2019 | 132 minutes | Rated PG-13

You like your nephew! He’s nine years old, absolutely adorable, and as boring as a bar of Ivory soap. And that’s pretty much the vibe of Shazam!, which, like Aquaman, is practically begging to be known as “the fun one” in DC’s line of grumpy, mostly unenjoyable superhero flicks. Based on the old-timey Captain Marvel comics (no, not that Captain Marvel), Shazam! tells the story of orphaned Billy Batson who stumbles into a wizard’s cave and is given god-like powers (and a buff adult’s body) to become the world’s super-charged champion against the seven deadly sins. Billy yells the name “Shazam,” lightning pops out of the sky, and bam—the transformation is complete. If you’re 9 years old, you’ll think it’s pretty good. There’s not a lot here to appreciate if you’re an adult.

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Film Credits
David Sandberg
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Adam Brody, Michelle Borth, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Meagan Good