Movie Review – Shazam! Fury of the Gods

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I think the target audience is probably people about half my age (56) or less, but nonetheless, I enjoyed most of this movie. Right up until the end, which I’ll get to later.

The plot of this movie is as complex as a cartoon. It wasn’t bad, just simple. The same goes for the characters. There’s nothing subtle about this movie. All of the plot and character development is spelled out very clearly, multiple times. Come to think of it, maybe this movie was intended for a pre-teen audience.

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There were a few really funny moments in the movie and one was a solid LOL for the whole audience. They got the humor right and it didn’t feel like the writers were trying to force it. Plus, the little reference to Fast and the Furious to Hespera (Helen Mirren) was really cute.

Shazam’s Future

James Gunn is taking over creative control of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) so the future of Shazam is uncertain at best. There could be more of Shazam in the future, but my impression is that Gunn is going to start with a clean slate. That being said, Shazam is pretty much standalone from the larger DCEU with only a few cameos to tie it into the larger universe. So maybe there’s a chance that we’ll see a continuation of Shazam.

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Given the uncertainty about Shazam’s future, I wish someone would have made a definitive decision regarding Shazam’s future before this movie was released so that the ending could have been better. I get it that the suits probably want to see how this movie does at the box office to help determine if Shazam is worth continuing, but they really missed a great opportunity to have a much more impactful ending. What better ending could they give it than to let Shazam sacrifice himself? But, they tried to have their cake and eat it too by letting him die and then resurrecting him in about the most deus ex machina/magic way possible. Super heroes are, well, super hard to kill. But Shazam’s sacrifice really worked well in the story. It’s just such a disappointment that they found a hack to bring him back.

Grade: C+

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There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

Rated: (PG-13) Sequences of Action | Language | Violence
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Helen Mirren, Zachary Levi, Meagan Good
Director: David F. Sandberg
Writer(s): Henry Gayden, Chris Morgan, Bill Parker
Language: English
Country: United States

The film continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!” is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.

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  • Michael Fields

    I really liked this movie, (I am 61) (more then others that came after Spiderman), It had humor, the best special effects and some good new characters. I thought the story was good too so I would give this a B at least if not a B+ as I think this will play better on the big screen then your home one. And I was sad to see it did not do well, people have this thing between Marvel and DC, if Marvel puts out something everyone has to see it, even if its bad, and this is a Good movie, worth seeing. And yes they could have left it where they did before magic came in and helped. BUT I did smile when I saw the magic used and it made me happy.

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    You’re right, there was some good humor. There was a lot to like about this movie. I think of all the current DC characters this one has the best opportunity to grow going forward, if they give it a chance.

    I would have easily given the movie a B or even B+ if Shazam’s sacrifice was lasting. I know, I’m probably overly harsh on that. I just hate to see wasted potential.

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