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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Shaza Meh Uneven but enjoyable film

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    internech
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    Shazam is the word Billy Batson says to become the world's mightiest mortal. The irony is that he can't mention his superhero name without turning back to his younger self. This is one of the running jokes of the movie, with sidekick/buddy Freddy trying to invent heroic names for Shazam. Of course, the greater irony is that this character was known in the 1940s and early '50s as Captain Marvel. DC comics sued the publisher, Fawcett, and although Captain Marvel outsold Superman for a while, Captain Marvel comics eventually settled the lawsuit. DC gained the rights to the character but didn't renew the name. Hence, Marvel created the alien Captain Marvel, first as a man, then rebooted as a woman in the current movie. Shazam captures some of the fun of the older Captain Marvel series while reinventing the characters for a new age. This works on some levels, but not on others. For example, Shazam is a bit like the Tom Hanks character in Big - a teenage boy in a man's body. But this Shazam/Billy Batson character is a bit of a wise guy and a cynic. He's been abandoned by his mother as a young child and shuttled to a bunch of foster homes. Family means nothing to him. Oddly enough, he's chosen to become Shazam, because the old wizard with the same name finds Billy pure of heart, or at least having enough redeeming qualities to prove himself worthy of a superhero. Thereby lies my problem with the film. Despite the fact that Shazam has the wisdom of Solomon, there are too many scenes where Billy acts like a stupid, selfish, jerk. His superhero destroys Billy's school books, rips off soda machines, poses with tourists for selfies (and expects payment). Some of this might have been amusing, but it goes on for too long. That leads me to discuss another situation with Shazam that makes it a good movie, but not a great one. Dr. Sivana, the original Captain Marvel's arch villain, has a backstory and, eventually, powers to rival the Shazam character. (Again, harkening back to the older Sivana, the character was the world's wickedest scientist but a bit of a screwball, who invented zany schemes to defeat/destroy Captain Marvel. This Dr. Sivana, however, is an evil wizard who uses seven deadly sins (shown as demons) to destroy and dominate as well as using the monsters for his ultimate goal to destroy Shazam and obtain his the hero's powers. But if this happens, the demons will destroy mankind. Hasn't the otherworldly evil unleashed on earth been used in enough movies? In this version of the story, he is summoned but rejected for the role of the great hero (and treated poorly by his family), which makes him become an arch villain. He's completely without charm or humor, touches which would have tempered the darker nature of the film. (Think Loki, or Nicholson's Joker.) A number of scenes, particularly one, shows the demons literally tearing people apart. It's much too violent and grim in contrast to the kid-friendly, light-hearted nature of most of the film. The demons seem to be generic gargoyles that have appeared in other fantasy movies. It might have been more interesting to show the Sins, (Lust, Greed, Envy, etc.) in the forms they represent. These creepy creatures will make younger viewers uncomfortable. The twin themes of the film are family and friends are the most important values in our world. Ultimately, Billy/Shazam realizes that and becomes the hero he was meant to be. His friends play an important part in directing Shazam to become noble, which is the heart of the movie. They are boys and girls of different ages and ethnicities and include Freddy, who has a mobility challenge, and another kid who may have an emotional or learning disability. That rainbow coalition never appeared, unfortunately, in the older Captain Marvel comics, which had some embarrassing black and Asian stereotypes. The third part of the movie captures the warmth and humor that should have been blended more evenly in the first two "acts". There are subplots concerning bullies and Billy's attempts to find his birth mother that detract from the focus of the film. Cutting 15 minutes might have made Shazam more cohesive. Overall, I would suggest seeing Shazam on cable or taking it out of the library and decide if it is your thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent DC Movie

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    Ralphy
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    Though DC movies have been known for disappointing,..I tried to go into the movies with no expectations, despite movie critics saying it was a truly good movie. After seeing the movie,..I think they might have had low expectations due to the aforementioned disappointing history of said movies,..and were surprised that it was not a bad movie, and may have been more favorable than need be. From my perspective, no sucking is not the measure of a movie, or anything. Overall, I thought it was a decent movie. It was not great. It just needed a "tighter" and more focused story line for the protagonist, which he, most of the movie seemed to be a bit self centered in approach to life. Billy Batson is suppose to have been chosen for his powers because he was pure of heart, and self less, despite the curve balls life had thrown him. The protagonist in this movie, for the most part, was not self centers, or altruistic. Nevertheless, the movie is worth watching,...on cable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun movie but it does not leave room a sequel.

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    Dave
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    I liked the movie. The characters were fun. What I look forward to are possibilities for sequels and this one does not follow any formula. Case in point is there are now 6 or 7 superheroes. All with the same name. All with different powers. So, they will be called Power Rangers Too! Having a super hero working with other super heroes is a formula DC and Marvel have in common. Except this time.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Another DC So-So movie!

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    DiscoKid
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    This was another so so DC movie IMO. Although it was better then most of the DC movies, it was still lacking in many areas and is not even close to the MCU movies. My kids did enjoy watching this though and liked it much more then I did. The steelbook design stayed in line with some of the previous DC steelbook releases with the black covers and looks good, but I do like the comic style steelbooks better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Kid Movie

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    Morgan
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    I am a huge fan of DC and Marvel movies. Captain Marvel (aka Shazam) was my favorite character. DC ruined him for me. I was very disappointed in the film. Now, n the other hand, my kids loved it! They have watched it many times, driving me insane. Lots of kid humor, a few light hearted adult jokes and a couple of middle fingers, which nowadays you really can’t get away from. So, I’m basing my 3 star review on an adult aspect. My kids give it a 5 star rating

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    DC Tried!

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    JBofSC
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    It always seems DC is one step behind Marvel in their cinematic universe efforts. From casting to story development they just come up short most of the time. That being said... it is a watchable movie though I purchased mainly for my 12 year old. Has a bad ending to an ok movie. I would recommend, but barely.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Médiocre

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    Bikeman
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    Seeing all of the Marvel Avengers flics really sets this one up as mediocre at best. Story seemed weak and maybe a bit contrived. I admit that I am not really up to speed on Shazam but it seemed to me the story line was too simple, too hurried with not enough time spent developing the characters. I didn’t hate it but didn’t love it either.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh...

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    Kratos
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    This is a highly rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes. I just think it’s overrated. The trailer made it seem like it was a comedy superhero flick. I thought it needed a little more humor, and there isn’t quite as much action as your average superhero movie. It’s okay, not great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It had its ups and downs.

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    Cornflower
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    This movie is fun. My children enjoyed it. The main character needed some work. Overall it wasn't great but i still enjoyed it. Keep trying dc. I believe in you and America believes in you too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok movie with some funny parts.

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    JustAGeek
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    In my opinion this was just an ok movie. It had some funny parts but the story line was forced and uneven. This is a renter; I would not recommend a purchase if you don't absolutely love the actor or character. My family felt the same way.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Shazamed!!!

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    WidowMaker
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    I was not impressed, but it was good to those that didn't watch the CBS broadcast of the show while growing up. It had its feel-good moments but too comical for my idea of the superhero.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Story line...uncessary use of crude language

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    Jaimo
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    I like the storyline this has to offer. A teen boy looking as to where he really fits in the family while looking for his birth mom. Contains the struggle of life to reconcile dreams with reality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Captain Marvel?

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    BruceMitchell
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    When I was a kid Billy Batson was the kid who said SHAZAM and turned into Captain Marvel. Now the two are separate with DC owning this one and Marvel owning Captain Marvel. Not to bad but I wish it was as originally written.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    its funny

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    personally superman is my guy. man of steel to me was what superman needed. and when people complained about it this movie is the result. it's light hearted and funny but the action is meh and muscle effects look wierd and at times creepy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok

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    Mytown
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    I need to watch this again. I keep dosing off. I personally think Marvel does a better job telling stories and also developing characters. It's not horrible but it's not as good as I thought it would be based on the trailer

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    3.5 stars

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    Francis
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    An origin story that didn't get bogged down by itself (like every Batman movie.) Funny & Zachary was perfect for the role. A great DC flick that doesn't require eyes being covered all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Interestingly good.

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    Moviegoer388
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    Good, comedic, telling of the “Shazam” origin with a good performance by Levi (who reminded me of a younger Tom Hanks) and some great scene chewing by Strong. 3D effects made it come more alive. Worth the watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The movie is ok

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    Makkari1
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    The movie is OK if you got time to kill. Not a really difficult plot to follow and the acting decent for a group of kids. True DC fans will like this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay I guess

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    Blackwing
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    This movie is average at best. I liked it I just felt that some stuff was rush. Fight scenes just were not that good to me. In terms of fights I was hoping to see something like Man of Steel but overall the movie is okay.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun and forgettable..

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    KelB
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    Movie looks great in 4K,,,it's a fun diversion, cast is good. Its a nice throwback to that 80's feel but ultimately middle of the road. Recommending as a rental..

    I would recommend this to a friend