Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ★★★★

Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings introduces a new mythology to Marvel in a thrilling martial arts package.

The film begins with Shaun, an underachieving parking valet in San Francisco who spends his nights at karaoke with best friend Kate. The pair are attacked by a gang of assassins, revealing that Shaun is actually Shang-Chi, an expert martial artist and the son of the immortal warlord Yu Wenwu. Wenwu is searching for his missing wife who he believes is trapped in the magical village of Ta Lo, but things may not be what they seem with dark forces manipulating the human characters from behind the scenes.

Ex-stuntman Simu Liu is a charismatic action star as Shang-Chi and a natural in the fight scenes, and his morally ambiguous background makes him a more interesting protagonist than most superheroes. On the villainous side Wenwu is a new interpretation of The Mandarin which is more serious than the comic relief goon from Iron Man 3 while avoiding the traditional character’s stereotypes.

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