Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review


Warner Bros.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the long anticipated sequel to the amazing original Shazam!

Addey Kane, Staff Writer

Lately DC has been known for struggling with their past movies, and most people prefer Marvel because of this. DC struggles with advertising their movies and performing well in the box office. DC also struggles with good storylines and character development. Marvel, however, tends to always advertise new movies and they tend to do amazing in the box office. Marvel is notorious for their great ideas for the plot and severe character development. However, Shazam! Fury of the Gods was a fun watch, and frankly does not disappoint. 

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a sequel to Shazam! (2019). The original Shazam! was well liked, receiving a 90% from Rotten Tomatoes and making 366.1 million dollars at the box office. Many fans loved it for its humor mixed with action. Shazam! Fury of the Gods does the same.

That mix of humor, action, and touches of seriousness make for an interesting superhero movie. The Champions (Shazam and his siblings) are funny characters, and it is so much fun to watch them grow. They may look like adults, but they have the minds of kids (aside from Mary). Together they make a group of extremely funny superheroes.

In one scene, Darla, the youngest, is unaware that Mary has a hangover. She precedes to ask Mary why she is wearing sunglasses indoors. Mary quickly says she went to the eye doctor. She believes Mary that she really went to the eye doctor. Darla makes multiple references to this scene in the rest of the movie. This is just one example that shows the Champions are just naive kids with superpowers.

Not only does this movie have many quick and witty scenes, it also has some great action sequences. The first time we see the Champions they are flying around and saving people. The directors did an amazing job showing each of the seven members of the Champions their abilities. You could see each character helping in their own way, while being their true self.

Shazam is making remarks of saving a woman while she was listening to the song “Holding Out for a Hero.” This is just one scene that shows how funny and not grown up Shazam is. Captain Everypower loves to show off to everyone. He pretends to struggle, and then laughs it off saying it was easy. This action scene shows the true side of the characters. 

The best fight scene was the final scene. It mixes emotion with amazing CGI to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Shazam! Fury of the Gods also includes emotion and darker feelings, unlike the original which was just a feel good movie. The original was more funny than serious.  Fans most likely did not expect this because they know Shazam is normally a funny and light hearted character. However, the film dives into him not thinking he deserves his powers, and he ends up thinking he is not good enough. He struggles with his identity as a superhero. He also thinks the other red superhero with a lightning bolt (the Flash) is better than him. Shazam hasn’t even figured out his superhero name, and this bothers him a lot.

Shazam also struggles with the fact that his family is moving on. He wants it to be all or nothing, however some members are ready to move on. Mary wants to go to college and do things on her own, but Shazam isn’t ready for her to move on. Captain Everypower wants to fight crime by himself, not with his entire family. However, Shazam does not like this idea. He wants everything to be the same.

Details like this show that Shazam is just a kid at heart, and isn’t ready to grow up. He finally found a family, and he doesn’t want anything to change. He is happy where he is, but throughout the movie he learns to accept this change and face his fears. 

As a result, Shazam’s character goes through some severe changes. He goes from the lighthearted, funny kid to a more serious adult. He learns that it’s okay to change. He also learns that he doesn’t have to be perfect; he just has to be him. He finds himself at the end of the movie, and it is really enjoyable. 

This movie has three amazing villains. They are the daughters of Atlas, and they are just trying to avenge their father. They all have amazing chemistry together. It’s almost like you’re watching three actual sisters instead of three actors. The villains may not be as amazing as the Champions, but they are still incredibly fun to watch. 

This movie has one huge cameo at the end. Because of spoilers, I won’t say who, but they had me practically jumping out of my seat. I was so excited to see their face on the big screen again, it felt like forever since I had seen them. It wasn’t random either, their cameo perfectly fit in with the plotline. 

The end credit scene was interesting. It showed two agents who were clearly forming a team. They met up with Shazam. They had an interesting conversation, and it left a cliffhanger. Fans must wait until the next project to see what happens next. 

Shazam! Fury of the Gods was an extremely fun watch, and if you are a huge superhero fan then the movie is for you. With all of the emotion mixed in with action it is an amazing superhero movie, and a great DC project.