Small Screen Reviews
What’s It About?
A troubled foster kid is empowered with the ability to transform into an adult superhero, but is then forced to take on a demonic villain.
Who’s In It?
Zachari Levi (Tangled, Thor: The Dark World & Ragnarok)
Mark Strong (Kick-Ass, Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy, & more recently Kingsman 1-2)
Other notables include:
Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond, & more recently Captain Marvel)
Asher Angel (Driven To Dance)
Director: David F Sandberg (Lights Out, & more recently Annabelle: Creation)
DC have been on the backfoot to Marvel when it comes to recent superhero movies, and a heavy handed lengthy approach from the likes of Zach Snyder have done little to help. More recent fare has seen a little improvement with the entertaining Wonder Woman and the not-so-serious Aquaman, but in truth Marvel films so far have had much more zip and seem to be much more at ease with themselves and their audience. That is until now...
Relative newcomer, director David Sandberg has managed to fuse all that was great with the classic 70s/80s family friendly films – think Big, Goonies, Freak Friday – with classic superhero stuff such as the classic Superman.
The movie sees foster kid Billy Batson bouncing around from home to home, in search of a mother who lost him in a crowded fair. In a random twist of fate, Billy is summoned by a wizard, who empowers this pure soul (when he utters the word Shazam) with superhero powers, in a bid to take on the seven deadly sins in demonic form, and their facilitator the evil Dr Sivana.
The premise is pretty simple and straightforward, but the performances are genuine, while the film is light, fun and thoroughly engaging. It suffers with being a touch too long, and some of the characters are a little underdeveloped, but for once, DC have managed to deliver a fine comic book film.
In A Nutshell:
Charming & fun, with some great performances & a lovely family-friendly vibe reminiscent of some 80s classics.
Asher Angel excels
DC finally produce a fun light-hearted comic book film
It’s a touch too long
Release date: 12/08/2019
Certificate: 12 / 12A