The young 16 year old Billy is a lost and troubled teenager being moved by the city of Philadelphia's social services division from one foster home to the next from as early an age as three (3) as he keeps getting into trouble. Billy yearns to be re-united with his birth mother but to no avail. His most recent foster home placement is a kaleidoscope of four (4) other foster children, who are being raised by a married couple who were also raised as foster children themselves.
As much as Billy believes he can only rely on himself and no one else, his new foster family quickly grows on him as they reach out with love and genuine concern for his well being. Billy's moment of strength first comes to light when his yappy handicapped foster brother Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) is being bullied and although Billy's common sense is telling him to walk away he quickly realizes he needs to lend a helping fist in this fight with the much larger two (2) bullies. As a result of his sacrificing his own body for that of his new foster brother he finds himself being transformed into a vapor world where a strange wizard indulges Billy with his magic staff and the word SHAZAM which transforms Billy into a super hero.
As can be expected from any super hero there has to be a number of enemies and/or villains to fight and that is where the most evil Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) comes into the picture to wreak evil on the world but especially on young Billy's new foster family. Okay so the battles between superhero Shazam and Dr. Sivana are predictable, the ending is not so predictable but what it is, is very entertaining and leaves the door wide open for a sequel which Mrs. Shullivan and I will be most eagerly looking forward to.
On a personal note, we wish to thank set dresser Toni Wong for including our little Christmas gift to her (Santa Clause plush toy riding a motorcycle) in the pawn shop scene. This little touch made the adventure film Shazam a truly memorable family experience for the Morvay family.