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Rinzy Reviews ‘Shazam!’ (2019)

Release Date: April 5

Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, et al.

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As more comic book characters find their way into live-action, Shazam! is the latest to make it to the big screen.

The greatest thing going for this movie is Zachary Levi as the titular character, and I don’t even mean all the tons of muscles he added to achieve his great physique. Levi’s a perfect fit for the role, and as many online reviews have already pointed out, he was born to play Shazam!

Where this impressiveness falters is in almost every scene we get to see Shazam revert back to his original self as 14-year-old Billy Batson. Actor/musician Asher Angel does his best in the role, but I can’t help but feel he got overwhelmed by the role, a dilemma the director should’ve taken note of during casting. As a standalone character, Angel does a great job bringing Billy to live but when you put him side-by-side Levi’s, the character starts to fall apart.

For most part of his scenes, you see him acting tougher and much older than his alter ego, making it seem like its two different characters when it really should be one character in two different bodies. To me, that’s a great miss.

Mark Strong is an incredible actor, but his work here as Dr. Sivani falls short of expectation especially when you compare it with his more recent roles, like in the Kingsman franchise. This is by no means the actors fault, he’s incredibly talented, but as a result of a script laddened with cranky dialogues, fewer action scenes, and an elongated runtime. I believe a shorter, more concise story would’ve worked more in its favor. Because of this major setback, we get a villain who’s more powerful than the protagonist, but we never get to feel the gravity of the movie’s stakes. This in turn translates to an easily forgettable villain. Good news is, if the mid-credit scene is anything to go by, Dr. Silvana might be returning in the sequel; this provides the opportunity to right the wrongs done with the character.

Shazam! is a family movie, and would’ve been perfect for a Christmas release. And as a family movie it takes it’s time to preach the gospel of why family doesn’t always have to do with blood. It speaks on acceptance, especially on self-acceptance, and is a good message for children still having difficulty being the best version of themselves. Billy’s relationship with Freddy and the rest of his foster siblings is the kind of thing you want you two children always at lodgerhead to see; that despite our seeming differences we can always be there for each other.

Jack Dylan Grazer does excellent work as Freddy/Shazam’ sidekick/ Shazam’s manager. He really holds his own throughout the movie beside Levi and Angel, and so do the rest of the supporting cast.

Lest I forget, I really liked the twist in the last act. Oh my gosh! I felt electricity course through my veins when the foster kids (yeah, I’m sticking with calling them that) put their hands on the staff and yelled Shazam. Being that I’ve never read a Shazam comic book before, I didn’t know what to expect, and liked that the movie didn’t toe the line of Dr. Silvana collecting Shazam’s powers only to have it returned later in the movie for the final battle.

Shazam! is a magical, really fun movie with good comedy. Since magic in movies is almost always fun, and, also, because we’re expecting a sequel, I hope the director gets a larger budget to work with, so that it’ll have a much grander feel, and the CGI of subsequent magical creatures can look better than the seven deadly sins did in this one.

Directed by: Adam F. Sandberg

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Aquaman’ (2018)

Release Date: December 21

Budget/ Box-Office: $200M/ $488.2M

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, et al.

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It’s no secret the DC cinematic universe (popularly known as the DCEU) has been off to a rocky start since it kick-started with 2013’s Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It wasn’t until 2017’s Patty Jensen’s Wonder Woman that it found its first critical win to go with the box office wins it’d grown accustomed to, and found its footing. The road to Aquaman was filled with uncertainties with many dubbing it a crucial point in determining whether the DCEU had a future like Marvel’s to look forward to, or a done affair. I’m happy to tell you this movie might just be the best in the DCEU, critically and commercially.

The movie, Aquaman, is a rollercoaster ride, one filled with unending entertainment. The main character, Arthur aka Aquaman is a delight to watch, and at a point I felt he was Khal Drogo on steroids, which, to me, is a good thing.

Director James Wan, best known for the Conjuring movies, does a terrific job especially with the underwater scenes, they’re so beautiful that even the little time spent outside of it caused me to sulk. In these preferred scenes, there are more fantastic creatures than in the entirety of the movie Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald. I know it might sound harsh to those who haven’t seen both movies, but in die time you’ll understand why I had to say so.

Patrick Wilson’s Orm is cool. His acting is solid, and I think he did justice to the character except in two scenes where he needed to scream like a gladiator (Spartacus style)… He just didn’t have it in him. It’s a trespass easily overlooked though, might not mean a thing to most people, so I guess I’m just overreacting. The main issue I have is with his character Orm and how he lacks any real motivation for his wanting to attack the surface world. I believe a better screenplay would’ve helped make the movie better generally.

Side notes:

1 There’s a giant crab-like creature that looks like one of the Kaijus from Pacific Rim.

2 Arthur’s surname, Curry, isn’t mentioned, not once. Neither are his initials, A.C. Correct me if I’m wrong.

3 Black Manta was decent.

4 With that ending, a sequel is definitely coming.

Directed by: James Wan

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews Justice League (2017) – SPOILER FREE!

I finally saw Justice League. Lord knows I loved everything about the movie, which makes me wonder why Rotten Tomato critically panned it. The movie has a unique blend of background darkness and humour, which I loved.

Ezra Millar stands out for me as a bright spot as The Flash… my love for him since ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ just doubled.

The movie was dark enough for me not to notice Henry Cavil’s Superman’s digitally removed moustache that was complained about.

Gal Gadot (as Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman) was a darling as always; she remains the heart of the DCEU. (Themyscira also featured in this movie).

Cyborg was good. Batfleck was also good.

I loved Aquaman’s humour…

There were lots of Easter eggs, including one about a race of green ring-wearing heroes and another one I’ll let remain a secret (I shouted at the cinema once I saw it).





There was a brief fight scene that blew my mind… you’ll recognize it once you see it.

Make sure you stick around for the mid credit and post credit scenes, they’re mind blowing.

I really enjoyed watching this movie. If you haven’t, you should go check it out soon.

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