I watched the original Shazam! movie and was very interested in watching the sequel when it came out. So when I had the chance to watch this at the cinema, I was immediately interested.
The very first scene of this movie introduces the threat of Hespera and Kalypso, the Daughters of Atlas who are attempting to gain their powers back and bring their own realm back to life. They are immediately shown to be ruthless and willing to do whatever it takes to further their goals, killing everyone in the museum that held what they wanted to retrieve without any kind of hesitation or remorse.
This movie was obviously set some time after the first one and it was really good to see that there were some tensions and conflicts forming between the family. And it was also really sad to see Billy trying desperately to keep everyone together and working as a family, even though he wasn’t at the point of being able to call Rosa and Victor Mom and Dad. It was especially good to see Mary trying to juggle being a superhero along with her need to work and go on to further education. And it was also really good to see Billy’s relationship with Freddy, who was really annoyed by his older brother’s (only by a month) overprotectiveness, but it was obvious they really cared about each other.
On the subject of family, I really loved how accepting Rosa and Victor were of all their children. From the start, it seemed like they made a huge effort to interact with all of the children…and I could feel Rosa’s sadness when Billy insisted on calling her and Victor by their names, rather than Mom and Dad.
There was a lot of humour in this movie that really helped to defuse the tension. Plus, the actors who played the adult versions of Billy and his siblings did a really good job of showing the mannerisms and personality of the younger forms. And the tension in this movie really came across well. I was on the edge of my seat a lot throughout this movie and I was so caught up in watching it, I didn’t take my phone out to check the time even once!
I also really liked the interactions and relationship that formed between Freddy and Anthea. I really felt that was one of the strongest parts of the movie and there was a lot of character development on both of their parts. I’m not a big fan of romance shoehorned into every movie, but this was a particularly sweet one that was given time to grow.
All in all, this was a movie I really enjoyed that had engaging characters I really cared about and moments that had me laughing out loud. It’s definitely a movie I’d enjoy watching again and if you enjoy superhero movies and liked the first Shazam!, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
Also, there are two extra scenes after the movie is finished, so if you do watch it, make sure you stay until the end!