Rating (3 out of 5)
Summary: This is a solid origin story for Marvel. The movie starts with the history WenWu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and his ten rings. His story evolves to meeting his love Li (Fala Chen). This whole section sparked hope in me that this would be more martial arts-based than a typical Marvel film. Fast forward to San Francisco, and there is a bus scene where Shaun/Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) battles the 10 ring organization, which is basically a mix of Marvel with martial arts. Throw in a wee bit of humor with Awkwafina; I was optimistic.
Unfortunately, “Shang-Chi” devolves into a typical Marvel film.
There wasn’t anything particularly distinct about this movie. If you are a Marvel fan, this is probably a must-watch for you to tie in all the other storylines. I have to consistently remind my wife about the various tie-ins that keep appearing. Why can’t we just have a movie?
I wish there was more to describe the movie, but there isn’t. The Marvel universe is beginning to feel a bit stale.
Plot: Shang-Chi must prevent his father, WenWu, the master of the 10 rings, from opening the gates and releasing a soul-sucking monster that will devour the earth.