By Michael Patrick, Ph.D.
Saw Marvel’s latest, Shang Chi, on opening night. Awkwafina really delivered one of the best Marvel foils, brilliant casting as the funny and very relatable girlfriend. Michelle Yeoh is always a joy on camera. Dr. Strange’s assistant, Wong, makes a couple of appearances in a Marvel tie-in. Although the film is in English, it has a notable amount of Chinese language here and there, with English subtitles. My screen added Lithuanian subtitles throughout, but I followed it easily. Simu Liu is the lead, and pulls it off well, bringing out the character’s human side without overdoing the hero role—albeit a very high action joy ride from start to finish.
Will give it a few months and watch it again when it hits Disney+. Meanwhile, China’s government hasn’t ever really learned how to use the arts to their own cultural advantage, always driving the China bus with heavy-handed politics. I hope they eventually let it show in theaters there. In all, the solid ensemble cast delivers a fun film—8 out of 10 for me.
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