If you’re thinking of taking your kids to see Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and looking for a spoiler-free parent review, don’t worry, I gotchu. And details (without spoilers) to help you decide if Shazam 2 is scary for kids in your home.
Full disclosure: I loved the first Shazam movie. I think it’s my favorite in all of the DC superhero franchises. I guess except maybe the Dark Knight movies– But even still, those are well done but dark and Shazam is more my type of movie. Funny, light, exciting, and something you can take the whole family to enjoy. Shazam: Fury of the Gods is very similar in that way, however we didn’t bring our 4-year-old to see it. My 9-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter did, however, enjoy it.
That said, parents should know that Shazam 2 might be scary for some kids, particularly young kids, or those who might be afraid of monsters or eyes with no whites–More on that in a bit.
Shazam 2: A Spoiler-Free Parent Review
Parents should know in Shazam 2, there is a bit of swearing and implied swearing. Including several uses of “sh*t” “d*mn” other insults and an implied f-bomb. One of the characters develops a crush. There’s a reference to being hungover though it’s not overtly stated but joked about around a younger sibling. Two characters briefly kiss. [POTENTIAL SPOILER: One character looks at magazine photos of a man with his shirt unbuttoned and later comes out as gay, his family accepts him.]
What I loved about Shazam: Fury of the Gods
I love that Shazam 2, like the first one, featured a foster family full of kids from all ages, and diverse backgrounds. All of our favorites returned for this movie and the parents (whom I love) even have a slightly bigger part in this movie which I adore. In the first movie Billy struggled to find out what happened with his mother and he had to come to terms with his abandonment, in this movie Billy continues to deal with his emotions surrounding that and how that relates to his attachment with his foster family. As a parent there were definitely moments where I teared up watching the mother-son relationship.
I loved the movie, the story, the cast I’d already been growing to love, plus the new characters. The Greek mythology tie-ins and seeing how all of the various personalities came into play. Sure, some plot points were predictable but the ones that were unexpected were sure a pleasant surprise. The only thing I didn’t find as memorable was the soundtrack, but it has a couple of memorable moments.
I laughed, cried and cheered, then went to see it all again. I definitely recommend it as a fun flick to take the family to enjoy. Especially if you liked the first Shazam movie.
Is ‘Shazam 2’ Scary for Kids?
You might be wondering if Shazam 2 is scary for kids. I’d say that depends on your kids. It’s not as gorey or violent as Dr. Strange 2, however there are several ugly-looking monsters, a dragon made of wood, explosions, someone falls to their death, another is impaled, people getting injured or killed, as well as main characters in peril. My son was previously very scared of people whose eyes would turn black (without any whites) and there’s quite a bit of that in this movie, however he said that it didn’t scare him this time. Just something to be mindful of if you or your child gets squeamish for things like that.
What My Kids Thought About ‘Shazam 2’
Ok, enough about what I thought, here’s what my kids had to say. Answered by 12-year-old Jayda (not a big superhero movie fan, but enjoys Greek mythology) and 9-year-old Ty (who loves Marvel and DC movies).
What did you think of ‘Shazam 2’? Was it better than you expected?
Jayda: I thought it was good. I liked it more than I thought I would.
Ty: Yes, it was better than I expected. Because I didn’t know it would be such a good match. I didn’t think Shazam could put up a good fight against the Gods.
What was the funniest part to you?
Jayda: When the pen was writing down everything they said. Or when Freddy was interacting with the sisters.
Ty: ‘When he said violence isn’t the answer’ in the letter and wrote everything they were saying.
Would you recommend it to your friends?
Jayda: If it came up in conversation I’d talk about it and say they might want to watch it but I’m not going to go tell my friends to watch it.
Ty: My friends who like the trailer and who liked the first Shazam movie.
What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?
Jayda: Families come in different shapes and sizes but what makes them family is that they love each other.
Ty: If there’s bullies who beat you up, let the teacher tell them to stop instead of fighting back.
Who was your favorite character?
Jayda: The youngest sister, Darla.
Ty: Billy, who is also known as Shazam.
Who would you recommend this movie to?
Jayda: People who like superhero movies.
Ty: Maybe Kimmie or Granny.
Do you think it’s for older kids?
Jayda: Any age, as long as they like action movies and stuff. I feel like it’s for whoever would enjoy it. Little kids might not want to watch it in the theater.
Ty: Yes, I think the age is like 8 to 16.
Did you think it was scary?
Would you want to watch it again?
Ty: Yes. Even though I’ve seen it two times I’d watch it again.
How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently?
Jayda: I like it more than Ant-Man 3, I like it the same as Creed III, I liked this more than Strange World, I liked this more than Black Panther 2. I liked Shazam one a little bit more.
Ty: I liked this more than Ant-Man 3, Black Panther 2, Strange World and Creed III. I liked this more than Shazam one. It’s definitely in my top 25 favorite movies for sure. I’d guess it’s ranked 11 or something.
What was your favorite part?
Jayda: I liked the Greek mythology parts. I liked when she said she was thousands of years old.
Ty: I liked when they first fought the gods.
How many stars would you give it?
J: 3 out of 5 stars.
T: Out of 5 I’d say 4.
Is it worth going to the movies to see/picking it for movie night/paying $30?
T: If I did, then yes.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods is now out in theaters and we all recommend you go see it on the big screen! It’s our favorite movie of 2023 so far and we hope you enjoy it too. If you do get a chance to see it, let us know what you think!
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