“Hey, what’s up? I’m a superhero.” – Shazam
Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A foster kid trying to find his birth mother is chosen by a Wizard to be a superhero and must find a way to become a true hero.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been looking forward to seeing for quite some time and am really glad I finally got the opportunity to do so.
They are able to take a well known superhero origin formula story and shake it up a bit which makes it even more entertaining.
The idea to make a superhero movie that integrates concepts used in movies like Big (1988) works really well since we get to see how a teenager might act upon become an instant adult superhero physically, yet retain his teenage mind.
The choice to keep this film fun and ‘light’ works quite well here especially since some of the themes dealt with here are quite dark and disturbing, so doing it this way works to its advantage.
The message of this film about family being most important above all else works really well throughout and that enhances the enjoyment of the film.
As a big fan of the DCMU, I can’t wait to see how they plan to integrate this story into the already established superhero films.
Bottom Line – Really fun superhero film that takes a well known formula and shakes it up a bit. Love the concept of mixing the idea of Big (1988) with a typical superhero origin film since it allows us to see how a teen would react to gaining super powers in our modern world. The film has a very light tone to the story which works really well especially given the potential to make this a very dark and disturbing one based on the concepts developed here. The message of this film about being a part of a family no matter what rings true throughout and helps make this so enjoyable to watch unfold. Can’t wait to see how they integrate this film into the DCMU. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shazam is an acronym formed from the names of the gods that grant powers: (Solomon – Wisdom. Hercules – Strength. Atlas – Stamina. Zeus – Power. Achilles – Courage. Mercury – Speed). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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Glad you enjoyed this one, Rob! It’s probably my favourite DC movie yet – it was so much better than I thought it would be!
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