“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” scores one of the lowest debuts of 2023, and for good reason

Shazam! Fury of the Gods scores one of the lowest debuts of 2023, and for good reason

Jessica White, Staff Writer

Warning: Contains possible character spoilers.

Many people, myself included, were hoping that the sequel to the first “Shazam” movie was going to be just as good, if not better than the first. However, we were all sadly disappointed.

Although the characters are cast wonderfully, the plot was redundant and predictable. A group of teenage superheroes, who happen to be foster siblings, are bestowed with superpowers to try to save the world. But, ironically, those superpowers brought the danger to their world. Basically they just have to clean up their own mess.

Gal Gadot was a nice cameo as Wonder Woman, but not central to the plot, and I felt like she was just thrown in at the end.

The rest of the siblings have personalities suited perfectly to their powers, such as flying, lightning and strength. Asher Angel plays the kid Shazam, and Zachary Levi plays adult Shazam, and they both do a wonderful job.

However, it wasn’t the cast I had an issue with.

The plot was basic and cliche. If you’re looking for an action-packed movie with a lot of fight scenes and high energy scenes, this isn’t it.

Nevertheless, it is a family friendly movie. So if you’re seeing this with little kids, they will probably love it.

There are a few funny lines throughout the movie, and the music chosen for the movie suits it pretty well, but it wasn’t as high-energy as I was hoping it would be. But the great casting allows the movie to almost redeem itself.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 49% on the Tomatometer, while 86% of the audiences enjoyed it. Part of the reason audiences didn’t like the movie was because it had an unsurprising plot, and it was announced that there will be a rebooted DC universe, which many fans were not happy about.

Many fans like the DC universe the way it is, and they’re worried that changing it would make it bad.

Overall, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” was mediocre at best. The actors were good, but the plot was not.