This is the first DC movie that I have been genuinely excited about for about a decade now, and I have to say it wasn’t what i was expecting. The reviews for this film were through the rough 90%+ on Rotten Tomatoes, and that was really surprising me because the lead up to the movie was low expectations because of the very cheesy trailers that we received. This movie really surpassed a lot of expectations for many, and for myself it was much more focused on the character development of Shazam and the theme of family much more than action and CGI pieces.
I did enjoy Shazam for the most part. We sill start with the bad before the good because there was not much to dislike with the film. My main issue with Shazam was the CGI of the seven deadly sins. The main villain of the film Doctor Sivana had demons that he could summon on command to help him in battle, and I must say… the CGI for those characters was hideous. It felt like a 2005 Nickelodeon movie CGI job. The monsters from Scooby-Doo Skull Island looked better. That being said Doctor Sivana as a villain had some good development that started the movie off with him as a young child given the chance to become the all powerful Shazam, and he showed he had too much darkness in his heart to take the mantle. This drives him mad with revenge to take the power of Shazam which gives a very solid plot point for the villain. Then the only other negative I had with the movie was some of the jokes were very lame and didn’t land at all. Which was a little cringy, but not terrible by any means.
This movie really replicated what Marvel did with Ant Man. A much more light hearted film that revolved more around the theme of family and the development of the main character rather then big budget action scenes. Shazam does an amazing show with the coming of age story of Billy Batson to mature over such a short period of time so he can become the hero the world needs at this given time. Growing up Billy had no interest in family running from foster home after foster home, but after meeting Freddie and becoming Shazam he starts to realize how important family can be. Which was a really nice change of pace of a lot of current superhero films being love interest/power development. The movie also did a very good job in the marketing by not spoiling a very huge plot twist at the end with the whole Shazam family getting abilities. This is something I knew we would see eventually in the movie arch, but I did not expect it in the first film of Shazam which was a very pleasant surprise to say the least.
All in all Shazam was a very enjoyable superhero film that did a very good job at breaking the current mold of introduction superhero films. It definitely is getting the DCEU in the right direction after Wonder Woman and Aquaman’s success. Hopefully DC will continue on this track. I will give Shazam an 84%. It is very fun, family oriented superhero movie, with some very rough CGI at moments, but after that it is a great coming of age story for Billy Batson.
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After having a few hours to collect myself and watch the trailer numerous times… It’s time to give my thoughts on the upcoming horror/anti-hero movie trailer that dropped this morning… It was absolutely exhilarating. I feel as if I was one of the few who thoroughly enjoyed the first trailer, with basically no complaints. This trailer though… blew my frickin’ mind. I have always been one to get pretty hyped for anything Marvel or DC, but this is such a new taste for the superhero genere.
The trailer starts out with Eddie Brock giving a little idea of who he is. He is a reporter who believes the goverment is missing some very important/dangerous events in the world, and that he has found “something really bad.” Following that introduces the beginning of the tear between Eddie and Venom. The trailer then cuts to the main antagonist of the film Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) stating why he is trying to learn more about the symbiotes which is for finding a way to combine man and symbiote to start a new evolution of man-kind. This trailer does an extremely good job of giving a glance into the intentions of the two main characters of the film.
Then… we get some action of Venom…
Eddie and Venom have some back and forth showing the difficult time Eddie is having controlling the symbiote to use it for only good. I’m sure this will be a struggle we will see at the beginning of the film when they are converged into one-being: the malicious intent of venom and the good guy of Eddie Brock. This will give us a fun roller coaster to keep our eyes on throughout the film. We get some more direct dialogue from Venom when he has captured the enemy from the first trailer, where he begins to describe the human body, “Eyes, lungs, pancreas so many snacks so little time.” This line gave me a rush of chills down my spine. This is where the R rating is going to come from. They seem to be wanting to portray the very maniacle/cannibal side of Venom which is going to give an extremely interesting characteristic for a character we are rooting for.
To touch on the special effects of the trailer we got an amazing look at the full standing Venom! This was something I was petrified about because in the first trailer Venom didnt seem to be THAT big… Well Sony has eased our hearts revealing a monstrosity that is Venom, a solid 7/8 foot or so standing creature that will terrify all oncoming foes. Speaking of foes of within the film, we got a more improved look at the enemy symbiotes in the film mainly Scream/Donna Diego (Michelle Lee) and what looked like Toxin/Patrick Mulligan (Reid Scott). It is really exciting to see what Venom will be potentially up against in the upcoming film!
All in all the trailer was super satisfying to have a peak at the story, giving some light to the villains of the film, and the amazing special effects. What did you think about the trailer? Please let us know in the comments below! Are you excited to see Venom? What do you think about a horror/super hero film? If you enjoyed the article hit the little star to let us know you enjoy our work!
The dates have finally been announced when the beta will drop for Black Ops 4, the upcoming installment for the Call of Duty franchise. It has been a sigh of relief the last few years when the developers have allowed us to indulge on early gameplay for multiple reasons. The biggest of course is for the not so hardcore fans to know if they will be interested in the newest Call of Duty. Then another benefit for the hardcore fans is they will be able to express their opinions of different gun balances pre launch. Even though some people may view the Call of Duty as a second evil to EA with their microtransactions, it really has been much appreciated that we have been getting betas for the past few games. Yes, for most part the franchise has become stale, but I will argue that the recent Call of Duty installment betas have lead to a much more polished game release.
Multiplayer Beta Dates:
Playstation 4 (First Weekend):
Start: August 3rd 10am PT / 1pm ET
End: August 6th 10am PT / 1pm ET
Playstation 4 and Xbox One (Second Weekend):
Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET
End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET
Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET
End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET
Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta: Classified
There are a plethora of different elements the community is eager to get their hands on in the beta. Black Ops 4 is trying it’s best to make Call of Duty feel innovated again, but this could be its ultimate downfall. As much as the community complains about Call of Duty being stale by not taking risks, these same people lash out when the game does change (jet packs). There is potential for a pivotal year for Call of Duty with the addition of new combat changes such as self healing, medics, five man matches, and BATTLE ROYALE… this could be a huge turning point for the franchise. If pulled off correctly, fans will find their love for the game again. But if the additions lack, it could be the final dagger to the heart for the franchise. As a long time Call of Duty lover… I really hope this could be the change we are needing.
Let us know what you think about the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. Are you interested with the changes? Are you buying in on a AAA title making a battle royale game mode? Are you excited for a possibly new tactical game play with self healing? Or do you just want Call of Duty to die already?
Here at The Nerd Chambers we have been taking a lot of time writing articles the past month because of busy schedules! We are very happy to announce the return of The Nerd Chambers podcasts! We had a very great time making our first few episodes back in the fall for school projects. Ever since then we have branched this into a dream rather than a school assignment.
We are happy to be bringing along a cast of friends with us this go. You will hear the voices of Zach, Brandon G., Seth, and many more! For all of our wonderful friends out there if you’re every interested just message us on Facebook or tweet us @TheNerdChambers. Even if you don’t personally know any of us feel free to do the same! If you have a new game you’re excited about, making your own projects and want exposure, or just want to geek out with us, we would love all the company we can get! We will be producing our new podcast today so keep watch on our social media outlets!
The time has finally come. Today is the day we will be recording the first episode of The Nerd Chambers Podcast and we figured we would give you an idea of what to expect from the first show and the structure of the show. So, obviously, we will give you an idea of who we (Ethan, Brandon, and I) are as gamers and what we are playing currently. What we are playing that week will be a regular part of the show to ease us into the next part of the show which will be our five biggest gaming news stories of the last week. We will also be bringing you movie and box office news and we may even touch on some thoughts and advice about Twitch.
So that is just a quick glimpse of what is to come with TNCP, be sure to check in on our Twitter for updates about the first episodes release and articles posted here and remember to check back into The Nerd Chambers for all kinds of gaming news.
Europe’s huge gaming convention kicked off earlier in the week and there have been some big announcements so far. Here are a few things that you should be looking forward to that was announced this week.
- Metal Gear Survive- Konami’s first dive into the Metal Gear universe without Kojima, the first trailer for Metal Gear Survive might possibly the biggest announcement thus far. The game is connected to the ending of Metal Gear Solid Ground Zero. Four agents get sucked into a wormhole along with Mother Base and end up in an alternate universe. Its seems you like will be playing as one of the four agents in this co-op survival game. From the trailer, it seems as though you will be scavenging for materials and items to help survive against crystallized zombies, all while surviving inside the remains of Mother Base. You can check out the trailer here.
- Mass Effect Remastered… Sort Of- In an interview with Game Informer, EA Studios Executive VP Patrick Soderland stated “I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done [remasters] successfully,” when asked about remastering the Mass Effect series. This is promising news to those that are looking to explore the galaxy in the Normandy once again.
- For Honor Alpha News- Ubisofts’s upcoming melee-style action game has a new trailer that debuted at Gamescom and, along with it, news on the first closed alpha for the game. September 15th-18th people who sign up for the test will get their first glimpse at the highly anticipated game, which is slated for a Valentine’s Day release next year. For more information and signups for the alpha you can visit the For Honor website here.
Those were just a few of our favorite announcements from Gamescom thus far. There is sure to be more exciting announcement with Tokyo Game Show, Playstation Experience, and The Game Awards still to come later in the year. For more gaming news and insight be sure to check back with us here at The Nerd Chambers and follow us on Twitter, @TheNerdChambers, to stay up to date with articles and The Nerd Chambers Podcast.