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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:01 am    Post subject: Shazam! Reply with quote

Saw this last weekend.

Maybe, just maybe, DC has finally figured out that we are all tired of "dark and brooding". Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and now Shazam are all in brighter colors--not ridiculous "four color" stuff like from the 1960s--and the effect is working. Of course, Shazam--the original Captain Marvel, no matter what Marvel's high-dollar lawyers may say--was never a dark or brooding character since--obviously--he isn't really an adult yet.

There is a good op-ed over at CNN praising the movie from the "foster system" point of view--the parents are neither saints nor abusive assholes, they are just people who went through the foster system themselves and are now trying to help some young people start life with a stable foundation. I agree--once you get past the first 15 or 20 minutes (the movie gets off to a really slow and flat start, but even great art starts on a blank canvas) you really start to be able to connect with these people.

By the time you get halfway into the movie, it is difficult *not* to like the two characters played by young Mr. Angel (Billy Batson) and Mr. Grazer (Freddy Freeman)--they have a good working chemistry, giving the superhero movie a sort of "buddy movie" subplot and feel.

The villain, Dr. Sivana (full name Thaddeus Bodog Sivana, but they never give his full first name or his middle name), was made into a villain through verbal and emotional abuse he suffered as a child. Object lesson, there.

If you haven't seen it, go see it.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I forgot to add, without spoiling anything: Best. Villain. Monologue. Scene. Ever.
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