The best Marvel movie in a long time and probably the most best action movie of the summer, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
proves that the genre “Marvel Movie” can contain multitudes. Closer to Black Panther
, we’re given intense, urban, closer-quarters Hong Kong fights, historical Chinese romance period/magical realism/wire-work fights, and a truly funny dynamic between Katy (“Awkwafina”, a.k.a. Nora Lum) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu).
Perhaps most importantly, Shang-Chi
provides a surprisingly deep narrative that demonstrates how and why a men should grow beyond dominance-based masculinity
to become a happier and better human.