Fantasy, family, and madness turn a new page for Marvel Studios.
If you want to know where the Marvel superhero movies go after Avengers, Shang Chi and Legend of the Ten Signs are crystal clear — and hopeful.
I really enjoyed watching "Shang Chi", which airs exclusively in theaters on Friday, September 3rd, and spent most of my time dreaming after my show. It could have been longer. Perhaps it is the outlet cut. Or, maybe this good startup is a franchise of a whole new movie, and that movie is just to make the sequel(s) more complete. Anyway, this is definitely a better way than leaving theaters to get out of boredom, annoyance, or resentment in the good cinematic conditions of poor writing, acting, and directing decisions.
Shang Chi appears to be driven by clear top-down instructions to foster a new class of mystical superheroes while sticking to the inclusion of Marvel's weapon and full character development. The result is good news for anyone looking for a mix of exciting surprises and comfort food in their left-wing superhero movies. Plus, the first major superhero show brings enough "sacred" moments to make any viewer feel like a kid again.
"I'm Jeff Gordon Asian"
In terms of cinematic developments from the comics, Shang Chi is more intense than other Marvel movie characters. Instead of Bruce Lee's high-pitched voice, like the original ink-and-paper version of the character in the 1970s, contemporary Shang Qi (played by Simo Liu, Kim Comfort) dances between straightforward Chinese martial arts and the hard-to-understand ancient martial arts strengths of the chain. From the magic rings, it means wearing five rings on each arm. (The movie also has a lot of "Fu Manchu" humor in it, so no one new to the series will notice it.)
Shang Chi's character Thanks to his father controlling them at first, Shang Chi rejects his rooted power, so much so that we know him As a gentleman who does not secretly go out at night to fight crime. At this job in San Francisco today, he befriends party-loving Katie (played by Awkwafina, The Farewell), who has high expectations from his family.Advertising
A random encounter causes Shang Chi to return to his family business. Surprised to learn that her teenage friend was a secret martial arts dynamo, Katie insists she be a part of the ride. And he's driving these two people around the world - and beyond.
The heroic performance of the villainOh, ten episodes, yeah. Tony Chiu Wai Leong considers them patriarchs of the Vinovo family. Vanovo returns begging. Is it good or bad? Family discoveries hidden in the waters of Menger Zhang as Jialing, who has a bone to choose from with Shang Zhi. Shang Chi was close to his mother when he was a child, but it didn't last long. Vinovo and Shang Zhi in their young childhood years. Eventually the father-son relationship breaks down. A missing relative of Shang Chi, played by Michelle Yu, later reveals the main plot points of the film. You don't like it when Venovo gets angry. Marvel Studios "Seriously? Want to fight here?" It was really embarrassing if Shang Qi fell too high. Powerful and impressive battle on either side of a skyscraper.
This is a short, unspoiled summary of the family play you can expect from Shang Chi, but suffice it to say that when the film's parents play a major role in the protagonist's story, the heart of the film is heartbroken. It is fully pulsating. In particular, Tommy Chiu Wei Long (Chungking Express, Ip Man) continues his career as a legendary film director with his role as one of the most dazzling characters ever in a modern Marvel movie. "Evil" justice is not doing its job.
In fact, no hero is stronger for a hero than parental or child remorse - and Linge is here as an interesting idea. Leung, still faithful to his performance, whispers to his father, who was not good enough, that he is burning fiercely, emitting an unforgettable humiliating aura, from which his actors savagely feed.
Sometimes, the movie may take some time to try. Reflecting the cultural roots of the characters, however, Shang Chi benefits from his focus. Katie, Shang Qi, and her sister Xiling (Menger Zhang) struggle with the expectations of a Chinese family that fit their lifestyle in the United States or abroad. However, co-director and co-writer of Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) is careful not to associate these issues with pretty family-friendly arcs. Shang Chi, in particular, ends his conflict with his father at the end of the movie, slipping and exploding at any moment, which rarely adds to the main Marvel conflict. Avocafina is clearly here to quietly explore the comics, yet her workload here is delicious - and her character pays off by the end of the movie.Advertisement
Good actors, fans of action scenes
Unfortunately, the film misses many opportunities to support the inspiration and stories of the main characters. I was on screen for another 5-10 minutes of Wen Woo and Shang Chi on screen, only because we were just starting to see Simo Liu as the star at the end of the show. The family's mother (Falla Chen, The Undoing) appears to have cut short his screen time considerably, largely due to the way his performance neutralized Wenwu's character. Also, if you had to keep my points, Zhang's role where Xialing was reduced by the script, because the character doesn't do much under his brother - not a merchant, but it's worth mentioning.Shang - Chi Trailer and The Legend of the Ten Rings
However, the overall quality of the human plot and communication of the film is very high, and from that point on, Shang Chi starts some unforgettable action scenes.
At best, Shang Chi's fight scenes play out with visual expectations in a way that emulates some of the best of modern Chinese cinema. One of the characters adapts to his movement - recalls with amazement and confirms the aerial admiration of the hidden crouching tiger dragon. Another strikes brutal inside a high-speed bus, and the resulting brutality is similar to PG-13, Disney's version of a police tale. Another sequence decides that the corridors of the building on the edge of a skyscraper are a good place to rotate between planks on several levels and push anything moving out. This is a scene that honors both humorists and directors like Stephen Chow.
This list isn't even about the movie's massive struggle that explodes thanks to the insane rusty soundtrack. Show melee ring light. It just gets bigger from there.
A good kick with a strong family foundation, whether that family is integrated or ineffective: Shang Chi thwarts this idea in a way that is truly unique to the epicenter of superhero movies. Honestly, I can't think of other Chinese martial arts movies that perfectly combine family chaos, beautiful action, and a new hero's origin story. Shang Chi is exactly what I hoped it would be on Doctor Strange's eve next year in Multi-Realms Madness. Do I dare let a good Marvel movie make me optimistic about the amazing and vibrant plans for the coming years?
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