Shazam! Trailer Review
It wasn’t just Aquaman at San Diego Comic Con that got a teaser trailer, we got Shazam too!
Warner Bros. seems to be following a trend: hire a horror movie director for a few scary projects and eventually give them a comic book property. We got James Wan, now we have David F. Sandberg who brought us horror gems like Lights Out, Annabelle Creation, and now a live action version of Shazam! Never thought we’d see the day. Let’s begin.
We get a good look at Billy Batson right out the gate going to different foster homes, having a tough childhood, and befriending Freddy Freeman played by Jack Dylan Grazer the excellent actor from last years IT. Anyone catch that shot of Batman’s batarang in the bedroom?! How did Freddy get it? Not to mention an Aquaman T-Shirt and Superman article! This is definitely one property I don’t know virtually anything about which has me curious. Freddy has a handicap and he uses it for comic relief instead which is awesome. Yet it makes him vulnerable at the same time. Cool scene involving some bullies getting a whooping outside of the school with the crutch. From the first moments in this trailer, the movie looks like its going to give us some of the troubles and shenanigans on what typical kids go through in everyday life. We get into trouble, we create our own adventures, and we deal with heartache. Not to mention debating on what kind of superheroes we want to be one day. We’ve all thought about it – don’t lie. Sometimes we still do. I do. Guilty as charged.
Next comes the subway scene and before we know it, Billy is transported to another worldly location and we get Djimond Hounsou as the Wizard. Badass actor from Gladiator and Guardians of the Galaxy. We don’t see his face, just his voice and that’s more than enough. In the last 5 years we gotten so many casting crossovers. You go from the MCU to the DCEU or from the DCEU to the MCU. It’s the new norm. Actors look for those contracts and career opportunities they need to make a living somehow. He tells Billy to say that magic word. SHAZAM! Shazam? Are you for real? Say it! Funny moment. Now in comes Zachary Levi.
Zachary Levi is the perfect choice for this role. He is a well trained comedic actor. If you get a chance check out his old show Chuck one day, do so but he also bulked heavily for the role. The man did. It’s not costume padding, even if not at first glance. Seeing him interact with Freddy Freeman were some of the best moments shown. There’s a hilarious superhero training montage as they try to figure out Billy’s powers and abilities, a funny scene involving a walk though the mall, and the iconic Shazam! transformation from child to man. What’s works in that mall scene is the fact that it’s a full grown man in a super hero costume. People are weirded out but no one can identify him cause no one has ever seen him before as he’s zapping people’s phones with lightning. While Billy is a man in the costume and in physical appearance, he still has the brain of a child. He’s a muscular man child. That idea has been done before in other movies but not in a super hero film. With great power comes great responsibility Uncle Ben said it straight back in 2002. That seems like it’ll be the big moral behind this movie; anyone can become a superhero in their own way but to handle yourself, responsibility has to come to play. That’s what’ll need to happen when Billy faces off against Mark Strong, the villain. IMDB has him listed as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Not sure what his true intensions are. We just know he’s the big bad guy and Shazam needs to “grow up and step up” to beat him.
Like Aquaman, the film is very colorful and has some great wide shots to boot. The writing is strong with rich dialogue. We don’t get a good look at some of the fight scenes that’ll eventually take place. I’m curious to see David F. Sandberg’s approach to filming the action sequences. What this teaser trailer does deliver in the end is comedy. They’re definitely going for a more light-hearted approach as opposed to what some stories in the comics have suggested. That convenient store robbery scene was gold. At least we know Shazam is bullet proof! Hey what’s up? I’m a superhero!
To grade this trailer, I’ll give it the same grade as Aquaman which is an A- It’ll be a very different film with humor a main strength and a simpler story. There should be more great jokes on display for the actual film. I wish we saw Shazam throw down in a fist fight but everything else looked amazing. I want to see this just as bad as Aquaman. DC is really trying to make some massive adjustments and what we got so far in 2018 hopes to be a promising future.
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