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Film Reviews

Shazam! (2019) - Shreya Sachdev

Shazam! is a 2019 fantasy film directed by David Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and many more. Shazam! is about a 14 year old boy (played by Asher Angel) who one day meets a wizard who transfers his superpowers into him. These superpowers enable the 14 year old boy to transform into a strong man (played by Zachary Levi) who can do just about anything. Therefore, the story revolves around how this boy takes advantage of his superpowers and how he soon realizes that it is his responsibility to save his foster family and everyone else from the villain (played by Mark Strong). I really loved this movie. The reason as to why I chose to watch it is because it is filmed in Toronto and from the trailer, there were beautiful scenes of skyscrapers and high buildings which really gave me a good sense of the city. Since I will be living there soon, I decided to watch the whole movie so that I could see even more of Toronto and become even more excited about where I would be living in a couple of months. Not only is the scenery amazing, but the plot line is extremely entertaining as well. What I love about this movie is that the superhero in this movie is not overconfident and knows exactly what to do in every situation. Instead, the superhero is someone who does not know how to use all his powers and is also scared to try out some of his abilities. Moreover, there’s a strong friendship created between the 14 year old boy and his younger brother, as well as his entire family. Therefore, even with all the action, there’s a soft undertone to the movie which is something we don’t really see in a lot of action movies. And of course, there’s some great comedy throughout the movie. I would give this film a 10/10 and would recommend everyone to watch it - especially in the cinema if you can.

Shreya Sachdev