Michelle Reynolds, Staff Writer

You may not have heard of him before, but you’ll know his name after watching the hilarious new DC movie, “Shazam.”

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM—this street-wise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do—have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam’s magical abilities.

“Shazam” is a superhero movie like you’ve never seen before. This movie is every kid’s dream come true. The humor is spot on! The dialogue really captures the silly and young voice of being a teenager.

The characters are endearing, and the film explores the dynamics of foster families and what it means to be a family. Though at times the plot was cliché and predictable, from start to finish, this movie was a rollercoaster of laughs, friendship and fun. Shazam explored coming of age in a way that felt endearing and innocent in an era of movies that focuses more on grit and shock value. As if written by talented young children who love superheroes, this movie truly made the audience feel young at heart.

Online critic James Cronin praise “Shazam,” stating, “This movie is for people who are heading to the theater to laugh a little and be entertained.”

This isn’t a typical DC superhero movie, but that works in its favor. Online critic Manohla Dargis claim that “the DC cinematic super-universe has been as somber as a grave. The bright, popping red of the superhero costume in “Shazam!” is an early warning sign, as obvious as a matador’s cape that the dreary and crepuscular have given way to something less self-serious and end-of-the-world grim. It’s a nice change of pace for a big-screen mega-comic, if not a revolutionary shift.”

Though all the secondary characters were standard, and the villain was cliché (though well-acted from the amazing Mark Strong), the main character Billy and his superhero alter ego Shazam really shined. They are not your ordinary characters; they are one of the most realistic and genuine characters that audiences could really form a connection with.

This movie at times felt a little too young. There isn’t a love interest. There aren’t any dramatic and violent battles. It highlights family and friends and childish humor, but it somehow works. This movie is an escape from being an adult and is truly perfect for people of all ages.

At 132 minutes, this movie flew by as audiences were deeply invested in the humorous action. The first half of the movie was much stronger than the second half, but overall this movie was just what the audience needed. At PG-13, it was light-hearted, sweet and decently action packed.

Other hero movies are loaded with grim color schemes and plots that feature realistic and depressing issues, but “Shazam” is different. With a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and still the No. 1 movie for two weeks in a row, audiences love “Shazam.” This is truly a superhero movie made to bring out your inner kid and your inner superhero.