Shazam!

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An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.

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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 (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word--SHAZAM!--this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart--inside a ripped, godlike body--Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Cast

Mark Strong (II)
as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
Asher Angel
as Billy Batson
Ian Chen
as Eugene
Marta Milans
as Rosa Vasquez
Cooper Andrews
as Victor Vasquez
Ron Cephas Jones
as The Wizard
Michelle Borth
as Mary Shazam
Meagan Good
as Darla Dudley (Adult)
Stephannie Hawkins
as Bus Passenger #6
Lovina Yavari
as Store Clerk
Natalia Safran
as Mrs. Sivana
Caroline Palmer
as Billy's Mom
Ava Preston
as Lillian Price
Evan Marsh
as Burke Breyer
Cassandra Ebner
as Bus Passenger #2
Andi Osho
as Ms. Glover
Mitra Suri
as Bus Passenger #1
Lotta Losten
as Lynn Crosby
Shayna Ryan
as Art Museum Goer
Heather Capuano
as Carnival Goer
Cyndy Day
as Mom on Airplane
David Kohlsmith
as Young Billy
Rachel Boyd
as Senior Girl
Rachel Boyde
as Senior Girl
Angelica Lisk
as Hann-Bus Passenger #7
Kerri Kamara
as Attractive Lady
Simon Northwood
as Businessman
Paloma Nunez
as Realtor
Lou Lou Safran
as Sivana's Twin Sisters - 12 Years Old
Brian Kaulback
as Mall Santa Claus
Carson Manning
as Board Member
Harper Gunn
as Little Girl at Carnival
Ali Badshah
as Mehmet Kotil
John Stead
as Bus Passenger #5
Adam Rodness
as The Receptionist
Jeff Sanca
as Bus Driver
Jesse Bond
as Father at Carnival
Stephen Alexander
as Carnival Goer #1
Tosh Robertson
as Student #3
Dana Reznik
as Carnival Mom
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Critic Reviews for Shazam!

All Critics (385) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (346) | Rotten (39)

  • Pretty bland... A little too light, fluffy, and negligible.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • After lazy reliance on phoney gravitas and blundering with its first serious stab at levity with Aquaman, DC has found a comic torch-bearer of pure heart to illuminate the path of righteousness ahead.

    Apr 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a bummer when the bad guy shows up and Shazam becomes like every other superhero movie - worse, really, because the storyboarding is so poor that it's hard to tell what's going on. In the climax, Sandberg misses nearly every one of his marks.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In context and considering the movie monstrosities that have preceded it, Shazam! is irrepressibly fresh and wholesome, and ultimately suggests a new and exciting future for the stars of the DC Extended Universe. Up, up and away!

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shazam!

  • Dec 06, 2019
    The funny thing with Shamaz is it almost feels like half of it is an indie film about an orphan boy finding a family and the other half is this wacky superhero movie. The other funny this is, it kind of works! Kind of. Both parts I actually really like. I didn't think I'd like all the other orphan kids, his new family, but I really enjoyed their stories. The superhero comedy stuff all works too. Zachary Levi is absolutely fantastic as an adult superhero with a child's mind, and he's just damn funny. The villain is a bit standard, but still enjoyable enough, and the movie is just a great time. Where it doesn't quite work for me, and really my only nitpick, is the blending of the two elements. I don't quite buy Shazam and Billy Batson as the same character. Billy is this brooding sad character, and Shazam is fun and wacky. I guess it's supposed to be something like with Spider-Man where when he's in the suit, he lets loose and feels more free to get all his quips going, but with Spider-Man that works better because the character is still played by Tom Holland. With this, it's two different actors, and it really does feel like two different characters. Yeah Zachary Levi feels like a kid, but just not this kid. Other than that though, Shazam really is a ton of fun.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2019
    The dark DC Universe goes kiddie with the lighthearted, comedic superhero film Shazam! When 15-year old Billy Batson is given magical powers by a wizard he turns to his foster brother for help, and soon discovers that there's a super-villain who's trying to take his powers from him. Zachary Levi gives a pretty good performance, as does Mark Strong, but the material doesn't really let them do much. The characters are all broad, one-dimensional stereotypes (particularly the villains). And, none of the action scenes are all that impressive, and the character designs for the Seven Deadly Sins aren't scary. More Disney than any Marvel movie, Shazam! is a silly kid's film that doesn't fit the cinematic universe that DC has been building.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2019
    The titular Shazam and has alter-ego Billy Batson feel like completely different characters. This is not unheard of for a superhero by any stretch, but when accompanied by a change of actor, it's a pretty jarring situation. I also have a hard time figuring out who the target demographic is with this thing. Seems all over the place. But! at the end of the day, the most important question is "Did I enjoy Shazam!?" and to that the answer is still somehow yes. Probably the best that the DCIThoughSheWasWithUniverse has to offer, with the glaring exception of Wonder Woman.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Feels even more like the "odd man out" of the franchise than "Wonder Woman". It has a real sense of fun, which these movie's desperately need.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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