Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently dominating the box office, and with good reason. It was such a treat to watch, and it also celebrates an important milestone, featuring the MCU’s first Asian superhero protagonist to hit the big screen.
Where to even begin with this one? Let’s start with the characters: I loved them. Simu Liu as Shaun/Shang-Chi and Awkwafina as Katy form the kind of friendship I just have to root for. So many movies and books and other media portray such toxic and shitty friendships, so I always love to see ones like this, where the characters fully have each other’s backs and get along really well.
Another thing that I greatly enjoyed was how the female characters in the film are not treated like spandex-clad super vixens or helpless damsels in distress. They hold their own and don’t trip into that annoying trope of girls hating each other simply because reasons.
Also, the dynamics of the family as a whole? Oof. Right in the honey nut feeli-o’s. Things are complicated, and sometimes very ugly, but also very beautiful at other points. They feel like a genuine family throughout the movie, just a very, very conflicted one.
On a side note: Recognizing lesser-utilized mythical beasties in television/film always makes my heart happy, and this film was no exception. ❤ If you don’t instantly fall in love with Morris you are a fool, and you can see yourself out. Morris aside, there are some really fantastical creatures, so if you love mythological beasts prepare to be excited.
Have you seen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings yet? If so, what did you think? What new movies are you looking forward to? 🙂