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Shazam! Social Reactions: A Hilarious, Heartfelt Superhero Version of Big

Social media reactions say DC has knocked it out of the park with a wholly satisfying wish fulfillment adventure.

by | March 7, 2019 | Comments

The DC Extended Universe has been on a roll with solo superhero movies, and now coming off the franchise’s biggest global hit yet with Aquaman, they have another winner on their hands, according to the first reactions from critics on social media. Shazam! is smaller but arguably more fun, and it’s less connected to the DCEU than past installments, which makes it especially appealing. The real sell, though, seems to be how much heart there is in this installment. It sounds like it’s not just great but totally lovable.

Here’s what the critics are saying about Shazam!:


Does DC have another hit?

Shazam! is another win for DC.
Germain Lussier, io9

DC is finally building a solid run. Shazam! is a delight!
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

Shazam! is an absolute delight!
Perri Nemiroff, Collider

I LOVED every second of it. A colorful, vibrant, vital addition to the DCEU.
Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction


How does it compare to other DC movies?

I absolutely loved Shazam! It’s my favorite DC film yet.
– Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

I’m gonna go out on a limb and call Shazam! my favorite DCEU movie.
– Mike Ceccini, Den of Geek

DC didn’t try and make a movie that fits in perfectly with the larger DC Universe. They just focused on making a great Shazam movie and hit a home run.
– Steve Weintraub, Collider

Shazam! is DC’s most joyful and sweet movie since the era of Christopher Reeve’s Superman… as liberated a comic book movie for DC as Deadpool was for Fox-Marvel.
– Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies


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(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

What makes it stand out?

Shazam! is the superhero film that you never knew you needed… This is what going to the movies is all about.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

It encapsulates the wish fulfillment and wonder of superhero comics in a way that will appeal to kids whilst being filled with non stop surprises for big comic book fans too. I loved it.
Rosie Knight, Nerdist

It is really well balanced, gets the magical wonder of the character and his world right, and somehow never feels like it’s trying too hard.
Mike Ceccini, Den of Geek

It doesn’t reinvent the superhero movie wheel, but it’s undeniably fun!
Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies


It’s basically the superhero version of Big, right?

Shazam! is a super-powered Big… vivid character-driven action, heartrending central relationships and fully earned, totally satisfying emotional moments.
– Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction

It’s a superhero Big. (How did it take so long?)
Drew Taylor, The Playlist

Shazam! is parts Home Alone, parts Big, a crowd pleasing family-friendly joy-filled wish-fulfillment superhero film.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

It’s exactly what they set out to make: Big meets Superman.
Steve Weintraub, Collider


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(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Is it funny?

Hilarious and cute.
Rachel Heine, Nerdist

It’s funny and the tone is exactly right.
Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia

Funny yet earnest.
Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies

Even funnier than the trailers make it look.
Mike Ceccini, Den of Geek

An absolute blast from start to finish, full of heart and hilarity. My face hurt from smiling so much.
Dan Casey, Nerdist

Loved Shazam! It’s super fun, very funny (a few times people were laughing so loud I missed dialogue).
Steve Weintraub, Collider


Does it dare to go dark?

Sometimes feels like if Joe Dante or Robert Zemeckis made a superhero movie in 1985. It’s a family movie, but the villain and the magical stuff is just scary enough to give it that edge, and it never swings too far in either direction.
Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek

Reminds of me of when kids’ movies were legitimately scary (in a good way).
Dan Casey, Nerdist


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(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Does it work as a family movie?

Shazam! stands out because of the emotional, family story at its center… the family stuff is dynamic and powerful.
Germain Lussier, io9

Its familiar origin structure is forgivable because of all the new it brings to the table, primarily it’s gleeful, childlike enthusiasm and heartfelt perspective on family.
– Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

Super vibrant, tons of heart and a great fun-loving vibe. The family element is a big charmer.
– Perri Nemiroff, Collider

Fantastic! Full of heart and pure childhood wish fulfillment.
– Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia

I was surprised at how much it wears its heart on its sleeve.
– Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

It’s an amazing family movie with dope fight scenes and great humor! You guys are going to love it.
– Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color


How is Zachary Levi?

Zachary Levi as Shazam was perfect casting.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

Zachary Levi is perfectly cast.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

It’s the role Zachary Levi was born to play.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

Zachary Levi is terrific!
Drew Taylor, The Playlist

Zachary Levi is perfect in the role, and so is Asher Angel.
Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia


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(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Are there any other standouts?

Said this after IT but it’s worth repeating: Jack Dylan Grazer is a star.
Perri Nemiroff, Collider

The kids absolutely steal the show.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

The real surprise is Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman. Steals the show.
Steve Weintraub, Collider


Any complaints at all?

I had some small issues with the hero/villain aspects.
Germain Lussier, io9

Gets a bit over the top and cheesy at times.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm


What does this mean for DC, then?

Excited to see more fun superhero moves from DC.
Rachel Heine, Nerdist

DC is def on a winning streak. Bring on Todd Phillips’ Joker!
Steve Weintraub, Collider


Shazam! opens everywhere on April 5.

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Shazam! (2019)
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Adjusted Score: 108.726%
Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.
Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

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