Shazam! Fury of the Gods, surprisingly enjoyable for households
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, however it 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 obtained and a shadow of their current high quality. With all of that within the rearview mirror, Shazham! Fury of the Gods gleefully steps on the fuel 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 nice factors of the primary Shazam film in 2019.
Recap: Billy Batson was given mystical powers by a dying wizard. Every 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 staff. All of that is fortunately lined within the first 20 minutes or so, which could clarify why the general public 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 employees. As soon as they put it collectively they’re midway in the direction of conquering Earth, so long as they will plant an apple from the tree of creation. Up to now it’s the identical hokey, superhero in tights stuff, however as you’re viewing the movie it feels, paradoxically grounded.
There are actual points like adoption, betrayal, imposter syndrome, belief, and extra that really feel welcome in a ‘superhero’ movie. At occasions 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 type of film that 10-year-old youngsters will see and love. Their 14-year-old siblings will see it and revel in it greater than they’re letting on. Adults shall be pleasantly shocked on the movie so long as they chill out, look previous among the plot holes, and give attention to Helen Mirren.
Yeah, there are issues with the movie. Djimon Hounsou’s beard and dreadlocks look extremely faux in each scene. A number of the CGI scenes appear to be they have 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 occasions. The humor is ok, however there are various 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, however it 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 mentioned all of that, it’s nonetheless a enjoyable film. Shazam! Fury of the Gods received’t attraction everybody, however it’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 simply 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, however it’ll maintain 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 attraction 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? In all probability not, however maybe they might write their manner out of it. Zachary Levi does have a specific amount of attraction 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.