SHAZAM Is A Fun Family Movie With A Wonderful Message

The trailer doesn't do it justice. See it anyway!

Terri Lee-Sylvester
April 05, 2019 - 10:42 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - "We all have a superhero inside of us; it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out."  That's the premise of the new DC movie SHAZAM, one that I'm predicting will be a smash hit for DC and New Line Cinema.  

Billy Batson is a 14-year-old foster kid who can turn into the superhero by shouting one word: SHAZAM!  He is chosen by an ancient wizard who has been searching for the one person who's pure of heart and strong in spirit to become "the champion".  Batson has been searching for his mother since he was three years old and the two became separated at a crowded carnival.  He's run away from numerous foster homes because he wants nothing more than to find his true family; his mom.  Becoming a superhero is the last thing that's on his mind when he escapes from two school bullies by running on board a subway train.  

While those two thugs are out to get him, a super-villain is on the hunt for SHAZAM. He's Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who wanted to be "the chosen one" when he was a child and summoned by the wizard, but ultimately didn't live up to the test.  Angry at the way things turned out, he spends his life searching for the wizard so he can exact revenge on those he holds responsible.

SHAZAM is a fun movie with a wonderful message; several in fact.  It touches on family; are you a real family if you live in a foster home, or is family only defined by flesh and blood.  It deals with honesty and integrity, keeping your word, trust, finding strength within yourself and so much more.

I really enjoyed this movie!  David F. Sandberg did a wonderful job as the director, and I also want to give a shout out to the young talented cast; an especially big shout out to Zachary Levi starring in his first movie as SHAZAM and he more than lives up to the challenge.

Starring along with Levi are Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews. 

Rated PG-13.

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