And so The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films comes to an end.
But what film could be lurking behind door 24?
Why it’s only the utterly brilliant 2019 superhero movie Shazam!.
When it comes to superheroes on the silver screen, there’s no denying that Marvel/Disney have had considerably more success in recent years than DC/Warner Bros and certainly the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far more coherent than the DC Extended Universe. That said, inconsistent though DC./ Warner Bros have been, on the few occasions that they get it right, they really get it right.
And with Shazam! they got it spectacularly right.
Lighter in tone and eminently more fun than most superhero offerings these days, it still packs enough of a punch to keep action fans interested.
Given that the eponymous hero is a teenage boy who transforms into a an adult (Asher Angel and Zachary Levi do a remarkable job of convincing us that they are the same person) comparisons with 1988’s Big are inevitable, and it’s nice to see a little homage to one of the more memorable scenes from that film in this one.
Shazam! is immensely entertaining from start to finish and easily one of the best offerings within the DC Extended Universe alongside 2017’s Wonder Woman.
Score for Christmasishness
In spite of its release in April of this year, Shazam! is about as Christmas(ish) as they come. Tinsel and baubles abound and there are multiple scenes with a cowardly (and foulmouthed) Santa. The final showdown between good and evil takes place in a Christmas fair and there is snow aplenty throughout the movie. Even the prologue at the beginning is set during Christmas 1974. This is a movie that is virtually guaranteed repeat viewings every December.