I have never liked a DC film other than Joker, and that wasn’t even a part of their main universe. I’ve tried but their films are just nowhere as good in comparison to the marvel films. Marvel films have this comedic element whereas DC films I find take themselves too seriously and their weak plot lines don’t save the films. That’s one of the reasons I really wasn’t that interested to see this film.
Another reason, is that it looked really stupid. Maybe it was the advertisements that I found extremely unappealing or maybe it's just the Shazam suit, but it didn’t look that great. I remember seeing the trailer several times in the theatre and as a fan of superhero movies, I thought it really made the genre look like a joke. The Shazam super suits are really ugly, like the worst. In comparison to other super hero films it looked very low quality and that little effort was put into the design. Maybe that’s part of the gimmick but it’s kind of ridiculous compared to all the darker more serious suits in the DC universe.
This is an interesting film for DC because it doesn’t feel like a DC film to me. It's the comedic approach, and the child's perspective that make the film very different from what I’m used to seeing from them. If you look at Joker or any of their DC extended universe films like Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad, they have obviously a lot darker tones. I think this film is important to gain back that young demographic that arguably, DC has lost over the years to Marvel, which tends to be much lighter and funny.
It is not a high quality caliber of film in comparison to other films in the genre, but it is a good film. I really liked it and I think the actors and the characters they played brought a lot to the film. The premise is pretty good and well executed. In terms of effects and cinematography, it is nothing special compared to other films in the genre, but honestly I was again not expecting that from this film.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the film a lot more than I thought I would. I only watched it out of boredom and running out of things to watch on Netflix, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think the characters are easy to connect to, and by having a kid as a superhero he becomes a real role model for young people. The main idea is that anyone can be a hero and I think kids can see themselves in Billy and Freddie. The film really leaves you with a smile on your face. I loved the ending and thought there was a lot of good messages throughout the film about family, finding your place in the world, and doing what is right not what is easy.