Not Too Much Movie Review: Shazam! (2019)April 7, 2019
Director: David F. Sandberg
Stars: Zachary Levi, Michelle Borth, Djimon Hounsou
Shazam was utterly delightful. It has its problems, sure – it takes a bit to get going and its final action scene is way too long but I love how unabashedly sincere and silly it is.
As most know, I’ve become very jaded by superhero films even if I wind up seeing most of em and this was a wonderful respite. It was nice to have a superhero film that’s focus was actually on human beings for a change and one with consequences. The film gives every character a complete arc and even the villain is treated with empathy. It also treats a subplot about the character’s parents with unexpected nuance.
I also thought that the humor in this film killed, there’s at least 3 or 4 scenes that had me dying laughing. In some ways, folks might compare the film’s comedy to Deadpool in the way it satirizes the genre’s tropes, but where those films do it with a self-congratulatory smugness, Shazam does it with affection and creative inversions.
Does the film reinvent the wheel? Hardly. Does it follow a lot of conventions? Absolutely. But it’s an absolute pleasure to see a film that feels like it was made by a crew actually having fun.
I realize I said nothing about Zachary Levi, but I’ll just say he absolutely rules. I’ve been a big fan of his ever since ‘Chuck’ on NBC (a great underappreciated series that y’all slept on) and am overjoyed he’s finally getting the attention he deserves.
4.0 Not Too Much Guys out of 5