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Shazam! (2019)

Action | 132 minutes
3,08 706 votes

Genre: Action / Fantasy

Duration: 132 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Stars: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Mark Strong

IMDb score: 7,0 (381.568)

Releasedate: 29 March 2019

Shazam! plot

"Just say the word."

14-year-old Billy Batson feels endowed with the power of the wizard Shazam to fight against the forces of evil. With the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the might of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury, he is the holder of the power of SHAZAM Shazam seeks the limits of his abilities with the cheerful recklessness of a child. But he must quickly master these powers to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

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avatar van IH88


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“Billy Batson, I choose you as champion.”

Decent superhero movie. Shazam! has a predictable course and the bad guy is mediocre (however strong Mark Strong acts, he and his CGI monsters don't really pose much of a threat). But the storyline surrounding the orphanage works well, and actors Angel and Grazer have a fine chemistry. It's not taken too seriously and I always appreciate that.

Levi does well too, but he's clearly better at playing the childish enthusiasm than the serious moments at the end. The end is one big fight again, and I wonder when the makers will learn that by tackling it on a smaller scale you make a lot more impression than such a bombastic mush of completely uninteresting fights.

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avatar van Onderhond


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Sandberg is a nice horror director, not an excellent director but someone who knows how to deliver entertaining genre work. But as often happens when such people are absorbed by large franchise monsters, there is little left of their film love.

I thought I was going to watch a comedy, but I really didn't laugh once with this movie. In any case, the humor is also rather limited, thought this was more of a superhero film for the little ones, with perhaps a bit too scary monsters as bad guys. Although it wouldn't surprise me that the youth of today are no longer awake about such things.

Levi is really too bad for words, like some kind of Jimmy Fallon superhero. The kids are all irritating, the childhood drama is already lousy and the "oh, now I'm suddenly a superhero" scenes also felt very uninspired. No idea about the source material of this film, but what a stale affair.

Visually, it has nothing to offer, except for a decent budget. And then there are 132 extremely boring minutes, with only the last 11 being worth the effort. End credits that you can skip undisturbed. Incredible dragon this, hopefully Sandberg just returns to his roots after this.


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Sergio Leone

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And that applies especially to Zachary Levi in the lead role. That shitty shit really has nothing to do with acting. He's also totally charismatic, apart from his comedic talent. But even his fellow players - the young guys - don't give a damn. And then Mark Strong, always charismatic but also used far too often as a villain, shows up .. as a villain, of course. His role is also very similar in vibe to that of Alfred Molina in Spider-Man 2.

It sums up the redundancy of Shazam! a little together. All in all it also takes a good 2 hours - including a long introduction -, so that you will start to get annoyed very quickly. In addition, the effects - especially problematic for the monsters - aren't quite of the level one would expect from a 2019 film either.


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