Very good movie, IMO. Incredible story of one kid learning to be a hero. Did anyone else get the 80's "Punky Brewster" tv show vibe when Batson got separated from his mom when he was young, and was (almost) never able to find her?
In "Punky Brewster" (for those who weren't around then in the 80's), was an under 10 year old girl who was left in the car by her Mom as she went into a store, and never came back. The cops tried to find her, so she was temporarily-adopted by a man named Henry Warnimont, played by George Gaynes, for the time being. Turns out the cops couldn't find the Mom, and theorized she didn't want to be found, for some reason, so Henry became her new permanent guardian. It also made me think of Tom Hanks' 80's flick "Big," were a boy's wish made him a grown up with a kid's mind, and he did stuff with his kid-friend while trying to live as an adult.
I wish the kids had decided on the name SHAZAM before the end of the film. It's a shame they can't call him Captain Marvel, besides rights with Marvel, but also the other "Marvels" towards the end. What will they be called, if there's another movie?
Dr. Thaddeus Sivana: From the pics I've seen of the comic-character from post-crisis New Earth and New 52 Prime Earth on dc wikia, the film version looks like the latter. I'm guessing the staff thought that look looked better.
The one thing I really liked the most was how SHAZAM was still kid Batson mentally, and eventually had to go from weak, powers-showoff to brave, powers-understanding, responsible hero to take down the villain.
Did the adopted parents also figure out Batson was SHAZAM?
What happened to the beer SHAZAM and Freddy got? Can't remember.
Overall, I'd give it about an 8 out of a 10. Hope they do a sequel.
Sequel is already being discussed last I read, also they may try to accelerate sequel development before the kid actors start growing up to avoid recasting issues or cgi de-aging
Definitely was channeling Tom Hank's BIG
As to Punky Brewster, eh, if you say so, I never saw that series. I did feel bad for Billy when he finds her only to realize that she basically cast him aside as she realized she was too young to be a mother at the time and didn't want the responsibility and felt others could do better. His father is out of state and a felon I believe they stated and she was living with someone that sounded like a jerk. Guess they felt that to be more tragic then his parents being dead.
I dont think his adoptive parents know, they would flip out if they did. As it stands we now have all the kids with powers, and the parents do not know.....sounds like Marvel's Power Pack.
After they tried the beer and spit it out they went back in and got standard junk food and soda.