The ratings on Rotten Tomatoes for the new Marvel Movie “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” are an extremely high 92%. Save a very well shot karate fight on a bus, similar to the recent movie “Nobody”, I saw nothing in this two hours that warrants such a high score.
I thought the story of this movie was all over the place, with a young Chinese boy being trained by his father to be a trained fighter and killer – who later leaves home to park cars in Los Angeles. Latter parts of the story reunite the boy with his father back in China, now traveling with his close friend Katy played by Awkwafina. I did admire the martial arts training that the main character Shaun played by Simu Liu had to go through to play this role – given that he was not already a martial arts expert. This is definitely not a bad movie, but also not a great one either because we have seen all of this before. There was also way too many scenes that were too long and too boring.
I thought the ending was way over the top, involving flying birds and of all things, flying dragons.
This movie is a solid 75% for fans of martial arts films only. I give Shang-Chi a mild recommendation.