‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

A story of power, finding yourself and coming to peace with the past

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“Shang-Chi and the legends of the ten rings” has been highly anticipated and is now playing in theaters.

Emma Bartlett, Arts & Culture Editor

Marvel movies are quickly moving into Phase Four, and while we have said goodbye to some amazing characters (R.I.P Iron Man and Captain America,) we are gaining new heroes who are sure to be crowd favorites. The newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Shang-Chi.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” follows the life of Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu), a young Chinese man living in San Francisco under the alias of Shaun. After running away from his father when he was younger, Shang-Chi never looked back until his dad’s army attacked him on a city bus. Shang-Chi’s dad (known as the Mandarin) possessed 10 rings that gave him the power to fly, levitate objects, live for eternity and use them as a weapon. In his 1000 years on Earth, he has conquered countries and destroyed lives in the process. The Mandarin only stopped searching for power when he met Ying Li. The two married, gave up their powers, and had two children — Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing.

After Ying died unexpectedly, the Mandarin resumed wearing the rings and trained Shang-Chi to fight. The environment became harsher and harsher, causing Shang-Chi to leave home for good. In the present, Shang-Chi is reunited with his father and sister — which is when his dad reveals a plan that will potentially destroy the land Shang-Chi’s mother came from. Shang-Chi must learn how to fight his father and beat him with the help of his mother’s people.

As far as Marvel movies go, the 2 hour and 12 minute film was packed with the usual epic action scenes that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. This particular movie had a greater emphasis on martial arts and included incredible fight scenes on a bus and at a fight club. And of course, no Marvel movie would be complete without a 20 minute battle scene to conclude the film. All that needs to be said: it is pretty awesome and there is a dragon involved.

The film also had an assortment of funny moments which helped to balance the more serious moments. The movie’s MVP for funniest lines went to Katy (played by Awkwafina), who was Shang-Chi’s best friend. Her demeanor and reactions to every event gave the movie the right touch of humor.

The movie also transitioned between English and Mandarin Chinese for a good portion of the film, which was new for a Marvel movie and worked really well. If you are interested in watching “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings,” check out the following theatres: Picture Show at South Coast Marketplace, Island Cinemas 10 and Showcase Cinemas on Route 10 in Seekonk.