Tenshot – SHAZAM!
Saw Shazam on Friday with Bug and the Cousins. So here goes…
- Overall, good popcorn fare. The kids enjoyed it, and so did the adults.
- Saw Aquaman for the first time a couple of days before this, and Shazam was better. Both were moving away from the Dark & Brooding DC*, and working towards the fun side of super heroes (the trend Wonder Woman started), but while Aquaman suffered from just some awful writing and so many tropes I’m still ticking them off in my head, Shazam didn’t.
- Good casting. Really, especially the kids. Yes, Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, and Mark Strong were the big names, but the kids were very good.
- Yes, the Shazam suit was a bit campy. The puffy muscles… honestly, I didn’t mind, because while they were a bit silly, so was the whole movie. It was good to see a DC movie not take itself too seriously.
- Trigger warning: The movie deals with foster kids, and growing up in the foster system, and it has a few hard moments. Not for me, but one of my cousins is a rather new cousin, who spent almost 5 years in the foster system before being adopted into our family. Those scenes had a visible impact on her. Nothing too bad, but if you are going with someone who grew up like that, they might need a hand to hold, or a shoulder.
- Shades of Spider-Man. Marc Strong is a Big, Serious Villain, and Zach Levi was playing the goof. Villains just hate it when no one takes them seriously.
- The part with all the other foster kids, at the end…I don’t recall that being part of the canon, but then, I was never a huge reader of those comics.
- SHAZAM is the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, etc…You clearly saw all the physical attributes, but the wisdom, that you had to watch for, because it was done very subtle. As wisdom should be.
- Speaking of subtle, some of the jokes are sneaky one-liners. Many are obvious like you see in the trailers, but pay attention.
- Finally, the screenwriters do remember what it’s like being a young teenage boy, and it shows. Shazam may have the wisdom of Solomon, but he is still a 14 year old boy.
*Really, something that should be reserved for John Constantine movies. Preferably ones with Matt Ryan in them, because he was a much better Constantine than Keanu Reeves (and I like Keanu Reeves, it was just a bad fit for him).