'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' - Movie Review

Simu Liu leads the cast as "Shaun," a young man working in San Francisco parking cars with his best friend Katy (Awkwafina), until the scene made famous by the trailer in which he's attacked by a bunch of bad guys led by a guy with a machete for an arm. And Katy, who assumed he couldn't fight, finds out that Shaun is really, really good at fighting. Shaun, real name Shang-Chi, decides to head to Macau to protect his sister who he figures they'll be after next. Katy insists on going with him. If you've seen the trailers, you also know the big-bad is Shang-Chi's father - the actual leader of "The Ten Rings," who also possesses ten rings that have mystical power.

I've seen every Marvel movie there is, for better or worse. And for me (perhaps not anyone else), the form of fantasy/alternate world we end up in here (with Chinese fantasy lions, loads of bizarre animals, a Chinese dragon, and essentially Cthulhu evil creatures) was really jarring. I watch plenty of fantasy movies and TV, and that's all good ... but to me this just didn't fit with the like-our-world (plus-science-fiction) universe that Marvel has built up. (I say that ... but I was somehow okay with "Dr. Strange.")

The leads are good, the fights are decent, and perhaps my favourite bit, they resurrected Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery - a subtle "fuck you" to those who didn't like him as "The Mandarin" (the fake leader of the fake Ten Rings in "Iron Man 3" - I thought their parody of "The Mandarin" was brilliant), and the man's still funny in the role.