Rated PG-13. AMC Boston Common, Regal Fenway and AMC South Bay are all available. Landmark Kendall Square is also available.
Kevin Fitch and Marvel launched a new superhero series “Shangqi and Legend of the Ten Rings” (can the next title be more concise?The result isn’t as complicated or long as the other Marvel entries. If you think it sounds like I am cursed with faint praise, that is because I am.
After a brief introduction to Chinese mythology and a subtitled prelude, we met Sean (a talented, athletic Liu Simu who appeared on the TV series “Golden Convenience”) and Katie (Okafina). They are valet attendants at a San Francisco luxury hotel. Katie loves to ride supercars with customers. She did not know that Sean, her partner in drinking, and singing Karaoke, was actually a Shangzhi, a superhuman martial arts master. When he fought the evil father Xu Wenwu’s henchmen on the runaway San Francisco three stage bus, she discovered that he was actually a superhero martial arts master named Shangzhi.
The story will cover Shangzhi’s childhood abuse in Tarot, his mother’s death and the origin of the power rings of the same name that his father owned, as well as Shangzhi’s hatred for his father. Would Marvel and Star Wars have any idea how to tell stories if they didn’t use the Oedipus King from Sophocles’s tragic story as a model?
The action is dramatic, violent, choreographed well, almost like a ballet. Director Destin Daniel Cretton was a master at this kind of thing with his sweet, darkly independent “Short Term 12”. The “Great Protector” was a water dragon and “soul-sucking resident in the dark”, something we have all heard about. It sounds like something HP Lovecraft would have come up with.
Awkwafina, as usual, is the source for manga gold. She is able to play the role of the romantic hero in this movie’s film, and her response is improving. The viral video of the bus fight was posted online. Shangzhi, Katie and Zhang Meng’er were taken to Macau, a former Portuguese colony. Shangzhi was accompanied by his martial arts expert sister Xia Liing (Zhang Meng’er). They were then pushed into the fight arena.
This is how superhero movies organize family reunions. Ben Kingsley and Benedict Wang are large families. Unconsciously, Tony Leung (Hong Kong action legend) returns and Xu Wenwu (Hong Kong action hero Shang Zhi) is back. His end to the world is not great.
The film’s third act sets the stage for a fight between Xu Wenwu, his evil soldiers, and Tarot’s magical animals. This includes Shang Zhi’s “Auntie”, Xia Leung’s Shang Zhi, and Xia’s “Auntie”, Ying Nan (Hong Kong actress Michelle Yeoh). Tarot looks a lot like Chinese Jurassic Park with its large lions. Yeoh and Awkwafina, both “Crazy Rich Asians”, were reunited for a family battle. Katie, who isn’t even fluent in Chinese, learned archery from Tarot.
Darth Vader is not aware that Shang Qi must fight to the death his father. This script was written by Dave Callaham (“Wonder Woman” 1984) and Clayton Lanham (Clark’s “Justice Mercy”) Fans. They love my every step. The “Hotel California” joke was very funny. You can listen to more movies and hear the real stories.
Will Hisashi be the “crazy rich Asian guy” in superhero movies? It will fail. Stay tuned.