SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS (2023) – My rating: 7.5/10

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) Main Poster.pngShazam! Fury of the Gods is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character Shazam. Produced by New Line Cinema, DC Studios, and The Safran Company. Shazam is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the sequel to Shazam! (2019) and the 12th installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film was directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan. In the film, Shazam and his foster siblings fight the Daughters of Atlas.  I’m not a big fan of Shazam movies but I wanted to review it for those who are fans. After seeing Shazam, my opinions haven’t changed. Shazam continues to be silly but interesting.

Two years after Thaddeus Sivana’s defeat, Hespera (Helen Mirren) and Kalypso (Lucy Liu), two of the daughters of the Titan Atlas, break into the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece to steal the Wizard’s broken staff. The duo then takes it to the imprisoned Wizard (Djimon Hounsou), forcing him to repair the staff and activate its powers. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Billy Batson and his “Shazamily” of foster siblings save people on the collapsing Benjamin Franklin Bridge but are called out for its destruction. The team is beginning to drift apart at home due to their growing up and having personal interests. Billy and Mary are worried about being kicked out of the Vásquez family after they turn 18 and ages out of the foster system. In a dream, as Shazam, Billy is warned by the Wizard about Hespera and Kalypso, which causes the “Shazamily” team to research the Daughters of Atlas.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods has so much story to tell and I won’t give it away at this point. The “Shazamily” has issues including that their parents have no idea about the superpowers each child holds. There’s constant sneaking around, private meetings, and disappearing that goes unexplained. Some of the children have problems at school. There’s also the fact that two of the children are aging out of the system which will add to any alleged money problems Victor and Rosa Vásquez may be experiencing. To top it off, the daughters of Atlas have entered the scene to seek revenge on the Wizard and everyone he cares about for the killing of their father. One of the daughters goes rogue as the youngest daughter Anthea Anne (Rachel Zegler) presents different ideas. The film is somewhat childish but better than the first Shazam film. The story and the outcome are good.  I’m sure younger groups will enjoy Shazam! Fury of the Gods. I’ve outlined the cast of characters to help those who haven’t been following Shazam films.

CAST OF CHARACTERS BELOW

Billy Batson (Asher Angel)
Shazam (Zachary Levi):
The champion of an ancient wizard, who possesses “the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury”

Superhero Pedro Peña (D. J. Cotrona)
Non-superhero Pedro Peña (Jovan Armand):

Billy’s older foster brother is openly gay, shy, and sensitive

Superhero Eugene Choi (Ross Butler)
Non-superhero Eugene Choi (Ian Chen):
Billy’s younger foster brother is an obsessive gamer

Superhero Darla Dudley (Meagan Good)
Non-superhero Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman):
Billy’s good-natured younger foster sister

Superhero Mary Bromfield/
Non-superhero Mary Bromfield (Grace Caroline Currey):
Billy’s mature and academically driven older foster sister. Currey also portrays Mary’s adult superhero form, replacing Michelle Borth from the first film.

Superhero Frederick “Freddy” Freeman (Adam Brody)
Non-superhero, disabled Frederick Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer):
Billy’s physically disabled foster brother is a fan of superheroes and is constantly bullied at school

Wizard/Shazam (Djimon Hounsou):
The last surviving member of the Council of Wizards, who bestowed his powers on Billy Batson, after designating the boy as his champion

Rosa Vásquez (Marta Milans)
Victor Vásquez (Cooper Andrews):
The foster parents of Billy and his foster siblings

Anthea Anne (Rachel Zegler): The youngest daughter of Atlas
Kalypso (Lucy Liu): The middle daughter of Atlas
Hespera (Helen Mirren): The oldest daughter of Atlas

Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland)
Dr. Dario Bava (P. J. Byrne)

As of March 19, 2023, Shazam! Fury of the Gods has grossed $30.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $35 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $65.5 million.  On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 53% of 170 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website’s consensus reads, “More unfocused and less satisfying than its predecessor, Shazam! Fury of the Gods still retains almost enough of the source material’s silly charm to save the day.” Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently in theaters — Check It Out!

 

4 responses to “SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS (2023) – My rating: 7.5/10

  1. We (wife and son) went to see this…was a blast! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

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