Lightning struck once with the sleeper hit that was Shazam! But will the sequel be able to capture the same lightning in a different bottle?
With the DC universe being so fragmented (even when individual franchises are supposed to jigsaw together) you really don't know what type of cinematic experience you're going to get - per picture. I'm glad to report that here, that Shazam! Fury Of The Gods stays on track with its predecessor and doesn't pull a Wonder Woman...you know, where the first outing is great, only to be followed by a sequel that made you question if the studio were deliberately trying to sabotage themselves.
When viewing SFOTG you can definitely see that a lot of effort went into the production, every SFX shot has comprehensive detail and all the actors hit their emotional marks to convince us of their motives. However, where SFOTG falls a little flat, is in its wholehearted satisfaction to do nothing original or adventurous with the formula. You'll be watching the movie, making predictions and assumptions as to what is going to happen next or way down the line, then you'll downplay your celluloid premonitions because they are way too obvious...only to be bang on target. And of course, the target is 15 year-old boys and that's why like me you'll probably feel underwhelmed at the attempts at emotional outpourings even though there are epic shenanigans happening all around.
What is also noticeable, is that the original sidekick to Billy Batson (in child form) Freddy Freeman, continues to be way more charismatic than the supposed lead and he also has way more screen time too. In fact, actor Asher Angel who plays Billy Batson can't have anymore time than a collated 12 minutes - I'm sure of it!. Anyway, if you liked the first film, you'll be totally fine with this one, it has it's moments, it ticks all the boxes, but it just won't have you feeling thunderstruck.
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