Shazam!

Recite The Passage.

Sandberg has a huge Christmas-calibered gift coming up at the front of his door. DC striking off its streak of fumbles, may still not yet be at its best self, but is fun enough to heat some more popcorns in the box office. This surprise Summer package takes itself seriously in order to not be taken itself seriously. And this Deadpool version of DC will and does get a wider range for its polished PG-13 lexicon and people pleasing concept that basically hovers around the pop culture references i.e. from earning through social media to heating vein popping debate about comic books.

While on the other hand the themes like foster homes and parenting and responsibilities are carried out, the director, David F. Sandberg who is sticking his neck out in here on weaving a tale of a genre that he has never been part of, is the most delightful package among all the powers the film has got. Probably, because no matter how sketchy things go in the storytelling, Sandberg keeps the film to the ground. He doesn’t milk out laughs or emotional scenes with an extra effort, it just comes easy to him.

Another major notable work is how he grasps an authentic reaction before jumping in on to other scene, like when Mark Strong- the baddie- ambushes his father’s business meeting and creates a havoc in the room, the energy of that room is set practically which makers often forget to do so in a film where activities like flying is normalized to running. If the first act is introductory and the second just mocks around here and there, the third and the biggest act of all is the best. With a long action sequence, that isn’t just a feat of CGI colors but is also a part of gripping narrative.

From characters confronting their past to revelations of each other’s powers and weakness and from teaming up against the baddie to a well orchestrated battle, this more than half hour of climax amplifies the film to its peak. Zachary Levi as the sort of dream version in a red sparkly skin tight suit is just as bling as his costume is, of course, in a good way. His shaking comic body language and stuttering before uttering one-liners is just as magnanimous as his inflated arm muscles.

On the other side of the door lies Mark Strong as brooding and growling for his character that gets an equal and powerful arc to walk on or fly, feel free. But these actors that relies upon CGI to pack a punch and are- let’s be frank- on most of the posters would never be able to create the jarring impact if not for their brilliant younger supporting cast. Each of the family members are whispering their drama lightly and arguing loudly to draw in the laughs, this diverse family is something we can all connect to. Shazam! is actually the magic word that makes DC and their fans sore, look up high, the expectation has grown.

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