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REVIEW: Beautiful, exciting ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ brings martial arts action to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sep 2, 2021, 2:00 PM | Updated: Sep 11, 2021, 11:58 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Get ready for your first martial arts Marvel movie.

Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” opens in theaters Sep. 3, 2021.

In “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Simu Liu stars as Shaun. He lives in San Francisco and works as a parking valet with his best friend since he emigrated from China to the United States as a kid. Neither Shaun nor Katy (Awkwafina) is a particularly career-oriented or motivated individual.

But one day while riding the bus Shaun is suddenly attacked by some ninja-types and a guy with a sword for a hand who want to steal a necklace his mother gave him.

When Katy sees Shaun’s previously-unknown-yet-obviously-massive talent for martial arts as he artfully thrashes them, she realizes there’s more to her friend than she knew.

Shaun is actually named Shang-Chi, and he’s the son of a legendary crime figure. The attack sets events in motion that will bring Shang-Chi face to face with his family, and the past he thought he had escaped.

As someone who has been a comic book reader since I was a kid, it was refreshing to see a story where everything was new to me.

As a martial arts movie fan, it was great to see the action done with artistry, ferocity and precision.

Shang-Chi is a kung-fu character originally introduced in Marvel Comics in the 1970s, then started popping up again in stories more frequently starting in the mid-2000s.

The movie does well to update the character for today’s age and remove some of the Asian stereotypes prevalent in the 1970’s comic.

Fortunately, you do NOT need to know any background story from the comics to be able to follow what happens in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

It is a beautiful, fun and exciting movie with some exquisitely choreographed and jaw-dropping martial arts fight scenes.

It is rated PG-13 and playing exclusively in theaters.

Interested in this movie?  Watch the video at the top of the page for my full, in-depth review with likes/warnings, age recommendations & final rating.

(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Wenwu (Tony Leung) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Ying Li (Fala Chen) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. (L-R): Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. (L-R): Wenwu (Tony Leung), Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. (L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Wenwu (Tony Leung) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Hopefully you & your family found this review helpful! Andy Farnsworth is the movie and pop culture guy for the KSL 5 Today morning news show and also hosts the Fan Effect podcast for KSL NewsRadio. Check out some of his other in-depth reviews of movies and streaming TV series on KSLTV.com.

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REVIEW: Beautiful, exciting ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ brings martial arts action to the Marvel Cinematic Universe