Last week we shared a video with you all featuring Zachary Levi getting annoyed with autograph seekers outside the airport. We mentioned that this could be just the beginning of the madness for him, considering ‘Shazam!” hasn’t even been released yet.
And now after reading the early reviews for this comic book film, it definitely looks like Levi will need someone else to do his grocery shopping for him because this movie is going to be huge.
‘Shazam!’ won’t be released inside theaters until next week, but some critics have already watched an early screening, and they are praising the movie. Most are calling it the best DC movie yet.
It currently sits at a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with many critics going on and on about how delightful Levi is in the movie.
Owen Gleiberman from Variety writes…
Shazam!, on the other hand, is just a light, funny, grounded, engagingly unpretentious sleight-of-hand action comedy about a boy in a (super)man’s body. The movie, in other words, is Big in tights. And it’s Zachary Levi who makes that work, in much the same way that Tom Hanks did.
And Jim Vejvoda had this to say for IGN…
Shazam! is a DC’s most joyful and sweet movie since the days of Christopher Reeve’s Superman, a funny yet earnest coming-of-age story about a boy who learns that, well, with great power comes great responsibility. So obviously, Shazam! doesn’t reinvent the superhero movie, but it’s an undeniably fun time that left me wanting more big-screen adventures with these charming characters.
Here’s the thing, no one should be surprised by this because Levi has basically played this role beautifully before. He starred in the lovable TV series ‘Chuck’ for five seasons, where he played a computer nerd who gets dragged into this secret spy world and eventually (spoiler alert) learns he has special powers, thanks to a government project.
Levi was born to play this, “WHOA WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?” role.