Movie Review: Shazam! Fury of the Gods

The big shame about the second Shazam installment, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is that the first movie, “Shazam”, released 3 years ago, was actually good, and received high ratings of 91%. Unfortunately, the producers for this sequel went down the typical special effects chute and created another bad action and effects movie that will probably end this franchise for good. Considering the amount of money that could have been made creating a great movie – this one is a giant blunder from all involved. Did they find it so hard to spend a solid year and write a great story and screenplay? What is this story all about, I have no idea.

The special effects are spectacular but thrown together with no connectivity, logic, or continuity. Nobody seeing this mess will know what is really going on from one insane special effects scene to the next. There are hugely growing trees, Lucy Liu riding on top of a flying dragon, giant trolls and other creatures, unicorns, explosions, people running for their lives, and for some unknown reason – Helen Miren? What is she doing in this bad action movie? How much was she paid to take this big a hit on her acting career? When will the people in charge learn that just because of “name recognition” from a previous movie, does not mean that corners can be cut, starting with a major multi-million dollar film having no good screenplay and no story?

The same actors reprise their roles from the previous movie, with most of them having much smaller roles, including Zachary Levi, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Meagan Good, Grace Caroline Currey. Lucy Lui and Helen Miren for some reason read this script and decided to join the cast.

The ratings for this bad sequel is a correctly low 54% and I agree with this number and rate this movie, which probably has ended a promising franchise, as a big pass.