Reviewed by: Raphael Vera
|• Young-Adults • Mature Teens
|Superhero Action Adventure Comedy Fantasy Sequel
|2 hr. 10 min.
|Year of Release:
March 17, 2023 (wide release)
DVD: May 23, 2023
Pagan Greek gods and goddesses with supernatural powers and immortality who appear in the modern world—and are real
Idolatrous Greek mythology
There is only one true God, and He is revealed in the Bible.
How can we know there’s a God? Answer
What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer
If God made everything, who made God? Answer
What is the real Tree of Life?
DRAGON LEGENDS AND DINOSAURS—discover how they are connected
About DRAGONS in the Bible
GAY—What’s wrong with being Gay? Answer —Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born Gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?
What about Gays needs to change? Answer —It may not be what you think.
Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality
Zachary Levi … Shazam
Asher Angel … Billy Batson
Jack Dylan Grazer … Freddy Freeman
Rachel Zegler … Anthea
Adam Brody … Super Hero Freddy
Ross Butler … Super Hero Eugene
D.J. Cotrona … Super Hero Pedro
Grace Caroline Currey … Mary Bromfield / Superhero Mary
Meagan Good … Super Hero Darla
Lucy Liu … Kalypso
Djimon Hounsou … Wizard
Helen Mirren … Hespera
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David F. Sandberg
New Line Cinema
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|Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company
Prequel: “Shazam!” (2019)
Shazam (Zachary Levi), as well as the rest of his family of superheroes have been labeled by the media as “The Philadelphia Fiascoes” due to their almost childlike naiveté in handling crisis situations. They may save lives, but they also cause a lot of property damage. Little does the world know that this is because they are all, on the inside, really just teenagers who were given their powers only a few years ago as seen in “Shazam!” (2019).
Due to Shazam’s unwitting destruction of the wizard’s staff, the barrier between our realm and the one of Greek mythology has vanished. This mistake allows Kalypso (Lucy Liu), Hespera (Helen Mirren) and Anthea (Rachel Zegler), also known as the ‘daughters of Atlas,’ to visit Earth and wreak death and destruction. But what are the ‘goddesses’ ultimate goal? Will the family of super-heroes become be able to thwart their sinister plans. And what will happen to Shazam’s alter ego or rather the teen within him, Billy Batson (Asher Angel), as he is about to turn 18 and must leave his foster family?
The plot of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is straight forward and all sub-plots, few that they are, tie back to either Shazam’s family or the aforementioned ‘daughters of Atlas’. Similar to DC films of late, the movie showcases the barest amount of exposition needed in order to transition to the next lengthy fight scene and features much material worth mentioning.
LANGUAGE: Moderate— God’s name is taken in vain 7 times with an additional two (2) “g*d-d***s” within the extra credit scenes. The expletive “Oh my G*d” was used 3 times and twice the subject of a “true god” was discussed, neither of which was referring to the actual Almighty. In the context of mythology talk of ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ appeared 19 times. Cursing included; “Taste the rainbow, motherf…”, “sc***w” (1), h*ll (4), a** (3), a**-h*le (1), sh*t (4), holy sh** (1), s**ks (2), d*cks (1), s**ks b*lls (2) and b*lls (2). In summary, both infantile and adult cursing was used throughout.
VIOLENCE: Very Heavy— While “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is a bloodless film it features a heavy dose of mindless and sometimes graphic violence. People are seen bludgeoned, crushed, squeezed, burnt, stabbed, thrown from great heights, and although no people are shown inside the cars many vehicles are shown falling into the bay or are tossed, thrown or crushed during the film’s climax. One kid screams bloody murder as he fights off his possession by Kalypso. Two scenes, one depicting a long splinter being pulled out from under a fingernail and the other showing a character being impaled, were both unnecessarily long and suggest a sadistic intent by the director.
SEX/NUDITY: Minor— Freddy attributes a sexual disease to some bullies at school. When the kids walk in on their sleeping foster parents their dad is in boxers and their mom is in tight-fitting pajamas. Kissing is minimal, although a character rightly points out that because of the huge age difference of one couple, it is inappropriate. Later one of the parents asks, “what is it with our boys and older women?”
WOKEISM: Moderate— The film begins with an openly effeminate male tour guide and later one of the heroes, Pedro, admits he is Gay. The Philadelphia bridge that falls apart during heavy traffic suggests the ubiquitous need for government spending to fix all of society’s problems. The infinite floating doors in the cavernous superhero lair is another nudge by Hollywood to consider alternate realities (i.e. Marvel’s multiverse and recent Quantumverse). Superhero Darla chooses to save some kittens before saving their human owners. Age-inappropriate couples are presented as acceptable, if it is consensual. Drawings eerily similar to occultic symbols are shown in Sivana’s prison cell and during the end credits.
IDOLATRY. The ‘daughters of Atlas’ wish to revive their long dead kingdom, but in fact Greek mythology as well as so many other myths are creations of man, and many say inspired by God’s adversary, the devil. However, Holy scriptures are clear on this practice:
“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” —Exodus 20:3-4
“Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.” —Exodus 23:13
“And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” —Romans 1:23
About idolatry and false gods in the Bible
About idols in the Bible
Who is Satan, the enemy of God and all people?
POSSESSION. Kalypso is shown possessing people’s will by a mere whisper. While it is true that “your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), there is no instance of a believing Christian being possessed in the Bible. There are many reasons to explain why that is so, including the fact that the Holy Spirit now resides within us and that we have been delivered from ‘who we were’ to ‘what we are now’ as believers. Yes, He has indeed rescued us from this world and this horrible affliction.
“…greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” —1 John 4:4
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” —Ephesians 2:1-2
What are DEMONS?
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
As for our daily contentions with the devil, the Bible gives us this guidance:
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” —James 4:7
THE HEART. The ancient wizard tells Billy/Shazam that he has a good heart and Anthea even says, “Your heart is wise.” Our Lord tells us not to rely just on our heart but also focus our mind on God and His ways.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” —Jeremiah 17:9-10
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” —Proverbs 3:5-6
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” —Matthew 5:8
DEATH. A particularly blasphemous scene involves the use of a ‘god’s power’ to bring back someone from the dead. I am consistently amazed by the lengths that Hollywood will go to present us fiction that denies God and would suggest we mortals have any control over our fate, let alone our resurrection.
“He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples, the shroud enshrouding all nations. He will swallow up death forever. The Lord God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.” —Isaiah 25:7-8
What is DEATH? and WHY does it exist? Answer in the Bible
What is the FINAL JUDGMENT? and WHAT do you need to know about it? Answer
What is ETERNAL LIFE? and what does the Bible say about it?
What is ETERNAL DEATH?
Shazam (|Zachary Levi) is as simple-minded as he ever was, and therein is the charm of his character. You root for him because he is a child at heart. The same goes for young Darla (Faithe Herman) whose child-like belief in unicorns is richly rewarded in a comically over the top cultural reference.
Unfortunately, this does not excuse the lack of villain backstory, motivations nor the explanations needed to make this anything more than a ‘business as usual’ comic book film. You have to suspect that not much thought went into developing the story, and you would not be far off the mark.
Both 2019’s “Shazam!” and “Shazam! Fury of the God” present heroes that harken back to a simpler, more innocent time and had the potential to be the most kid-friendly superhero films to date. What prevents this from happening is it’s embracing of extreme violence, cursing, woke advocacy, politics, mythology, demonic imagery and use of magic as a stand-in for the occult.
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is a sillier than usual superhero movie meant for kids that shouldn’t be seen by kids. A film that can’t decide between being lighthearted or dark, kid-friendly or rated R, and ultimately fails in the process.
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