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SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS

What You Need To Know:

SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS continues the story of teenage Billy Battson, who transforms into an adult superhero when he says the magic word, “Shazam!” In the first movie, Billy used a magical staff to give his four foster siblings superpowers too. However, he ended up breaking the magical staff. By breaking the staff, he freed the three daughters of the Greek god Atlas. The daughters are out for revenge against humans, whom their tyrannical father once ruled. Can Billy and his siblings save their city, Philadelphia, from destruction?

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.”

Content:

(PaPa, FRFR, O, BB, C, PC, Ho, LL, VV, S, N, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Mixed pagan worldview that accepts the false, polytheistic Greek mythological notion of gods and their and other supernatural powers that are a bit occult, which is combined with strong moral elements and themes celebrating family and saving and protecting people, and overtly acknowledging the kind of wisdom that Solomon had (there are complaints, for instance, that the main superhero seems to lack the Wisdom of Solomon, which is the first power that he’s supposed to have), plus there’s a redemptive element of sacrifice and death and resurrection that solves the story’s plot problem, but there’s also a politically correct, overt homosexual moment when one of the adopted children in a foster family comes out as homosexual and none of the other family members are surprised and have already “accepted” his sodomite “identity” (in another scene, the boy is shown looking at a magazine image of a man with his shirt off)

Foul Language:
15 obscenities and eight light profanities, plus a post credits scene having nothing to do with the movie’s story has one “h” obscenity and two GD obscenities

Violence:
Lots of action violence and other violence includes two evil beings with supernatural powers turn people to stone, attack and fight people and superheroes with energy blasts from a magical staff, and dragon breathing blue fire, and toss people around as well a throw them against walls and large objects, monsters attack people and throw them, a character’s chest is pierced by a dragon’s claw, large scary unicorns pierce two or more monsters in the chest with their horns, superheroes fight two beings with supernatural powers, superhero throws a vehicle at a dragon, a giant tree grows from a golden apple at a baseball stadium and its roots tear up the ground in the stadium and into the city beyond, scary monsters grow from buds on the tree roots and are released to wreak havoc, two villains use their supernatural power to inflict pain on two prisoners, superhero flies dragon through buildings, dragon bursts through house, villain hypnotizes a teacher to jump off a roof, teenage bully punches another boy in the stomach, etc.

Sex:
No sex scenes, but there are two references to one of several teenagers being a homosexual

Nudity:
No explicit or sexual nudity, but a teenage boy looks at a magazine image of a man with no shirt, and the boy later “comes out” as homosexual to his parents and foster siblings

Alcohol Use:
Brief implied alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Teenage girl deceives teenage boy, villain deceives superheroes, two boys bully another teenager who has a game leg and walks with a steel cane.

More Detail:

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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