SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Although the movie rightly stays focused on Shang-Chi’s journey, he gets plenty of much-needed help from the capable, caring and powerful women in his life. As expected, Awkwafina’s Katy is funny, but she’s more than just comic relief. She’s relatable, loyal and resourceful, with a penchant for joy-riding that comes in handy.

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Note to Hollywood: Fight Scenes Are Not Foreplay – Nell Minow comments

I was disappointed to see the same obsolete trope in two Hollywood films this month. In The Protégé and in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings we see a man and a woman in an all-out mixed martial arts fight. At least comparatively speaking, in these two very intense, full-on fight scenes, the women are the good guys and the men are extremely dangerous killers. And in both scenes, the fights are concluded not with one combatant defeating the other but with the couple having sex.

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