Shazam. Who in the world is Shazam? I had never heard of this character before and the name just sounded, well, corny. So I figured this was going to be another DC Comics flop that I wouldn’t want to see but as critic reviews began pouring in and I saw that nearly all of the reviews were astoundingly positive I began to have second thoughts. Maybe this movie was good after all. And then when its Rotten Tomatoes would end up being 91% I figured I had to see what all the fuss was about. I’m so glad I did.
Shazam! isn’t anything special. It’s the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who finds an ancient power and with the simple uttering of the word “Shazam!” he becomes a superhero. It’s very much your ordinary superhero origin story with a mostly predictable plot but the concise storytelling and the legitimate surprises the movie brings is what makes the movie a blast to watch.