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Shazam is a Step in the Right Direction for DC

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Zab Rodriguez, Staff Writer

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The Shazam movie, directed by David Sanberg had a lot to live up to. Considering the movies DC has recently made, which in my opinion weren’t up to part, this was a great change for the studio. Huge steps in the right direction.

Even with mixed expectations, the movie found a way to pull through with positive reviews. 92% Critic Review on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% Audience Review on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sanberg has mostly worked with horror movies throughout his career so this was a big change for him. He added some horror aspect which we’re not used to in superhero movies. Interesting choice but it worked out in the end. I feel, with a small horror aspect to the movie, it didn’t take away or add anything.

Zachary Levi’s character, Shazam, was incredible. Levi did an amazing job playing a 15-year-old boy in an adult body rather than a serious superhero. It felt as though he were born for the role. The delivery on his lines were definitely flawless.

The movie was action-packed, hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt. It was amazing and went beyond my expectations for sure. There were a lot of mixed expectations considering the types of movies that DC has come out with recently. People had either no hope in the movie at all and others had high hopes that DC would pull through.

Not to mention, the special effects were incredible for the funding of the movie. Which was $80-$100 million. Not once was my attention taken away from the movie because of special effects.

Mark Strong’s character, Dr. Sivanna, the antagonist, was amazing. He was the serious brooding villain the movie needed. His story was rather dark but that’s what we’re used to with the Detective Comics Extended Universe (DCEU).

Other than the beginning of the movie, it’s a change of pace for the DCEU as a whole. Usually, DC has made the wrong move and made all of their movies dark. Making the Superman movie darker and more sinister, considering Superman is a beacon of hope and light was a huge mistake. With Shazam, however, it had a change of pace. For the better.  They made the movie fun and an enjoyable experience for all viewers. The movie was not dark like what we’re used to, which was a good thing.

Shazam was a very light movie, which was enjoyable for viewers of all ages, it was truly a blast.  I give it 4/5 Maroos.

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