Shazam! 15

7pm Saturday 12 October *tickets on sale soon*

Location: Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, Essex, CB11 3TR
Doors open: 6.30pm

A gloriously funny and upbeat film based on the DC comic about a fourteen-year-old foster kid who can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam!

DIRECTOR David F Sandberg
CAST Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Borth, Mark Strong

In this hugely enjoyable, family-friendly comic book adaptation, teenager Billy Batson is a streetwise foster kid unexpectedly granted super powers. Able to turn into the adult hero Shazam simply by saying the name out loud, Billy gleefully tests out the superpowers suddenly at his disposal. Full of optimism and childlike wonder, this is a gloriously upbeat film full of humour, joy and action.
(2019 USA 132 mins)

The wrinkle that makes Shazam! different from other superheroes is that he’s literally a kid’s wish-fulfilment fantasy. Crusading reporters and millionaire playboys are as obviously enviable as their caped identities, but young Billy Batson (Angel) – originally a homeless orphan, to rub it in – is an underpowered kid like most of his original readers … Shazam! makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness. And – yes – it delivers the requisite lightning-strike punch-’em-ups with considerable force.  Kim Newman, Empire

BBFC advice: Contains moderate violence, threat, horror, innuendo and bleeped strong language
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