‘Shazam 2’ humor controls pace of film

Computer-generated images hold back the movie

Ray Kopf, Staff Writer

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” was released into theaters recently and it provides an interesting look on the family life of a superhero. Taking place two years after the events of the first movie, the film takes an in-depth look into the lives of  Billy Batson and his family after they were all granted powers. Batson attempts to fight off the antagonists’ of the film, The Daughters of Atlas, alongside his family to save the world. 

The film starts off by showing just what The Daughters of Atlas are capable of before it cuts to the protagonist and his foster family doing separate tasks around the family home. Before long, Billy gets alerted to a collapsing bridge across town and calls the family to action, minus the bewildered foster parents. From here, we get a sense of what Billy and his foster family of superheroes have been doing since getting their powers at the end of “Shazam!”

The film itself delivers good action scenes and has some funny humor. In fact, it is what both makes and breaks this movie. The introduction of Steve: the all-knowing pen is hilarious as well as the dialogue between Billy and his family. 

But the humor is ever-present throughout the film. The movie has their fair share of serious moments and battles, but the humor seemed to drown down the seriousness of the situation at times. That could also simply be an indication of how well both Zachary Levi and Asher Angel play the character of Shazam. 

Despite this, the film is still carried forward by the humor and acting. The flow of the movie was great and the fight scenes were accompanied with fitting music. But if there was one thing to hold back this movie, it would be the computer-generated images. 

For the scenes of flying and fighting with lightning, this film does a good job with the CGI. But when it comes to attempting to animate world-shifting abilities, the film falls flat. It isn’t the worst CGI given what type of scenes production was going for, however. 

Trying to animate reality bending before someone and them moving buildings out of the way can’t be easy. In films such as “Doctor Strange” the CGI of these scenes is amazing, but in this film it falls short of the mark.

Yet that doesn’t take away from the film itself too much. “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is still a good superhero movie. The acting and humor of the film alongside the action sequences are all well done. 

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is overall an enjoyable superhero movie. It isn’t the best, but it’s also not the worst in recent years. I would still recommend this film for superhero fans and non-superhero fans alike.