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Movie Review Flashback: The DC Universe Strikes Twice with ‘Shazam!’

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.

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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.

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DC Strikes Twice with ‘Shazam!’

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 they 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.

shazambilly

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.

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‘Bumblebee’ Is a Perfect Family Movie

When I first heard that there was going to be a Bumblebee spinoff movie set in the 80s’ I wasn’t thrilled of the idea. The last Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, was pretty atrocious. So atrocious in fact that I can’t even watch the movie even though I have tried to enjoy it because I loved Age of Extinction so much. So, after how terrible The Last Knight was, I definitely wasn’t ready to see a Transformers movie anytime soon but after hearing that Bumblebee was actually considered a legitimate success I was super excited to see this Transformers spinoff. And it truly deserves all the praise it can get.

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Up until Bumblebee, the Transformers franchise has valued explosions and action over substance and at the end of the day, people want to come away from a film feeling that they’ve watched a good movie rather than two-plus hours of destructive hodgepodge that’ll look cool in IMAX. (I happen to be a fan of awesome eye-popping action but that’s just me.) Bumblebee detracted from that model, however, and focused highly on telling a solid story that came from the heart.

Learning Bumblebee’s origin story was kind of amazing and I enjoyed nearly every second of the film. His relationship with Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) was beautiful and very well-written. The movie took its time to set up event after event and nothing happened that wasn’t expected. The story was easily predictable but in a good way.

I found myself trying to hold back tears on a number of occasions and by the end of the movie I suddenly felt even more interested in Bumblebee. Now I want to watch Age of Extinction for no particular reason other than to see Bumblebee because now I feel I know his character even more and I love it.

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