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|Genre:||Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Action|
|Direction:||David F. Sandberg|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 132 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
As a child Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) had a mysterious encounter with an old magician (Djimon Hounsou), who wanted to transfer all his power to the boy, but then found that he was not worthy of it. Of course, nobody wanted to believe him. But for Thaddeus there was only one goal since that day: to find the magician again and get what he deserved: The power of the seven deadly sins. In fact, he succeeds in this and the magician now has no time left to search any further for a chosen one. And so he transmits his power to 14-year-old orphan Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who from now on always turns into an adult superhero (Zachery Levi) when he calls out the word "Shazam! Together with his best friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy takes full advantage of the superhero's existence until Dr. Thaddeus Sivana finds him to rob him of his strength. Now the boy has to show if he really is ready to be a real hero…
With "Shazam!" another superhero from the DC universe has it on the big screen. However, he is much less gloomy than his colleagues Batman or Superman. Yes, there is also a dark threat here and some dark moments, but all in all "Shazam!" is something completely different: a thoroughly charming fun. Children of the 80s will feel reminded of "Big" with Tom Hanks in some scenes. That this is quite intentional becomes particularly clear in a scene in which director David F. Sandberg pays tribute to the cult comedy in a charming way. But the fantasy adventure doesn't only score with a certain retro charm, but also with a good portion of self-irony regarding the otherwise rather gloomy DC universe, which culminates in a really wonderful final scene before the credits.
The film can very well benefit from Sandberg's really good hand in selecting the young actors. Newcomer Asher Angel is a real discovery and also Jack Dylan Grazer, known from "Es", delivers an absolutely convincing performance, which doesn't need to hide behind those of his adult co-stars. The story itself is very simple and conventional in itself. But the way it is told makes "Shazam!" so successful. In terms of sound, the film can best be compared to the first "Ghostbusters" film: It's a fantasy comedy, that doesn't only have some laughs to offer, but also some uncanny moments, and thus never degenerates into a pure slapstick movie.
Neither too colorful, nor too gloomy, funny, but also exciting and at times amazingly emotional - this mixture sets "Shazam!" apart from the mass of current superhero movies. And the joy of playing with which Zachery Levi plays the boy in an adult's body ensures a relaxed smile during the magic shower. It's nice that there are always filmmakers who succeed in enriching even a very rigid genre like the comic strip adaptations in a surprising and charming way. Slowly you can't only look forward to new MARVEL movies, but also to fresh DC food. A great time to be a fan of this genre! Absolutely worth seeing!
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