‘Shazam!’ is constant fun from beginning to end, and you’ll find yourself fully enjoying a DC Universe movie for the first time too.
‘Shazam!’ is DC Universe’s newest entry in their superhero canon, following hot in the footsteps of ‘Aquaman’ which released earlier this year. Surprisingly, both movies have been rather enjoyable, and this one in particular is one that older kids will wholly enjoy.
While other previous DC Universe movies of late, such as ‘Batman V Superman’ and ‘Justice League’, haven’t exactly been all that enjoyable, ‘Shazam!’ is certainly the first one to stand out for all of the right reasons. This superhero adventure follows the life of ordinary 14-year-old teenager Billy Baston. Billy ends up being gifted with incredible superpowers – and one in particular that sees him change into a superhero named Shazam, who is a fully-fledged adult. It’s the storyline that every child (and maybe even adult) out there wishes would happen to them, and makes the first plotline of the movie all that more relatable.
Although most of the movie is thankfully quite light-hearted, there are some moments of darkness scattered throughout, so the 12A Certificate is there for a reason and should be adhered to when considering who you’re bringing along. This is the DC Universe here, the people who created ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Suicide Squad’, so it pays to be mindful of how young are the kids you’re bringing along with you to see this.
It should also be mentioned that Billy is a foster kid who is searching for his birth mother, and that might hit home with some viewers out there. The hilarious relationship between Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Billy provide some of the best moments of the movie, and it’s nice to see this sometimes forgotten about plotline that might resonate with a small audience included in a superhero blockbuster of today.
One for the slightly older children in the family, ‘Shazam!’ is constant fun from beginning to end, and you’ll find yourself fully enjoying a DC Universe movie for the first time too.