SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS
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(DC Comic Sequel)
They just keep rolling out these sequels that the under 21 crowd follows, knowing the history and relationships of all the super heroes.
Those of us who are not hooked by this meaningless drivel are completely lost, unaware of what happened during the previous movie.
This latest sequel picks up on Billy (Zachary Levi) who is approaching eighteen years of age and living in a foster time with his mixed-bag siblings and parents who don’t have a clue that by saying Shazam the kids turn into super-heroes.
The movie opens with Hespera and Kalypso (Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu) stealing their father’s broken staff from the Acropolis Museum.
It then shifts to the superheroes saving hundreds from a bridge collapse.
Freddie gets bullied at school and is befriended by Anne, a new student, who is secretly the younger sister of Hespera and Kalypso. They take a liking to each other, which plays a big part in the rest of the movie, as the two groups fight each other for the staff.
The movie goes on with many battles as H and K dome the city of Philadelphia, employ dragons and other creatures in their battles and everything gets very confusing.
Freddie is kidnapped. The foster parents join the battle. Most of Philly is destroyed, and we are given hints as to what will happen when they get around to making the next sequel.
What’s Wonder Woman doing there?
You’ll have to wait and see.
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Most movies fit into a category.
This was doesn’t.
Any movie that begins and ends at a gravesite has to be different.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin spent years as housemates on a zany Netflix comedy called “Grace and Frankie.” They’ve also done movies together.
Now they are starring as Claire and Evelyn, former college roommates whose lives went in different directions until the death of a mutual friend brought them together.
Claire, who I didn’t recognize as Fonda at first, with blonde hair and large round glasses, comes to Joyce’s funeral to kill her husband. Something happened over 40 years ago that never got resolved. You’ll have to wait a while before you find out.
She reconnects with Evelyn, who lives in an assisted living facility and leads a lonely existence, hiding her own secrets from the world.
Their attempts to murder Joyce’s husband (Malcom McDowell) fail miserably, but the two finally come to terms with their past in a dark, ironic ending.