Shazam!: A Review

Shazam! is the most recent addition to the DC Extended Universe.


Grace Clay, Editor

As always, readers, a spoiler alert must be put in place for the story below.

Shazam! is the latest addition to the DCEU.

I’ll start off, like normal, with a basic rundown of the plot. Here it is: Shazam is a story about family and finding a place in the world. A 15 year old named Billy (played by the adorable Asher Angel) is bounced from foster home to foster home over the course of his life. At first, he doesn’t think this new group home will work out but at school he sees his crippled roommate, Freddy (played by curly haired Jack Dylan Grazer), get the crap beat out of him. So Billy beats the crap out of them but they don’t like that and chase him to the subway. There, an old wizard guy turns Billy into an adult superhero (played by the workout supplement making Zachary Levi) by making Billy touch his wooden staff and say his name (Shazam). After Billy returns to his home, Freddy helps him learn how to be a superhero. They have a fight, a supervillain with the Seven Deadly Sins shows up (played by that one guy in the 2011 Green Lantern Mark Strong), and then they have to become a family.

I really liked this movie. I thought it was hilarious but I was the only one who was laughing during some parts so maybe my sense of humor is kind of warped. I also thought the script was pretty well written, from what I could tell, anyway. The all around mechanics were well done, like the special effects, sound effects, visual effects, all other effects were awesome. It was much better than previous movies that are a part of the DCEU. The soundtrack was also pretty dope. It includes songs such as “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, and “My Name Is” by Eminem. I was lucky enough to be able to see the movie in 3D and that was pretty cool. Usually 3D movies screws with my eyesight but it wasn’t actually too bad.

Let me know your thoughts.