Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a film that’s in an unenviable place. It’s popping out 4 years after the unique that made cash and was worthwhile, but it surely wasn’t Marvel, section 1, 2, or 3 worthwhile. It’s additionally post-COVID and the movie-going public, particularly the family-oriented ones aren’t receiving the eye that they as soon as did. For superhero film followers, the latest slate of releases has been very poorly acquired and a shadow of their latest high quality. With all of that within the rearview mirror, Shazham! Fury of the Gods gleefully steps on the gasoline and has produced a enjoyable film. It’s self-aware, mocks its self-awareness, reminds audiences that they actually don’t know the character, and possibly forgot the fantastic factors of the primary Shazam film in 2019.
Recap: Billy Batson was given mystical powers by a dying wizard. Each time this 17-year-old child says “Shazam” he turns into the superhero. On the finish of the primary movie he gave a few of his powers to his adopted brothers and sisters, and now they’re a flying superhero group. All of that is fortunately lined within the first 20 minutes or so, which could clarify why most people who we requested at our screening discovered that to be the weakest a part of the movie.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods focuses on some historical gods who’ve come again to life and are after an historical workers. As soon as they put it collectively they’re midway in direction of conquering Earth, so long as they will plant an apple from the tree of creation. To date it’s the identical hokey, superhero in tights stuff, however as you’re viewing the movie it feels, satirically grounded.
There are actual points like adoption, betrayal, imposter syndrome, belief, and extra that really feel welcome in a ‘superhero’ movie. At instances it jogged my memory of the primary Iron Man, with only a little bit of Despicable Me thrown in for good measure. Fury of the Gods was breezy, enjoyable, and light-weight leisure. It’s the sort of film that 10-year-old children will see and love. Their 14-year-old siblings will see it and revel in it greater than they’re letting on. Adults will likely be pleasantly shocked on the movie so long as they calm down, look previous a few of the plot holes, and concentrate on Helen Mirren.
Yeah, there are issues with the movie. Djimon Hounsou’s beard and dreadlocks look extremely faux in each scene. A few of the CGI scenes seem like they had been lifted from Physician Unusual. The age discrepancy between Shazam and his teen alter-ego is extremely inconsistent. The teenager is enjoyable and energetic, whereas the grownup superhero is an excessive amount of teen and annoying at instances. The humor is okay, however there are lots of jokes that don’t join.
Audiences additionally aren’t certain who’ll be round within the subsequent model of DCEU. There’s a cameo in Fury of the Gods from a superhero who’s not even sooner or later plans for the DC movies. Their presence is a little bit odd, but it surely doesn’t taint the film an excessive amount of. Sadly, this occurs close to the tip of the movie when one thing foolish and unexplainable occurs.
Having stated all of that, it’s nonetheless a enjoyable film. Shazam! Fury of the Gods received’t appeal everybody, but it surely’s a pleasant placeholder for households who wish to see a superb, largely clear movie for ages 10 and up. There are a few cases the place language is used that you just don’t need the youthful ones repeating. That is the place it deftly straddles the road between it being a film that’s geared toward households. It received’t tread any new floor, but it surely’ll hold those that wish to be entertained, entertained. It’s your decision one other movie within the franchise, however the age discrepancy will inhibit that dramatically. If Billy Batson is a younger 20-something within the subsequent movie, then the kid-like appeal of Shazham is gone. Will folks nonetheless wish to see a youth who’s nearly to go away faculty whine and act as hapless and insecure because the superhero does? Most likely not, however maybe they may write their approach out of it. Zachary Levi does have a certain quantity of appeal on this titular position, however he’d have to boost his demo dramatically to maintain tempo with its youth model.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is rated PG-13 for motion, violence and language.