LEGO DC Shazam!:
Magic and Monsters
review by Bobby Blakey
DC Entertainment has been churning out the animated features left and right with each of them hitting the mark to almost perfection. Outside of their standard animated flicks they have also been bringing a ton of the LEGO themed as well. Their latest LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters looks to bring the adventure and laughs once again, but does it have the power of Zeus to be strong enough to deliver or will it fail to be worthy?
Shazam!: Magic and Monsters follows 10-year-old Billy Batson shouts a single word and, with lightning bolts flashing, he transforms into Shazam!, a full-fledged adult Super Hero. It doesn't take long for Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League to take notice and invite the earnest do-gooder to join the team. But to become a member, Billy must reveal his true identity. While fighting off the evil Mr. Mind and Black Adam, Billy learns that he must trust others - and that nothing creates trust like helping those in need.
I love the Shazam character and was surprised how well the live action film worked in the format they chose. I have been eagerly waiting for more from the character so this was a nice surprise. As with these LEGO themed films there are a tons of laughs and creative ways to bring this world to life while keeping the essence of the characters intact. Much like the other films this is not only a straight up focus on the lead this time being Shazam, but a slew of other heroes and villains. I was happy to see they mixed it up a bit with the Green Lantern this time around using Jessica Cruz instead of the usual Hal Jordan.
The animation is great as always and seeing the LEGO versions of so many new villains from the Shazam mythos was a ton of fun. They have once again delivered a fun and action packed flick that does the character justice while keep us laughing and cheering for more. Grab your copy of LEGO Shazam! Magic and Monsters available now on Blu-ray and DVD complete with a Shazam mini-figure from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.