Shang-Chi: Marvelous Marvel hero, Lord of the 10 Rings

BRENT NORTHUP Film Review Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Streaming on Disney+

The pandemic has taught me to be patient. Instead of rushing to the theaters for an opening night spreader-fest in a crowded theater, many of us simply wait for streaming day.

On Nov. 12, two months after opening in theaters, Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” arrived on Disney+.

My expectations were high since “Shang-Chi” holds a 92 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is the highest grossing film in the states this year, bringing in $224 million domestically and another $206 million internationally.

The verdict: For once, I can embrace the cliche and affirm that this Marvel release is, in fact, Marvelous. And that’s coming from someone who has tired of superhero sequels.

“Shang-Chi,” while very much a card-carrying member of the Marvel universe, emulates and celebrates traditional martial arts movies.

“Shang-Chi” is part Little Dragon and part Flying Dagger – a blend of Bruce Lee and Zhang Yimou. Add a cynical, quick-witted script and presto: fun, high-quality cinema.

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