Shazam! Fury Of The Gods: Review & Film Summary
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a 2023 superhero film, based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name. The film is a sequel to Shazam! and it is the twelfth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film was released on March 17, 2023. The Shazam Family is made up of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), his physically-disabled superhero-fan foster brother Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), his good-natured younger foster sister Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman), his mature academically-driven older foster sister Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton), his obsessive gamer younger foster brother Eugene Choi (Ian Chen), and his shy older foster brother Pedro Peña (Jovan Armand).
Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
Shazam remains a bright spot of humor and heart within the dying DCEU. Better than Quantumania and Black Adam but not as good as the first film – it helps that they’ve laid the groundwork with this very likable family because they got sloppy in other ways. The second film keeps the comedy of teenagers morphing into the bodies of their super-powered, older alter-egos intact and manages to weave in a heartwarming backstory even more effectively than the first film. Billy Batson and his scrappy foster family test their superheroes’ mettle against an ancient threat with a deadly grievance. Shazam! Fury of the Gods brings a much-needed levity, humor, and heart infusion to a comic book genre that’s been dour and depressing. Kids grow up and have to face adult problems but reach their true potential when given the chance. One thing I like about the Shazam Franchise is that the storyline is very light and has enough touch of comedy. It’s not as dark as Batman or Black Adam. There are a few unexpected turns that help to keep the audience interested.
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All in all, the film’s script is average to good, but the performances and plot are all over the place, bringing the quality of the film down to a middling B. ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ is a somewhat messy sequel that fundamentally lacks the wonderful traits of its predecessor. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed this quite a lot but there are way more issues than I was expecting going into this.