You'd think after living 1, years, the ancient one would take a beat before believing that freeing the beast will somehow bring back his dead wife. But no. Here comes the beast and every other CGI trick in the book.
Then legend of the 10 rings traces back to that green pendant Shang-Chi's mother gave him as a child. As in the best fables, Shang-Chi must learn that his real power is inside his heart. But not before Shang-Chi gets to kick butt on a gargantuan scale. It's action poetry in motion. With its daredevil artistry and all its main characters of Asian descent, can "Shang-Chi" make history? The film's star sure thinks so. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year.
We are the surprise. LOG IN. Deadline A generation or two ago, few sports were as lily-white as tennis, and the notion of girls from the rough hood of Compton rather than Beverly Hills producing tennis stars was unthinkable. Powered by WordPress. Close the menu. Follow Us. Sign Up. Advertise About Us Give us feedback Leave us a tip. The director and co-writer, Destin Daniel Cretton , may not be the second coming of John Woo, but he's done a fine job of absorbing any number of Asian action influences, from the slapstick fisticuffs of Jackie Chan to the balletic grace of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Speaking of Crouching Tiger : It's delightful to see the great Michelle Yeoh turn up late in the show as a benevolent mentor to Shang-Chi. She prepares him for an epic showdown with his father that feels a bit like this series' past epic showdowns, full of apocalyptic stakes, bloodless casualties and visual-effects overkill. But the finale also has a depth of feeling that sets it apart and leaves you wanting to linger in this particular world a while longer — before the next Marvel movie comes along.
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