The fact remains that Shazam! possesses a delinquent, debonair and carefree character that pleases us.
With Shazam! DC Comics takes us somewhere else. The feature film is more of a comedy genre than a conventional superhero fantasy adventure film. We are closer to a Kick-Ass (less violence) than a Avengers/Justice League.
On the other hand, even if Shazam! makes a lot of effort to make his audience laugh, he is not as funny as we expected. On the other hand, the French translation confiscates much of the comic aspect of the film from the original version. The sarcastic tone of DC Comics’ work is a special asset that must be handled with caution. This fine line between the serious and the absurd is fragile and the dubbed version often turns production on one side or the other. The French voice of the adult protagonist is not very convincing either. We are far from the proposal of Zachary Levi, who embodies, it must be said, a naive and endearing man-child.
The fact remains that Shazam! possesses a delinquent, debonair and carefree character that pleases us. This improbable superhero and his intellectual sidekick, played by the very convincing Jack Dylan Grazer, give us crazy scenes that we did not imagine to see in a film of this type. Deliberately imperfect, it is much easier to forgive the use of clichés and chance to explain less credible circumstances than it would be with a more licked and serious production. The feature film presents family and cooperative values that can only be applauded.
At times, Shazam! also gives us the impression of being a comic strip in real pictures and it’s refreshing. While some superhero movies are tough, heavy and violent, this one is for the whole family. No blood (or almost no) or too dark and disturbing sequences, we remain in lightness, nonchalance and authenticity.
With its 132 minutes, impossible, however, not to admit that Shazam! is too long. The writers could have cut as much in the verbose introduction as in the interminable conclusion or even completely withdraw the few interventions of these two little thugs who bring nothing concrete to the development of the main history. The film could have lived with 30 minutes less and we dare to believe that it could even have been more effective and impactful.
With all these superheroes bombarding our screens with laser beams, arrows, hammers, punches, kicks, grapples and explosives, we appreciate that one of them thinks of sending us some immature jokes in the process. Even if it is Shazam! It could have been even better (you can feel all its untapped potential), it’s the best DC Comics movie so far or at least, its most accessible.