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‘Shazam!’ review: Zachary Levi is a superhero who actually has fun

Even before watching “Shazam!,” the new DC superhero movie starring Zachary Levi, you already know it won’t take itself too seriously. Why? There’s an exclamation point in the title. Such marquee razzmatazz is usually reserved for singing and dancing — “Oklahoma!”, “Hello, Dolly!”, “Mamma Mia!” — not world-saving. There aren’t any chorus lines in “Shazam!” (phew), but there is a refreshingly upbeat spirit that arrives like Evian in the middle of the Sahara. With hero flicks getting as weighty and self-important as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” it’s a relief to watch one let its hair down. These gloomy films could use more exclamation points. Much of the youthful energy of “Shazam!” comes courtesy of ...
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