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SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS is exciting, but the movie’s real strength lies in the strength of its characters, including their humor. Thus, the movie contains some strong heartfelt, uplifting moments celebrating family and sacrifice. It also celebrates the Wisdom of Solomon. However, SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS promotes false Greek mythological notions of gods with supernatural powers. The movie contains 23 obscenities and light profanities, lots of action violence, and two scenes that promote leftist lies about accepting homosexual evil. As Proverbs 8:13 says, “To fear God is to hate evil.”
SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS continues the story of teenage Billy Battson who’s transformed many times into an adult superhero when he says a magic word and now must stop the vengeful, powerful daughters of the Greek god Atlas from destroying Philadelphia. SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS is exciting and contains some strong heartfelt, uplifting moments celebrating family and sacrifice, but the movie accepts the false polytheistic Greek mythology of multiple gods and has a fair amount of foul language and a politically correct moment where a teenage boy admits he’s homosexual, and his family totally approves.
The movie opens with the two daughters of Atlas, Hespera and Kalypso, invading a museum in Greece and stealing the magical staff that Billy broke in half in the first SHAZAM! movie. Before they leave, they turn everyone in the museum to stone. They return to another realm to which they had been banished, until Billy broke the staff that held them there. After Billy broke the staff, Hespera and Kalypso kidnapped the Wizard who gave Billy his superpowers. So, now they force the old Wizard to heal the broken staff.
Cut to Billy and his four foster brothers and sisters leaving the house and transforming into superheroes to save scores of people trapped on a large bridge that’s starting to collapse. They save all the people, but the “news” media just blames them for not stopping the bridge from collapsing. They’ve even nicknamed the “Philly Fiascoes.”
Billy has established a rule for his foster siblings, “All or none.” Either they all transform as superheroes to save people and stop crime, or none of them transforms. However, he has trouble keeping the others to abide by that rule, especially Freddy. As his normal self, Freddy walks with a steel cane to support his left leg but likes to go out at night alone as his superhero alter ego to stop criminals and save people in danger.
The two daughters of Atlas, Hespera and Kalypso, come to Philadelphia looking for the superheroes who were seen using the magical staff. It turns out they want to gain access to the magical realm of the Rock of Eternity, which Billy and his siblings now control. The magical realm of the Rock contains a seed from the Tree of Life. The daughters want to use the seed to restore their tyrannical father’s kingdom and exact revenge on the human race which destroyed it long ago with the Wizard’s help.
With the help of a third sister, Hespera and Kalypso use the magical staff to drain Freddy’s powers and kidnap him. Billy has a plan to turn the tables on them and get Fredy back, but his plan backfires. Now, all the people in Philadelphia are in danger.
SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS is exciting, but the movie’s real strength lies in the strength of its characters, including their humor. Thus, the movie contains some strong heartfelt, uplifting moments celebrating family and sacrifice. It’s the bonds between Billy, his siblings and their adoptive parents, Rosa and Victor, that become the heart of the movie’s climax. The highlight of the movie’s humor involves a sequence where Billy’s young foster sibling, Darla, establishes a special kind of rapport with some scary-looking unicorns that appear in the second act.
FURY OF THE GODS celebrates family and sacrifice, and even acknowledges the benefits of the “Wisdom of Solomon.” However, its mixed worldview also accepts the false, polytheistic Greek mythology of gods. The three daughters of the Greek god Atlas are goddesses. Also, one of the daughters, played by Helen Mirren, ends up calling Billy a god when he shows the strength of his character, which finally matches the superpowers that the Wizard gave him. None of these “gods” demand worship, but the movie never acknowledges the One True God of Civilization’s biblical heritage.
SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS also has 23 obscenities and light profanities and lots of action violence, including scenes where a person’s chest is pierced by a dragon’s claw and the chests of two or so monsters are pierced by a unicorn’s horn. Finally, one of Billy’s brothers, Pedro, comes out to the family as homosexual, and the other family members happily accept his homosexual sin. As Proverbs 8:13 says, “To fear God is to hate evil,” not accept it, much less to promote it.
Unlike the first SHAZAM! movie, FURY OF THE GODS doesn’t have any overt Christian references. It replaces that positive redemptive content with the overt Greek mythology cited above. If the movie was set in Ancient Greece, like the old Hercules movies, such myth conceptions might be more acceptable. However, setting them in the modern world is a real problem, especially if there’s no overt positive references to the One True God, Jesus or biblical ideas or stories to counter them. So, MOVIEGUIDE® rates the movie as unacceptably excessive.
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