When the daughters of Atlas (Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu) ask a large group of people to ‘unleash the chaos,’ they do so by forming a zombie-chain reaction, eventually turning themselves into dust in the first scene of the movie Shazam, it immediately reminds you of a David F. Sandberg film. Yes, the opening scene screams David F. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), but that’s about it because what follows is the standard superhero fare of saving the world and family.
Why are Atlas’ daughters wreaking havoc on the people of Earth? Remember how Shazam (Zachary Levi) broke the magic stuff in the first film? It belonged to the goddesses, which is why they’ve come to unleash their wrath on the gullible laymen (and women) of the planet Earth. You won’t get any points for predicting who will be on Shazam’s side to battle the wrath of the gods because Shazam gave his foster family superpowers as well.
Script Analysis for Shazam! Fury of the Gods Movie
The two writers infusing the exact two flavors into the story they know and have mastered are Henry Gayden (Shazam!) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious). The flavor of a superhero doing routine sh*t is provided by Henry, and the essence of why a family is required to save the superhero is provided by Chris, who has written six of the ten Fast & Furious films (plus Hobbs & Shaw). It delivers on the fun parts but falls short on the rest.
It follows in the footsteps of every other superhero film these days, presenting a danger to a country/world and allowing the heroes to clean up the mess to garner applause (and a guaranteed sequel with a post-credit scene) by the end.
Outstanding Performance of the stars in a Movie
With his imposter syndrome and childlike ability to deal with being a superhero with Shazam, Zachary Levi continues to be the Deadpool for kids. The first two parts only scratched the surface of the idea of an innocent, harmless, and naive full-bodied superhero, and it could become something in the future. Adam Brody, Ross Butler, and other superheroes from the family don’t get much screen time in the film.
Rachel Zegler, as Anne, is involved in one of the film’s most dragging tracks, with little to explore despite having a lot of screen time. Anne’s elder sisters and Atlas’ daughters, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren, required more attention than they received. Djimon Hounsou is hilarious as hell, and his character of the wizard gets plenty of meat to provide comic relief whenever the story begins to drag.
Direction and Music Reviews of the Shazam! Fury of the Gods Movie
David F. Sandberg relies on the same strengths and weaknesses he did in Part One, nailing and failing in the same spots.
Jumping from Marvel to DC, Christophe Beck returns after Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania, and it’s clear he’s exposing himself a little too much. I expected more from the soundtrack than playing Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero as Shazam saves a civilian.
The final word about Shazam! Fury of the Gods Movie
Overall, Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania made Marvel appear more like DC and Shazam! Fury Of The Gods elevates DC to the level of Marvel. While we wait for some of the pointless mid/post-credit scenes, it will be fascinating to see the next moves of these superhero films cranking production houses.
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