‘Shazam!’ wonderfully unique

Julianna Poe, Copy Editor

Taking place just after the events of Justice League, “Shazam!” was nothing short of exceptional.

Opening in Philadelphia in 2019, Dr. Sivana, played by Mark Strong, having dedicated his life to finding a way back to the Rock of Eternity where an ancient wizard named Shazam, played by Djimon Gaston Hounsou, lies in search of a champion, has finally been successful. There, Dr. Sivana proceeds to steal the Eye of Sin, therefore freeing the Seven Deadly Sins — envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath — and becoming their champion. This forces Shazam to pick an heir, worthy or not, which happens to be frequent runaway, foster kid Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel. Now bestowed with godly powers, Batson, with the help of amateaur superhero expert Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, must navigate the powers and villain that this new Shazam, played by Zachary Levi, now Batson, must face.

“Shazam!” is a well-written masterpiece and a must-see. Filled with action, magic and laughter, this story is unique and exciting for everyone. The meaning behind family is fantastically illustrated, as it is a recurring theme. The actors chosen were perfect for their roles.

It is good to note, however, that this movie is PG-13. While the trailer was appealing to children and adults alike, there is definitely some scenes that parents would deem too graphic, such as the Seven Deadly Sins eating people alive. Yet, there is no blood shown in these scenes.

On the topic of the Seven Deadly Sins, not only were they not mentioned in the trailer, but the visuals for them were a little cartoonish for the 21st Century. In comparison, the “Ghostbusters” graphics were more realistic.

All in all, “Shazam!” had a memorable ending that wrapped up the movie nicely and gave way for a potential sequel. Be sure to wait till the end of the credits for a sneak peek of what’s to come.