You can now book your tickets for DC comic book movie Shazam!, which arrives on Cineworld screens on 5th April. (Cineworld Unlimited members: click here to book for your Shazam! Unlimited screening.)
Here's why you need to make like a superhero and book your Shazam! tickets right now...
1. It's everyone's favourite superhero fantasy
OK, maybe not everyone's, but for those who've imagined themselves as a superhero, this is your dream movie. Directed by Annabelle: Creation film-maker David F. Sandberg, it's the story of orphaned teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is granted the ability to transform into the titular character, one complete with cape and invulnerability. Who doesn't get a kick out of that premise?
2. It's a showcase for Zachary Levi
He's appeared in a minor role in the second and third Thor movies as Fandral, but this is the role Zachary Levi has been waiting for. He charmed us on comedy series Chuck but has never really found a movie vehicle to suit his talents – until now. Levi is infectiously funny and charming as a goofier kind of superhero, one who is essentially an adolescent trapped in an adult's body. Imagine Big crossed with 1978 Christopher Reeve classic Superman and you're in the right ballpark.
3. There's an excellent supporting cast
IT scene-stealer Jack Dylan Grazer brings the attitude as Billy's new step-brother Freddy, and Kick-Ass actor Mark Strong brings the menace as villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Plus, there's an appearance from DC and Marvel regular Djimon Hounsou as the mystical sorcerer who imbues Billy with his powers.
4. It takes the DC Extended Universe in new directions
Forget the portent and murk of earlier DCEU movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Shazam! aims for the bright, frothy and funny end of the spectrum, akin to the tone of last year's Aquaman. Given that movie became DC's most successful offering with more than $1 billion in the bank, we'd say the makers of Shazam! are headed in the right direction.
5. The critics love it
The social media embargo has lifted to a whole raft of delighted responses, including this from Cinemablend's Eric Eisenberg.
DC is finally building a solid run: #Shazam is a delight! Its familiar origin structure is forgivable because of all the new it brings to the table - primarily it's gleeful, childlike enthusiasm, & heartfelt perspective on family. It's also the role Zachary Levi was born to play. pic.twitter.com/5zXtfFDBGm— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 8, 2019
ET's Ash Crossan describes the movie as virtually perfect.
#Shazam was damn near PERFECT in my book. My FAVORITE DC movie (DCEU? What are we saying now?) by far. Pure of heart, incredibly funny, full of in-jokes and references. Brought me a childlike joy to watch. This role was MADE for @ZacharyLevi... & Jack & Asher & the entire cast pic.twitter.com/rVrxjcwvCe— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) March 8, 2019
And IGN's Jim Vejvoda says the movie hearkens back to the tone of the aforementioned Superman.
Shazam! is DC’s most joyful & sweet movie since the era of Christopher Reeve’s Superman, a funny yet earnest coming of age story about a boy who learns that, well, with great power comes great responsibility. It doesn’t reinvent the superhero movie wheel, but it’s undeniably fun! pic.twitter.com/rdT8zljkxo— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) March 8, 2019
We think that ought to do it. Click here to book your tickets for Shazam!, opening in Cineworld on 5th April.