Garrett and Carson use their Spidey sense to navigate Far from Home.
If you are reading this review because you cannot decide if you should watch Avengers: Endgame or not, I can confidently say that you shouldn’t. Endgame is just that, the end of an era and the culmination of 11 years and 22 movies of Marvel’s grand experiment. A journey that started in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man has brought us to this thrilling conclusion staring over 30 A-list actors. There is only one way to truly appreciate the magnitude of Endgame and that comes with 48 hours of homework. If you have done your homework, then you were going to see this one no matter what. If you haven’t, you shouldn’t. Plain and simple.
I believe you could get away with watching Avengers: Infinity War without having seen any of the preceding movies. Sure, you might not grasp every joke or call back, but you could follow and enjoy the movie as a stand alone. That is not the case for Endgame. Endgame is best described as a tribute to everything we have seen over the past 11 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All of the previous 21 movies are referenced in one way or another. Which may sound cheesy, but it is constructed in such a masterful way that it works on all levels.
Avengers: Endgame is a movie for the fans. Comic book and movie fans alike. It is jam packed full of Easter Eggs for the super fan, but also fully invests the casual movie fan. It is a movie for all ages that only gets better with multiple viewings. It should come at no one’s surprise that Endgame will be the highest grossing movie of all time. Deservingly so. It is an event unlike anything that has ever graced the big screen. It is a wonderful finale that everyone can enjoy… after they do their homework.
Billy Batson is a young boy who has been given the ability to turn into a superhero by saying the magic word, “Shazam!” Shazam! is a fun, light-hearted, humorous, but ultimately forgettable installment into the DC Cinematic Universe. It is a superhero movie made for kids. Those that will enjoy Shazam! will add that additional disclaimer; It is good… “for a kids movie.” Unlike last year’s animated movie Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse which is just a great movie and needs no caveat.
All of the young actors did a wonderful job in Shazam! Most notably Jack Dylan Grazer and Asher Angel. These two have bright futures ahead of them and I am looking forward to their next performances. Zachary Levi was a good choice to play the title hero. He has the look and personality to pull off a grown man-child. The villain always makes or breaks the movie. Mark Strong is a good choice when looking for a sinister adversary, however, the script and tone of the movie does not let him become anything more than your stereotypical underwhelming super-villain.
With the sheer volume of comic book movies that have been released recently, Shazam! will fall into the abyss as one of the least memorable movies in the past decade. There are no cool takeaways or scenes to look forward to on a second viewing. But if you are bored on a Sunday afternoon, it is an entertaining watch… for a kids movie.