The days when DC superheroes weren’t allowed to have fun are now officially behind us, as Shazam! follows Aquaman into theaters, bringing a new, brighter, funnier era of the DCEU with them. Our critics Ignatiy Vishnevetsky notes that Shazam! is “directed not only at actual kids of a certain age, but also at the inner 10-year-olds of grown-up viewers raised on ’80s hits” in his review of the movie, adding that, while the movie ends up being a reliably overstuffed modern blockbuster, “what is often the most businesslike part of a superhero origin story—establishing the hero’s powers—ends up becoming the most entertaining part of Shazam!, carried along by [star Zachary] Levi’s fidgety, boyish charm.”
We’re giving away passes to an advance screening of Shazam! here in Chicago this coming Monday, April 1 at the AMC Navy Pier IMAX at 7:00 p.m. To enter to win yours—pre-movie dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp not included—just follow this link and enter some basic information. Just be sure to arrive early, as advance screenings are always overbooked to ensure capacity.
Shazam! blasts into theaters on April 5.