By Kelly Vasquez
It’s no secret that DC has had trouble with its films over the past few years, especially with their competitor, Marvel.
“Shazam!” changes that same old formula and delivers a refreshing movie filled with light-hearted laughs and charm that is perfect for the whole family.
The film opens with the old wizard Shazam who is looking for someone to replace him and guard the earth from the monsters known as the seven deadly sins.
The catch is he needs to find someone who is pure at heart, which proves to be quite difficult. We then meet 15 year old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a foster child searching for his long-lost mother.
After running away from several foster homes, he’s forced to move in with a new foster family filled with diverse and innocent children.
The wizard Shazam has Billy reluctantly take on the role of Champion to protect the world as a last resort because of a new threat.
By saying “Shazam,” Billy is able to turn into a super strong, flying, lightning-zapping and much older superhero (Zachary Levi).
This delights his new foster brother, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), who is witty and obsessed with superheroes. Together, he and Billy discover Shazam’s powers and learn valuable lessons.
The actors are all incredible in the film and absolutely delightful. Asher Angel plays the role of rebellious teenager Billy perfectly. He plays well with the other kid actors in this film especially his new best friend Freddy.
Grazzer is magnificent as the disabled foster kid nerd. He is perfectly sarcastic while also showing how much of an innocent kid he is. The other foster children, Darla (Faithe Herman), Mary (Grace Fulton), Eugene (Ian Chen), and Pedro (Jovan Armand) are all equally as amazing. The children all interact so well with each other that you can’t help but root for them all. The main star of the film was definitely Levi.
Not only did he look the part of a buff superhero, but he equally had the boyish charm that went with playing a 15 year old. He captures the giddiness of a teenage boy discovering he has super powers for the first time.
He also connects well with Grazer when they are together on screen. The villain, Thaddeus Sivana, played by Mark Strong is wonderfully evil. He is corrupt and filled with vengeance.
The story is just like your typical origin superhero film, except it isn’t.
Instead of trying to build itself up into a much grander and bigger universe, like past DC films, it gives us a great stand alone film introducing us to fun characters.
It’s a nice change of pace and restorative to the DC film franchise.
The story is sweet and enthralling. The audience is immersed into the world of these foster kids that are all trying to be apart of a family. It’s heartfelt and delivers hilarious laughs.
Even when the plot is tugging at your heart strings, it also tickles your funny bone.
This film gives moviegoers hope for future DC films.
It’s an excellent ode to past superhero films, but paves the way for new ones. It’s an enjoyable film that leaves viewers finding their inner child as they leave the theater.