*A WEE BIT SPOILERISH- FORGIVE ME* Full disclosure here- Movie Myla would watch the stars of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Simu Liu (Shaun/Shang-Chi) and Awkwafina (Katy) do their laundry. I would be in rapturous delight to see them clean up their DVRs. Those two have an eye exam? Sign me up! I would watch Liu and Awkwafina do the most mundane of tasks. So, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is anything but mundane. It is the Marvel movie we need right now. It’s the movie, in general, we need right now.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
Shaun/Shang-Chi and Katy are both strong and capable people. They just haven’t figured out what they want to do in the world yet. They are unsettled and yet, ready to get on with their millennial lives. We find them working as valets, which would be a waste of their talents but will come in handy when the superhero movie part of the story kicks in. This, like the Covid 19/Blip situation, is a very real problem we are facing right now. This is a very timely origin story.
I feel I have already given too much away by mentioning the valet thing, but let’s continue.
Shaun/Shang-Chi and Katy must travel to China, find Shaun/Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), face Shaun/Shang-Chi’s father (Tony Leung), reconcile Shaun/Shang-Chi’s mother’s (Fala Chen) death, meet a kickass Michelle Yeoh, and defeat many foes and mythical creatures. Oh, and they karaoke, too!
Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s movie could stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for sure, but there are some hidden (and not so hidden) gems stuck inside Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The writers aren’t even subtle about it, which makes it that much more delightful.
Are kids going to want to see this movie? Yep. No question about it. Just be warned that there is bloody violence and there are somewhat scary monsters running about. I’m not talking Venom levels of violence, but pretty fighty. Will you want to see it? Oh my, yes. It is simply wonderful. The viewer gets an exciting movie with a huge emotional punch. However, if you are waiting until you can stream it in your home (it is only in theaters currently), find Nora from Queens and Kim’s Convenience on your streaming services. The first one stars a slacker Awkwafina as the titular character and the latter stars Liu as a loving son trying to do the right thing. Not unlike his role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings . . .
This movie is now playing in theaters! Check out the trailer below: