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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.
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!
So beyond working as an advertisement for D.C.'s other movies, Shazam! also offers a stiflingly claustrophobic cinematic landscape, which has no point of reference outside of D.C.'s own intellectual properties.
"Shazam!" operates as a thrilling fantasy and a comedy about the learning curve of growing up. It's also a stirring tale of the heroic potential that lies inside each of us, if only we're put to the test.
But turning these tropes into jokes isn't the same thing as deconstructing them, and underneath the laughs, "Shazam!" might just be the purest distillation of the comic-book ethos to come to big screen.
Buoyant and unpretentious, Shazam! aims low and mostly succeeds, a kid-friendly caper powered with enough energy to keep its target audience engaged with a fun central conceit that plays like a cross between Big and Superman.
What is often the most businesslike part of a superhero origin story-establishing the hero's powers-ends up becoming the most entertaining part of Shazam!, carried along by Levi's fidgety, boyish charm.
Supes and Bats will never die, but in Shazam, a character who's been around for seven decades and is only now breaking through into the mainstream, youngsters have a new family-friendly hero to call their own.
"Shazam!" suggests that if you're taking a superhero's powers deadly seriously, you may not be totally connecting with the spirit of the comics. The movie says: You've got to giggle at this stuff. That's part of the adventure.