Shazam! Wrath of the Gods – Critics share their first reactions. Is there anything to wait for?
Shazam! The wrath of the gods is a sequel to the well-received 2019 film based on DC comics. In the movie, Billy/Shazam continues his superhero life with the rest of his family with powers. Together, they protect the city from crime. One day, however, they encounter Hespera and Kalypso, daughters of the mythical Atlas, one of the characters from whom Shazam gets his skills.
The premiere is fast approaching, and now we have the first opinions of critics who had the opportunity to see the first shows of the production. Will it be a worthy sequel?
Shazam! Wrath of the Gods – first opinions
The host of The Movie Podcast described the film as “exciting” and “heavy fun”. It is a captivating story worth watching with your family. Rachel Zegler, Jack Dylan Grazer and Dijmon Hounsou are standout characters for him. Eric Eisenberg of CinemaBlend also stated that it is a worthy sequel that wins with emotions, characters and positive energy. It’s nothing groundbreaking in the genre, but he finds the amount of surprise and vulnerability appealing, and there are plenty of creative and exciting monster action scenes.
Courtney Howard of Variety points out that it is “super solid fun with a really smart mix of entertainment, vulnerability and heroism.” Jamie Broadnax admitted that the second Shazam! it has even more action, but also more convincing villains and a complicated anti-hero.
There was even an opinion of James Gunn about the film, i.e. the new head of the DCU. see:
I love it, it’s a complete blast. @ZacharyLevi & @ponysmasher & @rachelzegler & the whole crew killed it. #ShazamMovie https://t.co/GHlv2ToDJd
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 7, 2023
Negative opinions are very hard to come by, although our editor-in-chief, Dawid Muszyński, who also had the opportunity to see the film, spoke in a less positive tone. Here is his opinion on the production:
The second part of Shazam’s adventures is much more serious than the previous one, which makes it lose its unique character a bit. It’s as if director David F. Sandberg remembered that his favorite genre is horror and tried to steer the series in a darker direction.
Digital Spy’s Gabriella Geisinger praises the humor and atmosphere, but hits a bad-looking final act ruined by terrible CGI. Ultimately, most critics are of the opinion that this is a successful sequel about a family of heroes that provides a lot of emotions. There are again some horror inserts, but the children’s joy and family charm are still preserved. Nothing groundbreaking, just great fun.