Shazam! Fury of the Gods: Movie Review

Shazam! Fury of the Gods Movie Review: Superhero Popcorn Flick

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If you liked 2019's "Shazam!" then you'll like "Shazam! Fury of the Gods". The sequel takes the same formula and makes everything bigger - from its actors who have aged in strikingly in 4 years to its production values and amount of villains our superheroes have to contend with. But bigger doesn't always means better. As for this sequel, it was as good as the first one at its best moments.

When the Daughters of Atlas (Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, Rachel Zegler) find a way to break into our world, they attempt to get back the powers that humans stole from their father. These powers, are in fact the same powers that the wizard have bestowed upon Billy Batson (Zachary Levi and Asher Angel) whenever he shouts the word "Shazam!". How can Billy and his siblings defeat these ancient and powerful gods?

Even with some superhero fatigue coming our way recently, "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" found a way to entertain us even with it being formulaic, predictable, and a heavy focus on CGI for its biggest and climactic moments. Bolstered by its own unique comedic style (of having immature kids run amok as superheroes), this was still as fun and as funny as before. But the biggest surprise for us in this sequel was Jack Dylan Grazer who stole the show from everyone else. His character's development and his own portrayal in this film was a huge improvement against the previous film. His acting came off more natural and relatable this time around and he actually had our emotions in check when the film pushed its dramatic narrative in the film. Unfortunately, the film was a bit bloated in our opinion, at more than two hours long, it overstayed its welcome and we wished it could have been 15 to 30 minutes shorter. This was also your typical superhero film where most of these characters have plot armors so thick that it pushes the boundaries of fantasy and fiction. Overall though, "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" was entertaining enough to be a worthwhile last dive into the DC Extended Universe. The constant barrage of PG-rated comedy was a welcome bit that makes the film bearable even in its most unnecessary moments.  

Rating: 3 and a half reels

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