Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Shazam! (2019)

Directed by David F. Sandberg

Starring Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer


Silly. This is what you get when you have director who doesn’t know comedy and you ask him to make a comedy. It’s really like a combination of Superman and Big. Even Sandberg knew this, with the moment on a floor piano thrown into one of the action sequences.

Levi is OK, though it’s hard to take him seriously with his goofy dialogue and foam suit. Did he bulk up for this at all? It all looks fake. Jack Dylan Grazer is the real star here. For a kid of 15, he’s got a ton of charisma and turns in an almost perfect, only slightly over-the-top performance. I see big things for him. How lame to get a mediocre body double for Superman at the end.

Effects and action are goofy. A textbook case of how loud effect don’t make things more exciting or interesting.

Deadpool was silly but funny. This one is just silly and dumb.

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