“Shazam!” will leave you gasping for air, it’s that funny

Bryana Lozoya, Digital Editor

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Okay, I can breathe now.

I was laughing so much throughout the movie “Shazam!” I almost choked on myself.

And I wasn’t the only one.

Many of the audience members in the theater with me were also laughing consistently throughout the movie at the same moments.

Jack Dylan Grazer’s performance as Freddy Freeman was incredible and by far the funniest character in the movie alongside Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and Shazam (Zachary Levi).

Together, Grazer, Angel, and Levi’s characters were comedic gold and they had amazing chemistry on screen.

Their jokes and shenanigans throughout the movie were lighthearted and did not seem forced; they acted how typical young boys would: getting into trouble and doing reckless and dangerous shit.

Despite the heavy use of comedy, the movie was also serious and dramatic intermittently, and those different elements didn’t take away from one another.

Instead, it strengthened the movie by its relatability for certain groups of people such as foster youth and children in school in general.

It shows that a movie heavy with comedy can pull off serious and emotional moments between characters.

The introduction of the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) after gaining magical ability, was savage.

Strong didn’t come to play around, and it was evident with his interactions with the characters in the movie.

He successfully pulled off the sinister, creepy bad guy vibe and was the embodiment of the typical dark and moody element shown in most DC movies.

But there was one part where the actor tried playing out a more overly dramatic but funny scene between himself and Shazam that just killed it for me.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first; initially, it was funny but then it just kept going and it became too much.

The movie did well with their special effects, especially with the looks and movements of the seven deadly sins, although the flying scenes didn’t look that well done.

The movie also did well with their cameos and easter eggs throughout the movie, they were placed where the most knowledgeable Shazam fans will definitely find them and the least knowledgeable are able to pick up that it is something to take note of.

One thing I will say is to stick around to the very end because there are two after credit scenes, one of which plays as a cliff hanger and is important to Shazam’s story.