An ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou) bestows upon Billy the power of Shazam, an acronym for the gods from which he receives his power. When he yells “Shazam!,” Billy gets the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. All that power turns Billy into an adult demigod, but he’s still a kid on the inside.
Mark Strong, who was spectacular as Sinestro in the otherwise dreadful “Green Lantern,” finally gets to sink his teeth into the role of a fully formed DC villain. As Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, he’s broken bad as someone obsessed with proving magic is real. He sees the destruction of Shazam as the best way to get what he wants.
Sandberg uses Strong’s intimidating presence to put his horror directing skills to good use. Children should love “Shazam!,” but they might have to cover their eyes a few times.
That’s how David Sandberg, a director mostly known for horror, has delivered the most fun DC movie of all time, which arrives in theaters April 5.
Excerpt from Washington Post