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Zachary Levi’s ‘Shazam!’ Is ‘Pure Superhero Entertainment’ and 6 Other Electrifying Reviews

Reviews are in for Zachary Levi’s “Shazam!” and most critics agree — it’s a “slick” and “entertaining” superhero film, and “DC’s most joyful and sweet movie since the days of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman.’”

The DC film starring Zachary Levi in the title role of an adult superhero with the spirit of a 14-year-old won’t be hitting theaters until April 5, but it’s already showing signs of blockbuster potential, thanks to word of mouth from impressed critics.

While one critic called “Shazam!” the “slickest DC movie in years,” TheWrap’s own film critic Alonso Duralde says, “This new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.” Overall, the film currently holds a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“‘Shazam!’ is such an unexpected joy from start to finish — at a time when Hollywood is choking to death on all the superhero films that studios keep ramming down its throat, here comes one that looks at the genre in a different light and reconceives it on a human level,” said IndieWire’s David Ehrlich. ‘Shazam!’ is easily one of the most fun superhero movies ever made.”

However, Entertainment Weekly‘s Chris Nashawaty wrote: “Whenever Levi is on screen […] the movie soars… ‘Shazam!’ is basically two movies in one. One with Levi and his wiseass foster brother (a fresh Jack Dylan Grazer), the other with Strong and all his snarling, computer-generated gobbledygook. And they both have the other in a headlock, wrestling for the soul of the story. I loved one, yawned through the other.”

“Shazam” follows foster child Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen as “Champion of Eternity” by an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou) and granted the ability to transform into the

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