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Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 5 April 2019 (USA)
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We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM. - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.

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David F. Sandberg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Levi ... Shazam
Mark Strong ... Dr. Sivana
Asher Angel ... Billy Batson
Jack Dylan Grazer ... Freddy Freeman
Adam Brody ... Super Hero Freddy
Djimon Hounsou ... Wizard
Faithe Herman ... Darla Dudley
Meagan Good ... Super Hero Darla
Grace Fulton ... Mary Bromfield
Michelle Borth ... Super Hero Mary
Ian Chen ... Eugene Choi
Ross Butler ... Super Hero Eugene
Jovan Armand ... Pedro Peña
D.J. Cotrona ... Super Hero Pedro
Marta Milans ... Rosa Vasquez
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Storyline

In Philadelphia, Billy Batson is an abandoned child who is proving a nuisance to Child Services and the authorities with his stubborn search for his lost mother. However, in his latest foster home, Billy makes a new friend, Freddy, and finds himself selected by the Wizard Shazam to be his new champion. Now endowed with the ability to instantly become an adult superhero by speaking the wizard's name, Billy gleefully explores his new powers with Freddy. However, Billy soon learns that he has a deadly enemy, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who was previously rejected by the wizard and has accepted the power of the Seven Deadly Sins instead. Now pursued by this mad scientist for his own power as well, Billy must face up to the responsibilities of his calling while learning the power of a special magic with his true family that Sivana can never understand. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam! See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,505,326, 7 April 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,446,951, 17 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$279,446,951, 17 April 2019
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Envy comes out of Sivana, you can see two cranes that look like thin lit rods in the far distance, one blue and one red. These cranes, during shooting of the movie, were being used to build the University of Pennsylvania's new hospital building. See more »

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Dr. Sivana had none of the deadly sins inhabiting his body when he fell several dozen stories. Though he didn't hit the ground, the physical trauma of being caught by Shazam would have killed any mere mortal, as the internal organs continue to plummet toward the Earth. See more »

Quotes

Mister Mind: [laughs] Primitive symbols. You walking, talking monkeys with your cave drawings, you assume there's only one means to gain magic. No, no, no, there are more ways than a mind can imagine.
Dr. Thaddeus Sivana: What in God's name...?
Mister Mind: I named the gods, Doctor, not the other way around. Oh, what fun we're going to have together. The Seven Realms will soon be ours.
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Crazy Credits

In keeping with the issues over the Marvel title, the closing credits just refer to the members of the Marvel Family as their superpowered forms (Super Hero Freddy, Super Hero Mary, etc). See more »

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Decent, but wholly unimpressive
6 April 2019 | by pigguluSee all my reviews

Technically a 6.5, but definitely not anything to be thrilled about, as there isn't much novelty. I'm not familiar with the comics so I had no special expectations. I can honestly say it was a fun movie, but I just don't see where the glowing praise is coming from.

Story-wise, it does its job without much surprise or imagination. The little drama with Billy searching for his long-lost mom, while being unable to accept companionship from others, is alright. The special FX are good, but there aren't any mindblowing scenes (no real fighting or magic other than smoke and lightning). I didn't mind the villain being one-note, but I wish they did something better than the old "7 deadly sins," or at the very least been more creative with the designs (which look like clay concept models of generic gargoyles and you couldn't even tell which sin was which).

Maybe I'm just cynical, but I didn't find it very funny. Sure I had a few smirks and chuckles now and then, but there wasn't anything roaringly hilarious. If the trailers didn't exactly make you LOL, then you'd probably won't within the full movie. The comparisons to a kid-friendly Deadpool are apt, but without the wackiness that "seals the deal" as most of the jokes are simple/cheesy/cheap (At the very beginning, Billy steals a cop's lunch bag while he pleads against it. Later on he uses his adult form to buy beer and visit a strip club like every teenage boy's wishes. That's pretty much the bar of humor throughout, besides the numerous "Look what I can do!" moments of discovery for the powers.)

There's a large disconnect between the ever-brooding Billy and the upbeat Shazam, almost like a reverse Jekyll/Hyde. I'd be pretty stoked too if I suddenly gained superpowers, but neither character is a natural extension. And except for Freddy, everyone is entirely one-dimensional and stereotypical: overly enthusiastic foster parents, the tech-wizard gamer Asian, the sweet 16-type daughter going off to college, bullies, etc. Billy has probably less than 10 minutes shown interacting with the fosters that him eventually accepting them as family is a giant, unsatisfying leap.

Overall, it's highly forgettable, but kids will enjoy it, assuming they won't be affected by the CG monsters.


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