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  • Yet to watch this movie but I hope I will, soon. 😀 (As soon as it comes on prime video, that is 😂😂) And there’s Zachary Levi in the lead so… 😍

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  • Okay anything called Shazam and I’m out of here… but then Lashaan decided to review this surely stupid college movie so I decided I would see if you somehow had morphed into a totally different dude. And I find a cute and adorably funny family movie!! WHAT?! You are no longer my violence loving friend!! Hahaha great review!! You totally sold me and the trailer even doubled my desire to see Shazam (still a really stupid name…)

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  • Once this goes to bluray/dvd and our library picks it up AND the waiting list is reasonable, I’ll probably watch it. If I watch it around Christmas time, will that be enough to make it a Christmas movie? 😀

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  • I remember the Shazam and Isis Power Hour live-action tv show from Saturday mornings.’Traveling the highways and byways,’
    Too bad a terrorist organization usurped her name.
    I did not have any interest in seeing this, but your review and the charming teaser changed my mind.
    Happy Trails!

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  • I’ve seen it and I’ve enjoyed it. A cute, light movie with a few laughs. However, as your stars say – it was nothing THAT special.
    What makes a movie a Christmas one? If it has Christmas trees, snow, hot cocoa and ice skating in it then it definitely is. However, I am the kind of person who does not care about seasons. Ice cream tastes as good in the winter as it does during summer. I like watching ANY movie around Christmas time and I’ve watched Christmas movies in May before.

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  • Your description “Like Tom Hank’s ‘Big’ with superpowers” was accurate and amusing! 😂 I think this has been one of my favourite super hero movies of 2019. How did you Shazam compared to Spider-Man Homecoming? Both being movies that have a somewhat younger superhero, and generally more comedic arc.

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    • Hahhah it really had that idea at its core! 😂 Like I’ve mentioned, it’s not an ambitious movie with crazy ideas. It takes things we’ve seen before and delivers something fun. As a huge fan of Spider-Man (my favourite MARVEL hero), I did appreciate it a lot for its portrayal of a young Peter Parker, with a sense of humour that works well with the character. I did do a review for it way back then too, if you’re ever curious to know more. I did final that ending was a bit accelerated too. What I like with Shazam is that it doesn’t just explore a kid in a man’s body but also a kid who’s trying to fit into a new family (or the other way around). It’s oriented around the idea of exploring family than friendship too.

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  • Spot-on review my friend and you make a very good point about the fact this should actually be a Christmas movie which it absolutely should be! I’m glad you had fun with this, I was onboard as soon as Zachary Levi was cast and having previously read the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank New 52 story I had an idea of what to expect and it is exactly what it needed to be – a fun, heartwarming and often magical superhero adventure. It’s a shame it didn’t perform better at the box office but given the size of the budget and the positive critical reviews it shouldn’t hurt the chances of the sequel getting green-lit.

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    • I’d definitely prioritize it as a Christmas Holiday rewatch since I always make it a tradition to revisit Christmas-themed movies around that period without celebrating that day in particular! And yes, I was honestly convinced it was going to flop but I’m glad it proved everyone wrong. I’m still sad that the Worlds of DC universe is a bit messy at the moment. I can’t tell if the upcoming movies (Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad 2, Shazam 2, etc.) have a plan or not right now…

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        • Yep and with the casting announcement recently, SS2 sounds… explosive… I’m scared about what the next Batman movie will be like though. There are so many villain rumours being thrown around, and rumours on what comic book stories it’ll be based on… I just hope they don’t try and do too much in just one movie…

          P.S. Do you have any idea why volume 10 of the Detective Comics series hasn’t yet been announced (the collected edition)? I’m postponing my reading and my review of it until they confirm what issues are contained in it and I find it odd that they still haven’t released anything about it…

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          • Man, I completely trust the director for Batman as he delivered those incredible Planet of the Apes films. I think it could work depending on how the various villains are utilised and to what degree.

            Just checked and the next Detective volume has been announced, except it’s not volume 10 instead they’re reverting to volume 1 (titled “Arkham Knight”) and putting it out in hardcover as it’s a new run (Tomasi’s). They seem to do that, I see it’s the same with the new Aquaman run.

            Curiously there’s no release date showing on Amazon. DC have started a troubling trend of cancelling collected releases, I was annoyed about the cancellation of the new edition of Absolute Dark Knight Returns which I’d pre-ordered.

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            • I saw that volume but then I also found Detective Comics: Mythology and both of those volumes seems to collect different issues… A bit annoying to not know what’s the final product and what issues are collected for sure. And man, that definitely sucks… I’ve seen a lot of collected editions get delayed too. Quite a volatile market.

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  • I enjoyed it, though I felt it neither here nor there: some scenes were too scary for kids, some themes tackled in a way proper for seven-year-olds, but not for teenagers. It was as if the creators had totally forgotten what it is to be a kid 😛
    And yes, I felt Strong’s talent was wasted on Sivana. But the chemistry between the kids was there, and Levi pulled his weight here. I’d probably go more for 6/10, but hey – it’s me, and I don’t even like the Shazam character 😉

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      • I am VERY excited for the sequel, which, unfortunately, will be released in 2022. I hope they have Black Adam, as his standalone is coming in 2021–hopefully, this turns to be a proper timeline for Shazam.

        P.S. Will you be reviewing ‘A Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover?

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        • Oh man, I pray that Black Adam will be done justice and not made a joke out of! Last thing I heard is that the cinematographer for Joker (2019) was recruited for Black Adam. That should promise us a very visually-stunning movie! 😀

          Ohhh, I hoped to indeed review it once part 4 and 5 comes out later in January! 😀 So far into the crossover, it has been SOOOO much fun! 😀

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          • They should have that marvelous cinematographer for the whole DC cinematic universe.

            I have made a timeline post for the honorable mentions and cameos in the Crisis. I would be tuned for your review. For me, it was exciting to the point of screaming, especially when Constantine knocked on the door of my favorite devil; I am a fan of both and adore their comics.

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            • I am soooo thrilled to hear about someone who actually watches these shows and enjoys them!!! I’d definitely like to see that post of yours but I can’t seem to find your blog… You name links me back to “neveenhb.wordpress.com” and that link seems to be dead. I also found “neveenwritings.wordpress.com” but I can’t find the post in question… Do you have a link? 😮

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