Shazam!

Shazam!

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Shazam!

A boy given abilities to become an adult superhero in times of need enters the DC Cinematic Universe when young Billy Batson finds himself gifted with the power of the wizard Shazam. What this means is the teenager, when he says "shazam!", transforms into a costumed, musclebound hero (Zachary Levi)... but doesn't develop the brain to match. 

The latest champion in an age-old battle between good and evil, Billy Batson mostly enjoys goofing off with his new-found powers, despite the urging of his best friend and superhero enthusiast, Freddy. When he's sought out by a villainous physicist (Mark Strong) embodying ancient evils, Batson will need to transform himself into an actual hero, not just someone that looks like one.

2019Rating: M, Mature themes and action violence132 minsUSA
ActionAdventureFantasyBlockbuster
94%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

"Shazam!" suggests that if you're taking a superhero's powers deadly seriously, you may not be totally connecting with the spirit of the comics. The movie says: You've got to giggle at this stuff. That's part of the adventure.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

In a word: magic.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Buoyant and unpretentious, Shazam! aims low and mostly succeeds, a kid-friendly caper powered with enough energy to keep its target audience engaged with a fun central conceit that plays like a cross between Big and Superman.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

In a genre that often tries way too hard to be taken seriously, Shazam! is a pile of good-natured fun.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

"Shazam" exudes a boyish spirit appropriate for a superhero origin story about a teenager who gets invested with powers far beyond his adolescent imagination. This latest DC adventure is, however, a mixed bag that doesn't quite work.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

...anybody suffering from superhero fatigue, but for the rest of us it's an engaging, heartfelt ode to the slightly jerky teenager inside us all and our often untapped potential to do the right thing.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Shazam!, like the ridiculousness of its name, never takes itself too seriously. It's a sugar rush of a film, great while it lasts but has you plummeting off the high soon afterward.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Levi is a delight in the central role, hilariously conveying the goofy adolescent within the strapping body of his musclebound superhero.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The hardest power to depict onscreen is the wisdom of Solomon, but Shazam! makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness.

4.0
0

It's nice to see some DC films beginning to stray away from their dark and angsty style and incorporating some comedy especially with Shazam where it fits in the most. It consists of the DCEU style from Zack Synder but done better. The film introduces us to a new and more unknown DC Comic's character Shazam, and it is a relief they did the character...

4.0
0

I have no background for comics now movies, so my review is based predominantly on the viewing of it. The movie definitely had some laughs, I'm unsure if I'm hard to please with humour, the trailer showed a lot of the funny moments, Zachary Levi played a great role and there was some great, unexpected actors in the movie. My friend and I thought this...

3.0
0

In some respects this is a hard movie to peg. The trailer made it appear to be aimed at a young audience. Good natured goofy fun. And there was much of that. However the first half leaned heavily towards horror. And did it well. Shazam! opens with the origin story of it's super-villain. Ably carried by both the junior and senior versions' actors,...

4.0
0

Shazam is directed by David F. Sandberg, it stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou. Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who’s been chosen by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) to take up his mantle As a comicbook movie Shazam works in many ways, the movie in general is fun and it’s highly...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

"Shazam!" suggests that if you're taking a superhero's powers deadly seriously, you may not be totally connecting with the spirit of the comics. The movie says: You've got to giggle at this stuff. That's part of the adventure.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

In a word: magic.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Buoyant and unpretentious, Shazam! aims low and mostly succeeds, a kid-friendly caper powered with enough energy to keep its target audience engaged with a fun central conceit that plays like a cross between Big and Superman.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

In a genre that often tries way too hard to be taken seriously, Shazam! is a pile of good-natured fun.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

"Shazam" exudes a boyish spirit appropriate for a superhero origin story about a teenager who gets invested with powers far beyond his adolescent imagination. This latest DC adventure is, however, a mixed bag that doesn't quite work.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

...anybody suffering from superhero fatigue, but for the rest of us it's an engaging, heartfelt ode to the slightly jerky teenager inside us all and our often untapped potential to do the right thing.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Shazam!, like the ridiculousness of its name, never takes itself too seriously. It's a sugar rush of a film, great while it lasts but has you plummeting off the high soon afterward.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Levi is a delight in the central role, hilariously conveying the goofy adolescent within the strapping body of his musclebound superhero.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The hardest power to depict onscreen is the wisdom of Solomon, but Shazam! makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness.

4.0
0

It's nice to see some DC films beginning to stray away from their dark and angsty style and incorporating some comedy especially with Shazam where it fits in the most. It consists of the DCEU style from Zack Synder but done better. The film introduces us to a new and more unknown DC Comic's character Shazam, and it is a relief they did the character...

4.0
0

I have no background for comics now movies, so my review is based predominantly on the viewing of it. The movie definitely had some laughs, I'm unsure if I'm hard to please with humour, the trailer showed a lot of the funny moments, Zachary Levi played a great role and there was some great, unexpected actors in the movie. My friend and I thought this...

3.0
0

In some respects this is a hard movie to peg. The trailer made it appear to be aimed at a young audience. Good natured goofy fun. And there was much of that. However the first half leaned heavily towards horror. And did it well. Shazam! opens with the origin story of it's super-villain. Ably carried by both the junior and senior versions' actors,...

4.0
0

Shazam is directed by David F. Sandberg, it stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou. Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who’s been chosen by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) to take up his mantle As a comicbook movie Shazam works in many ways, the movie in general is fun and it’s highly...

4.0
0