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Not really a surprise, but here it is, yet another flop from DC. Don't get me wrong, I love many of their comics, they have a lot of awesome heroes and I just love what The CW does with their licenses. On big screen, though, it's one failure after another for DC. As much as I liked the idea about Ben Affleck playing batman, his script was a joke, Henry Cavill's Superman totally ruined the character in every single way possible, that crazy guy Ezra... don't even make me start with how huge that humiliation was to The Flash fans... etc, etc, etc. Ah, and there was that Suicide Squad thing. Which sucked so much that they needed to reboot it right away (something that only a few movies, like female Ghostbusters, for example, were able to achieve). There was one great exception, sure. I'm talking, of course, about Aquaman. James Wan? That's my man. He's, like, the only person out there who actually KNOWS what he's doing.
Wonder Woman was OK too, but mostly because of Gal Gadot. Who was born for her role like Hugh Jackman was born to play everybody's favorite X-Man and Robert Downey Jr. was born to play that funny and arrogant man in the shiny red suit. But aside from that, DCEU was a joke frome very beginning. A lot of bad taste, poor decisions and people who have no freakin' idea about what makes superheroes so cool. Now here comes Shazam!. Is it any good? Did DC finally get it after Aquaman's success? Well, like I said, no. Not even close. Sure, it's not as dark and depressive as early DCEU movies. Which was a right decision. But... it's just a poor movie. Very, very poor movie. Not because it's yet another origin story and we had way, WAY too many of those lately (really hard to swallow yet another one). But just because it feels like one of thise family movies that get poor ratings on IMDB. One of those that have a nice and warm feeling in them (that makes them so nice for weekends with your family), but can't really be called good movies. In other words, don't think Superman here. Think... well... The Smurfs (2011) and Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007). Especially The Smurfs, since Mark Strong is doing here EXACTLY what Hank Azaria did for Smurfs. The man is doing great, he's actually fun to watch, but you can't help but have the very strong feeling that you're watching either cheap parody, or B-movie. Shazam! is just... bad. It has a bad writing, it's poorly directed, acting feels like it belongs to sitcom...
In other words, it's a bad movie. For totally different reasons than early DCEU movies, but still, it sucks. There's one big "but", though. Like I said, the movie has a nice and warm aftertaste. Shazam! is all about family and... I'm one of those people who like such things. I mean, come on! I actually enjoyed those Smurfs movies because of that! Such movies show people the most basic and the most beautiful values in life. And even though it makes them feel very naive, it always makes me feel good. So, I didn't really suffer here all the time, but the facts are - Shazam! sucks. It feels cheap in the very bad way and if you expect jokes... well... it's not even funny. The entire audience was silent most of the time and barely laughed during the very few "lol" scenes this movie has. The connection with other DC movies also feels pretty bad. I mean, it's kind of fun to have a movie about geeks, but writing ruins it all. 3D is OK, though. But there's not much use for it here, since the movie is mostly about family talks. So... yeah. With movies like this it's not really a big surprise that DCEU is officially done now.
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