In recent years, superheroes such as Superman, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Panther have featured in film series with complex, serious storylines about the end of the universe. However, the makers of Shazam!, which came out in China on April 5, have a different take on the superhero movie.
It’s “just a light, funny … action comedy about a boy in a superman’s body”, wrote Owen Gleiberman in his review for Variety magazine.
Billy Batson, the film’s main character, is a 14-year-old who’s been in and out of foster homes. One day, on the way to another home, Batson escapes to the subway and meets a wizard, who gives him magical powers. Whenever Batson says “Shazam” he changes into an adult-sized man with superhuman strength.
But how does he use his new superpowers? With the help of his new foster brother Freddie Freeman, Batson tests his strength like any teenager would do – by breaking the rules. He smashes open a soda machine to get a drink, tricks his teachers, and even buys beer.
但他如何使用自己的全新超能力呢？在他新“收养“的兄弟弗莱迪·弗里曼的帮助下，巴特森用青少年的方式测试了自己的能力 —— 打破规矩。他砸开自动贩卖机取饮料，捉弄老师，甚至购买啤酒。
While the film is fun and joyous, it also has emotional weight. A major part of the story is Batson searching for his real mother. And later when Batson faces the villainous Dr Thaddeus Sivana, a former misfit kid himself, he realizes that his newfound superpowers can’t fix all the problems, and that he has something precious to protect – his new family.
尽管这部电影欢乐有趣，但其中也蕴含着深刻的情感。故事的一大主线是巴特森寻找自己的生母。而后来，当巴特森面对反派希瓦纳博士 —— 他也曾是个不合群的孩子时，巴特森意识到，自己新得到的超能力并不能解决所有的问题，他还有珍贵之物要去保护 —— 他的新家庭。
“With strong messages about families of all shapes and sizes and the importance of supporting and nurturing young people, Shazam! really feels like the movie we need right now,” Den of Geek website noted.
“《雷霆沙赞！》描述了各种不同类型的家庭，表达了支持和培养年轻人的重要性，它的确就是我们目前所需的电影，”Den of Geek网站指出。