Review: Shazam (2019)

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“Billy Batson, I choose you as champion.”
– The Wizard

SYNOPSIS: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM. – this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam. – via IMDB

I caught this on opening weekend and have just been faffing around about publishing. This wasn’t really on my radar until Zachary Levi was cast in it, and then I was sold. I mean really? Chuck Bartowski? Beyond sold! Then it was forgotten until a few months ago and I saw the trailer, and it looked like plenty of fun. When it was released, it was legitimately the first movie in months I was willing to go to the cinema to see. Glad I did.

Shazam certainly is a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it. It is not the greatest movie of all time, but it is an easy watch. Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer have fantastic chemistry, and you can certainly tell that Levi is having a total ball. Asher Angel, too, is quite sweet as the young Billy Batson. I really liked how Victor and Rosa try to make a difference in these kids’ lives, and they seem to be such genuine, sweet people.

The third act of the movie is just a little bit too cheesy for my taste. It got a little bit too much and was a bit cringy, but not so much that it spoils the movie. I also feel that Mark Strong’s villain was very flat and generic and not really developed as much as he could have been. Also, some of the humour was most certainly geared at kids, but that isn’t really a problem because I think this is a great movie for kids.

Anyway, while Shazam has some issues, it is still amusing, and was certainly worth a watch.

Sporadic Scene: Chuck (Season 2×04) – DJ Casey

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This is just one of those gems. I love Chuck, it is one of the best shows I have ever seen for sheer comedic value, and few things thrilled me as much as NSA agent John Casey. His growling, his attitude, his clothes, his love for weapons, all great. So to see him hop around as the pleasant and super cool party DJ was a real treat as it was so against character, and had me in stitches for ages after it. It remains one of my favourite undercover Casey outfits of all time.

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Top Ten Television Crushes

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Alright, so Table 9 Mutant, Samantha at Sci-Fi Drama Queen, Abbi at Where The Wild Things Are and I were briefly discussing one of these, which I had been contemplating. Sounds like Mikey may join the fray, too. At any rate, I thought that this would be fun to do one and got it together. Without further ado, we’re off!

Sam Witwer as anyone, but I will go with Aidan Waite in Being Human (US)

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As Doomsday or a centuries old vampire or even Starkiller, this guy is just hot, and plays that tortured but strong character so damn well! Aidan Waite is pretty awesome, what with his morals and willingness to do whatever it takes to make  everything right, to protect, to kill, to survive. Also endlessly entertaining, I really do enjoy him!

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural

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Leather jackets, great music, wicked sense of humour that cracks me up each and every time, hiding in the shadows and so damaged it isn’t even funny, though he keeps a brave face because it is what he is expected to do. Fiercely loyal though incredibly jaded, Dean Winchester is one of my go to choices!

Evan Peters as Tate Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House (as they are calling it nowadays)

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I really, really liked him in all the American Horror Story seasons, though I am not totally sold on Coven, though he started with such promise. However, in Murder House, he nailed that role of psychopath perfectly. He was gorgeous, he was charming, he had a boy-like quality to himself, an innocence that he wore and worked with so well. You know that what Tate is doing is wrong, yet at the same time he manages to wrap you right around his little finger and be done with it.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead

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Yes. Yes. Do we see the cigarette? The long hair? The self assurance? The sheer badassness of the guy? Well then I really don’t need to keep justifying.

Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski in Chuck

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Now we all know there are very few things to me as hot as a geeky, nerdy guy, so there was no ways that nervous old Chuck was not going to make the list. He is adorable, he is smart and damn hilarious, is a Star Wars fan as well as a little self conscious, which always works in his favour!

Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop in Fringe

Jackson is not my regular cup of tea, but whatever. Peter Bishop was incredibly smart and well dressed (those jeans and jacket were always just wow), steadfast and always thinking out of the box, yet damaged in some inexplicable way (though that got cleared up later), he managed to string me along just fine all the way.

Dan Feuerriegel as Agron in Spartacus

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Alright, here it is. There are few things that thrill me like a man with a nice mouth and nice teeth. This guy… I don’t know, so not my average cup of tea but then he was just gorgeous, and that smile was a killer (we can completely overlook the fact that he was not straight for the show, he was just something absolutely gorgeous to behold).

Alexander Skarsgård Eric Northman in True Blood

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Though I stopped watching this after I dragged myself through the third season, I have to say that what kept me watching for so long (seeing as I cannot stand Anna Paquin and was not thrilled with the concept), Eric Northman remained quite worth the watch, to be honest, but the show just slid so badly downhill not even he could draw me back. But never mind that, pretty yum, right? Maybe I should just get over the fairy crap and see where it all goes…

Matthew Gray Gubler as Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds

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Reid. Too smart. Ridiculously smart. I adore intelligence in a man. Reid, on the other hand, is intensely intelligent, slightly socially stunted yet absolutely sweet, trying his hardest and has a boyish quality to him that just somehow works here.

Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli in Heroes

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The brother that was always trying, that was genuinely good in his heart, the man who wanted to make a difference in the world, who was overly curious and intent on getting to the bottom of things, and yes, just damn fine. Oh goodness, I think I have a thing for male nurses…

Honourable Mentions:

Dustin Clare as Gannicus in Gods of the Arena

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More long hair, determination and immense amounts of confidence? Winner all around.

Tyler Blackburn as Caleb Rivers in Pretty Little Liars (don’t judge me monkeys, my best friend roped me into this).

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The hair… the long hair. I am sold on long hair more often than not. Combine that with dark exotic looks and absolutely gorgeous dark brown eyes and a devil-may-care attitude to mask how nice and caring he is underneath it? Just my cup of tea.

Liam McIntyre as Spartacus in Spartacus

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Yep, I am aware that there is more Spartacus on my list but really, these were probably the hottest rebellious slaves in all history with the world’s greatest dental work. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Spartacus was the fearless leader of the slave rebellion, intent on reclaiming his freedom and avenging his dead wife and all the dreadful things he had been made to do under threat of death. Very caring yet at the same time cold and brutal, Spartacus really was the man to watch strive to make a difference, as well as witness the loyalty people felt towards him.