How do critics think about Shazam, the newest hero of DCEU?
Shazam is the hero having the unique original story. In fact, it is the story that many kids have dreamed of. Of course, many people want to be a superhero to keep justice. Shazam is the story of a 14-year-old boy. His name is Billy Batson who is just a normal boy facing normal problems of kids. Unfortunately, Billy is an orphan and he has tried to fit into the world. He does his best to adapt to a new foster home. And he is also a victim of bullies at school which is not much strange in school. Most of all, he is a good kid with a good heart.
In the comic, we know that Billy is one of the biggest fans of the Justice League. He always dreams about becoming a superhero one day. His life came to a turning point when a wizard called Shazam chose him. Suddenly, Billy becomes the champion of the mystical wizard. This wizard transferred and gave Billy all of his power. Using a word as a trigger, Billy is able to turn into a godlike superhero. Shazam is now one of the funny movies and having a new term of coolness. With no radioactive animals or experiments, Shazam brought a new way of having the power.
The DC fans, as well as the audiences, will be able to see Shazam on screen soon on April 5. It is promising to be the next success of DCEU. In the live action version, Asher Angel plays as Billy and the Shazam form will leave to Zachary Levi. Zachary Levi will be responsible for being as the musclebound hero. In 2017, Warner Bros. and DC Films confirmed that they would release Shazam in the near future. They also informed that Shazam would come after Aquaman. And we can see that DC is stick to their plan. We have seen the teasers, trailers as well as tantalizing promos of this hero. They proved that Shazam would be a big hit to the screen. Moreover, people hope that Shazam could be able to bring brightness to the gloomy DCEU.
We have to wait to see Shazam on the big screen to know more about this movie. At the moment, we can’t say that it is a success or not. But here are what critics saying about Shazam.
Shazam is much more than just a DC delight
People know immediately that Shazam will stand out of the previous movies of DC films. It was when DC films decided to present it during San Diego Comic-Con 2018. People know that Shazam will be different. Freddy Freeman played by Jack Dylan Grazer came into the joke in nearly 30 seconds. Then you can see how Billy reacts as he has power from a mysterious wizard. He seems to spend no care about that why a wizard still exists. And the most question that why he becomes the chosen is not in his consideration.
Receiving the power and becoming a wizard called Shazam, Billy starts to figure out his power. And he seems to really enjoy his new power. Outside Billy is a muscular man but he is still a little boy. He likes chomping on chips and impressing girls after he takes down a couple of thugs. Clearly, these materials are what we don’t see much in DCEU. Therefore, Shazam can be a new wind to bring a new color to DC. Besides, Shazam also receives a lot of good confirmation from the critics. According to many critics, this can be the best movie in DC so far.
They called Shazam as Hugh Armitage of Digital Spy. According to IGN’s Jim Vejvoda, this movie is the best. “It is the slickest and funniest movie ever in DC Extended Universe. We haven’t seen any funny movie like this one since Christopher Reeve’s Superman. I believe that Shazam can gain much love from the audience. ScreenCrush editor-in-chief Matt Singer also claimed that DC movie is funny again. And he liked it. He added Shazam seemed to have only positive things to say about it.
Above these saying, DC has been successful in convincing the critics. Shazam is the greatest movie today. We are seeing the rising of superhero movies. There are many superheroes have appeared on the screen. DC is trying their best to gain back the love from the audiences and create a unique universe for it. Mark Hughes at Forbes shared his thought about this movie. “To me, people haven’t made any superheroes movies like this one. This movie stands out of all the best and funny movies we have ever seen from any company.”
There isn’t another suitable actor for Shazam but Zachary Levi
As you can see in the movie industry, there are many times that actors shared commons with characters. They effortlessly fit into their characters as if that role is for them. Actually, these actors/actresses made an extraordinary success with these roles. Nearly nobody else can do better than them. The nearest example we can tell is Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Ryan came to his character in red and black suit naturally. He didn’t have to try much to demonstrate this anti-hero.
Another example we have to mention is Hugh Jackman took as Wolverine. Hugh Jackman truly made a legend with Wolverine. He erased the line between fact and fiction. Sometimes, people felt that Hugh is actually the Wolverine in daily life. Of course, there won’t be another Wolverine and Hugh was perfect for this character. Or Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark. Taking of suit, Robert and Tony are the same people. We can see Tony Stark in Robert Downey. Tony Stark seems to be the character that Robert Downey is always meant to portray. It can be the second Iron Man but only one man can play Tony Stark.
Now we see another case with Zachary Levi as Shazam. Many critics agree that Levi the most suitable actor for Shazam. In fact, this character is hard to imitate the characteristic from The Big Red Cheese from the comics.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck told about this character. “The role that Levi took is an interesting one. A musclebound superhero is just a shelter for the goofy adolescent. According to Variety critic Owen Gleiberman, this actor made a good job in this character. He was successful in using his innocent to demonstrate the character he wanted. Thanks to this, Shazam got the chance to find his identity. And this makes it become the freshest origin story of all the time. Guardian’s Benjamin Lee also talked about this. He said that Levi came to Shazam and launched himself into the role with a full abandon. Moreover, Jim Vejvoda at IGN confirmed that the superpower hero is for Zachary Levi to play.
More than just right, the kids are amazing indeed
Shazam doesn’t have Zachary Levi as the only star. In fact, the critics didn’t catch Zachary Levi as the point to observe. Shazam is the movie containing many characters who didn’t a great job in acting. We have to count the little star in Shazam. These children were amazing as they also caught the eyes of critics. Here are some names for you to notice in the movie. Freddy Freeman, young Billy, and Darla. Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel and Faithe Herman are responsible for these characters. And the critics had to admit that their works were amazing and perfect. They not only showed the aspects of children who entertained the viewers. They also became the necessary elements in the needed time in Shazam.
According to Frank Scheck of Hollywood Reporter, these kids have made the terrific performance. “together, they made beautiful work. They were successful in bonding over their joy while discovering Shazam’s power”. The character Grazer’s Freddy Freeman especially received particular praise. It was from Vox’s Alex Abad-Santos. “The boy named Grazer has shown us glimmers of vulnerability. When we look inside him, we can see the scrim of sarcasm and irreverence. However, we can see it a small slowdown in delivery or a tense lip sometimes”. The character Grazer’s Freddy Freeman seemed to do a great job in this movie. He was able to meet the expectation of critics. And we hope that see his performance on screen soon.
Talking about Shazam, here is what The Associated Press’ Lindsay Bahr wrote. “We have to admit that the assembly of the young actors is amazing. This truly blew our minds away as we can tell. The biggest impressions belonged to Grazer as Freddy and Herman as Darla. They have done such a great job there in transferring the idea of the story and characters. At some points, we will see this movie is not merchandising. Instead, it is about love, friendship and most of all family. And this is what gives this movie a big plus”. Lindsay Bahr also added that Grazer and Levi are so much good in being this superhero Shazam. Grazer is also perfect in Freddy as well as Levi as Shazam. And Grazer is good at drawing a laugh.
We have a Super-Big promise
Before Warner Bros and DC Films had any confirmation or further information which was about Shazam’s production, Levi has shared a little bit. He appeared in Entertainment Tonight and revealed a bit about how he felt about Shazam. He claimed that Shazam was like a mash-up. The mash-up between Superman and Big. Superman who Christopher Reeve played as the Man of Steel in 1978 is familiar to you. And Big is a comedy work having the cooperation of Tom Hanks. In this movie, Tom Hanks played as a boy trapped inside the body of an adult. Levi answered on the show. “I am so excited to play this character. This combination will bring a new wind to DCEU and superhero movies. We all want to see Superman meets Big, right? It is such a fun thing to experience”. Let’s wait for Shazam in cinema to see Levi’s performance in Shazam.
There were hundreds of times that members of the media discussed Shazam. The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck shared his idea after seeing Shazam. “It is good news when Shazam is not just another version of Superman or Big. The movie has its own elements and emotions which will stun you in my opinion. It is a satisfying movie to watch. Richard Trenholm wrote about Shazam at CNET. “We will see a great combination of Big in this movie. The comedy elements in Big will give DC a method. The method completes the magical transformation. This is worth seeing this movie in the cinema on April 5.
According to some critics, we can tell that Levi shared something in common with Shakira’s hips. Which is he doesn’t lie.
Having a lot of fun
As we are living in this world, not many times that we can see the fun in daily life. Life is so hard that we seem to see blue rather than happiness. The stressful job or problems with personal issues broke out mind down. To find peace and happiness in life, people set out and get themselves a unique method to do so. Some of them chose to have a cup of hot cocoa or a rom-com marathon. Some people find that they can relax with a towering plate of nachos and extra jalapeños. While some people choose crowded places to relax like bars to meet their friends. Others have a more luxurious way to do so like an overflowing bathtub filled with bubbles.
Happiness is what you have to define by yourself and let’s find a way to be happy. However, Shazam can recommend you some ways to overcome the blues in your life. Let’s check them out.
ScreenCrush’s Matt Singer talked about this. “This can give you an escape from your troubles. When it’s over, you will feel good about that. In the review of Shazam, Wrote Forbes contributor Mark Hughes wrote like this. “To me this movie is a great combination. The combination of family-friendly joyously exciting and amusing production. I believe many people will recommend this to their friends and beloved ones. And this can make them go to the cinema 2 or 3 times”. ComingSoon.net‘s Alan Cerny thought Shazam gives people a good time. Because it seems to have no mean-spirited bone in its body. “The smile on the face of Shazam is what you can’t reject. It is like a puppy face that you can’t help yourself from smiling back”.
Containing surprising sentiment
Shazam isn’t a one-note affair with many other lighthearted charms. Many critics find that Shazam has a big warm heart. Besides, this movie has a sentimental central story waiting for you to discover.
In fact, we made this article to inform the latest news about Shazam. We don’t want to give any spoiler films then we simply say this. The movie will go around Billy Batson our main character. After this kid had his power, his adventure also began. The movie will show us the process and how Billy controls his power. And the most important thing is the journey he becomes a true superhero. It will be beyond his desire to be like a vigilante.
This movie will also be about his reuniting with his true mother. While it allows him to grow close to his foster family. Friendship, love, the paint of abandonment and sweetness of belonging to somewhere. These dishes will come with the movie in one moment. The family is important and it is not just a word. It is the place we will forever feel love and peace. This is the reason why Shazam is able to touch the heart of critics.
Calling the “emotional components” of Shazam as “moving” Frank Scheck said it in his review. While Alex Abad-Santos at Vox showed respect to Henry Gayden. Thanks to Henry, we know that humor and comedy are how we approach sensitive ideas and feelings. It is like the feeling of abandoned children or disables ones. Abad-Santos added that Shazam having inside it humanity. And maybe Shazam will show us our magic. The magic that we can use with others, the magic of love.
Shazam has a slight drag
Up to now, we have known that Shazam is a promising product. However, the movie also contained some mistakes and wasn’t perfect across the board. Some of the critics had another idea with the rest. And they claimed that they felt the finale drags a bit. However, they admitted that that was nothing but a small complaint. Because it was like a personal nitpick after all.
Frank Scheck at The Hollywood Reporter claimed that the movie had “combat fatigue”. It took so long to wait for Shazam got his big gun and deal with the bad guy. As a result, letting people wait for about 30 minutes was too long to do so. ”Where was the fun in that? It had fast-paced 105 minutes or a butt-numbing 132”. He wrote his review on Digital Spy critic Hugh Armitage. However, he also admitted that the finale drags on longer than it should be. But it didn’t affect much to the movie. After all, it was just a minor complaint.
The supervillain is not impressive enough
In every superhero, the villains are always vital roles in the story. If there are no strong villains, why should the world need heroes? Therefore, every superhero has his biggest enemies. The enemies that they have to bring everything they have to take them down. For example, Batman has Joker and Fantastic Four has Doctor Doom. In superhero movies, villains can break the whole story. In Shazam, we have Dr. Thaddeus Sivana as the bad guy. He is the nefarious inventor and industrialist. In his early years, he did have to experience not much happy childhood. And he also has some personal reasons to hold a grudge against Shazam. You can know about this after seeing the movie. However, the villain Dr. Sivana didn’t do a great job. The way this character came in and Mark Strong’s performance isn’t impressive enough.
According to Alex Abad-Santo, Sivana seems to be a stylish becoming forgettable menace. Lindsey Bahr at The Associated Press also shared the same idea. “Strong had done his best to be a serious bad guy. Besides the part he brought not a big threat and buzzkill, we were still having fun with Freddy and Shazam”. It is undeniable that Strong has tried his best to complete his role perfectly. “Strong has used his fierce intensity and taut physicality. He did what he should to make his villain fearsome”. Here was what The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck reviewed.
Standing O for David F. Sandberg
To many readers, the name David F. Sandberg surely rings a bell. However, this guy is not famous for his work in the superhero genre. People know about him through his work in horror. He was the director of shorts like The Drawing Box and Closet Space. In 2016, we witnessed his work on the big screen. He presented the hit Lights Out. And a year after that, he came to another product, Annabelle: Creation. He truly leaves some skeptical in Shazam with his thought of horror aficionado.
In fact, Sandberg seems to not be good at superhero movies like horror movies. Here are what the critics gave to things Sandberg did with Shazam. Sandberg was able to bring the value of family and love as well as teamwork. He could manage to have “flawless comic timing” as you can see.
The Shazam movie has a near-perfect distillation. And it is thanks to Director David F. Sandberg. It gave the movie what it needed to be a success. They are precise nuances and aesthetics. The performances to achieve the tone and style the film were also important. Forbes contributor Mark Hughes added.
A balancing act was perfect
In fact, the most difficult thing in making movies is balancing the emotions. The director or writer or both can focus too much on a particular side. They can accidentally break the balance between a laugh and deep emotion. The joy and the sentiment. However, Shazam seems to overcome this and become a movie with a perfect balance. Director David F. Sandberg and screenwriter Henry Gayden must find a common. They gave us the line between humor and heart. We have an emotional moment beside the cheerful tone of the source material.
Phipps shared an opinion about this issue. “Gayden and Sandberg tried to balance Shazam. They were good at letting the movie go through a little frightening. And the movie still had original comics’ fun, kid-friendly spirit. They wanted to make Shazam as the new wind to DCEU. We can see that Superman and Batman are heroes rarely smiling. Shazam will be a new definition of a superhero.”
Vox‘s Alex Abad-Santos showed happiness when the movie didn’t become a comedy. “Shazam inherited the hilarious material from its comic books. The experience wasn’t too much charming, entertaining or touching.
We sure you that you haven’t seen anything like this before
Fandango managing editor Erik Davis shared his idea with Shazam. “This is not like any movies of DC you have seen before. It is the new wind for DCEU as well as the expectation for any movies of DC films. It truly became the funniest superhero movie of DCEU”.
Forbes contributor Mark Hughes thought that this was the new kind of superhero movie. Shazam seems to have the unique form of a superhero movie. Beatrice Verhoeven of TheWrap said that Shazam still had the superhero genre. He was a flexible product in superhero movies. She added. “This movie would give you joy from start to finish. While Hollywood seemed to get tired of the superhero movie, Shazam still made his way. This movie impressed us all.”
Are we seeing at the new era of DCEU?
The biggest question is whether Shazam can meet the biggest expectation of DC. As we can see, DC wants to change its method to gain love from audiences. People now love the funny and bright color of MCU. That was the reason they decided to make Shazam. Will Shazam be the trigger to a bright color coming to DCEU?
Many people are confident when they say that Shazam can be the turning point. Vox senior culture reporter Alex Abad-Santos agreed with this. He believed this is what DC has been searching all the time. Lindsay Bahr of The Associated Press also gives it flying words. “This movie will not let you down. It is worth paying money to watch”. Mark Hughes thought Shazam could be a big hit. “It can make $500 million or more worldwide” according to what he said.
After all, Shazam had what it needed to be a blockbuster. Having pitch-perfect performances and a strong script is what we can see. Besides, it has a tasty combo of hilarity and tenderness. Warner Bros., DC Films, and the DCEU can see the turning moment. At least, people will give more love to DCEU movies. “Aquaman has become a big success. Then we can believe that DC films will be able to continue making a good product. Besides, Shazam can keep the promise to bring a new look to DCEU.