Say my Name! Shazam!


James Howell, Reporter

Shazam who? Shazam when? Shazam how? WHAT IS SHAZAM?!

With all the hype around Avengers Endgame, many have already forgotten about DC’s most recent movie, Shazam!.

The film focuses on Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a recalcitrant foster kid who causes trouble throughout the city of Philadelphia in search of his real mother. Billy’s life changes completely when he meets a wizard who gives him the ability to transform into a superhero (played by Zachary Levi) by saying the magic words… SHAZAM!

Although the movie wasn’t as successful or popular as its competition, Shazam! just had something special to it that Avengers didn’t, but I just can’t figure out what it is. It was a weird movie, definitely stranger than any other superhero movie I have seen, but that’s what made it so much better. It has elements of comedy, action, and even some horror, and the villain(s) definitely made the movie different, but it was still good.

The movie was also a very heartwarming story about coming of age. The theme of family and sticking together in this movie is so prevalent almost to the point that it’s cheesy, but it works so well. As cheesy and almost predictable it was, nothing really had me prepared for the climax of the movie, as well as the final battle. Compared to other more dark DC movies, the refreshingly light and funny entry stands out.

One character that no one was talking about that really stuck out to me was Freddy (played by Jack Dylan Grazer). Freddy was by far my favorite character from the film. Freddy is a foster kid with a love for superheroes, so when he found out his foster brother was, in fact, one, he was definitely ecstatic. Freddy was the highlight of the movie. He was a hilarious, superhero nerd, but also had his own weaknesses, like his inability to walk. In fact, I think Freddy had the most layers to him, even though Billy could literally turn into a whole other person.

Shazam! wasn’t my favorite superhero movie. It wasn’t the best, but it was still very good. I think it makes the list of one of my favorite movies from 2019 for sure.