Movie Review

Shazam Review

Banner Name: Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, The Safran Company, DC Films
Producer:  Peter Safran
Director: David Sandberg
User's Rating

8/10

Critic's Rating

8/10

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Certified Type:  U / A
Music Director: Benjamin Wallfisch
Editor: Michel Aller
Language: English
Story Writer: Henry Gayden, Darren Lemke
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Maxime Alexandre
Story Details
Superhero movies are determined to cover every age and demographic. Shazam isn’t just aimed at teenagers. It’s about them too. The hero of this Philadelphia-set story is 14 years old. He may assume an adult’s body when he says the magic word but his sensibility remains that of a rebellious adolescent. The film has a witty, self-deprecating feel that you find more often in rites of passage movies than in stories about heroes saving the world. You can’t help but root for a protagonist who, once he realises he has superpowers, uses them to make strangers pay for selfies with him and to pose at the top of the steps where Stallone’s Rocky Balboa used to do his workouts. He’s as keen to use the galvanising energy he now has at his fingertips to charge strangers’ phones as he is to battle the forces of darkness.


Others Comment:
This may be a youth-oriented movie but Sandberg includes a disturbingly realistic car crash that leaves at least one victim in a pool of blood. There is also a brilliantly shot sequence of a little boy getting separated from his mother at a fun fair. The boy, looking for a toy compass, is lost in a forest of legs. He is too short to see the faces of all the adults crowding above him. This is Billy Batson.
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Technical Department

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Direction 9
Editor 8
Casting Producer 8
Art Department 9
Music Director 8

Technical Department

Rating
Story Department 8
Choreography 8
Cinematography 9
Graphics 9
Field Publicity 8
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