mother (literally and permanently) in an amusement park in an amusement park. Since his mother inexplicably never came back for him, Billy (Asher Angel) has returned from nursing home to nursing home, obsessed with finding his birthing mother. We enter his story just before he is put into a group of "last resort". By the way, the foster parents (Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews) and the co-children (Grace Fulton Jovan Armand Jack Dylan Grazer ) Ian Chen and Faithe Herman) are one like that delightful group of kind / decent people that I would have enjoyed a whole movie when doing family things.
After stepping up to protect the new foster brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) from schoolbullys, Billy is magically transported to a cave where he is called by a magician (a refreshing damming Djimon Hounsou) Protector is anointed. Billy may not be of a pure heart, but if Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) is equipped with ancient evil forces, desperate times require drastic measures. Now Billy just has to say the magic word ("Shazam!") And transforms into an oversized and overly muscular superhero (a perfectly occupied Zachary Levi) . It's a good thing that Freddy (a disabled child, a great superhero geek), "Shazam" can help figure out how to use his new powers.
We open with two important flashbacks, in which young children (the young Billy and a young Thaddeus) have visited an unthinkable trauma and set the tone, which is absolutely a New Line Cinema release. Shazam feels like a stereotypical Amblin film of generations due to its comparatively modest budget of $ 90 million . It also recalls that the "classic" child-friendly fantasies of our youth were often a little scary, a little violent and just "too much" for the target audience. Yes, the movie scared my eleven-year-olds and my seven-year-olds in the officially scary parts, but they still loved it. This movie gets its PG-1
Despite numerous giggles the first act is as grim and grounded as needed to set the stage. The second act is when we get what we paid to see Billy transform into Shazam and Freddy helps his friend become the best superhero he can theoretically be. The third act is a bit action-heavy. He's got lots of clever bits and pieces, character-driven plotting, and at least a story twist that I claim is the best superhero plot twist since Iron Man 3 [I] tore his fake Mandarin stunt I've seen some critics who betrayed it, but you will not hear a word from me.
Like Sam Raimi's (still great) first Spider-Man -slave Shazam is light on his feet and pleasingly pleasing, yet dark and sad. It's fun and fun, but it respects its grim themes and never sells its drama because of genre tropics. Like Aquaman it feels like offering "everything but the kitchen sink". In this case, it offers the audience first-class character dramas, heartbreaking and heartwarming storylines, authentic amusing dialogues and appropriately tailored superhero action and old-school horror of the man who Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out staged. If you have your favorite pastime on Green Lantern the same amount of time you gave Peter Sarsgaard's monstrous super villains, then that too.
Billy copes with problems with his mother's job (Caroline Palmer), while Thaddeus never overcame his father's rejection. It is actually Billy who gives the whole thing: "We are not so different, you and me!" Speech. Yes, this continues the relative pattern of superheroes of DC Films dealing with mommy issues, in contrast to the MCU's "Father's Sins." Billy's foster family is so adorable that you want to spend more time with them. As with Big Hero 6 the young, not super-driven supporting actor is almost too good for a movie that finally treads the expected heroic path. Oh, and a thousand kudos because they did not turn Fulton's Mary Bromfield into a love interest and / or a third-act girl.
It is said that Shazam is directed by a horror film maker and written by two men known for writing or co-writing child-friendly fantasies such as Earth to Echo and Goosebumps . In other words, WB hired dedicated filmmakers who were known for the genres they tried to emulate, ending up with the real article. It contains pieces by Penny Marshall's Big (including a self-assured tribute with a hilarious reward), Richard Thunder's Superman Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy (in relation to abandoned / damaged souls who learn to give and receive love), plus the kind of "holy crap, this part was scary!" Thrill similar to the first Gremlins or The Dark Crystal .
Thanks to Shazam DC Films can now argue that their solo superhero films are more likely than high-quality popcorn conversations. Wonder Woman was great, Aquaman was a terrific gonzo-banana fantasy fun and now Shazam is a shockingly moving melodrama. Say what you want Man of Steel but the movie by Zack Snyder Superman was not a badly made movie. In addition, all seven DC Films films are essentially unique in their own right (a first contact story / Exodus parable, a WWI drama, a superhero superhero opera, Lord of the Rings / Star Wars fantasy, a cartoon matchup on Saturday morning etc). God help me, I'm actually looking forward to Joker .
Most importantly, Zachary Levi and Asher Angel have offered an extremely charming version of Shazam that works with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoas. Aquaman Shazam ends his story in a convenient location, where people will definitely be excited about a sequel. If WB continues like this, they might end up as a real killer lineup of superfriends that we actually want to interact with in another Justice League (especially if they are wise and go to the Legion of Doom) Superfriends (Route). For the first time, the theoretical battle between DC Films and the MCU feels like a fair fight. Shazam is just as good.
">  Zachary Levi, Grace Fulton, Jovan Armand, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ian Chen and Faithe Herman in "Shazam"