The main problem with this irregular superhero movie is that Billy and Shazam are like two completely different people, which makes it almost impossible for us to connect with the character, and it doesn't help that the goofy humor doesn't always work, despite some inspired moments.
Even while trying to make something bigger and different from the original movie, Burton ironically ends up with another useless Disney live-action remake: predictable, lifeless with its annoyingly dark cinematography and myopic whenever convenient towards animal captivity in circuses.
Tense, harrowing and benefiting from a stellar performance by Mads Mikkelsen, this is a surprising survival film that explores well the white vastness of its inhospitable locations and understands the power of silence to tell a story about compassion without the need of unnecessary words.
I like how Ozon takes his time to focus on each character before moving to the next, creating a mosaic study of the personal trauma faced by victims of pedophilia in the Catholic Church and also of the solidarity and friendship that grew between those people who shared a tragedy in common.
If Closer had been made by Ingmar Bergman, I guess the result would have been something like this, an adult, soul-crushing family drama about love, death and the effect of time on those who grieve, with an oppressive cinematography that reflects well the characters' emotional state.