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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reiterated Why ‘Shang-Chi’ Is So Important

This isn’t going to be a long, profound post about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring‘s important impact on the AAPI community. It’s merely an observation piece, albeit a brief one, that had me seething last night.

In fact, it made me so angry I decided to write this post. And this is why.

Le Roi Arthur de Guy Ritchie, un divertissement à la (dé)mesure de la  légende – Le Cri du Troll

In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a movie with an expected predominantly White cast there is an Asian character named George. In a sequence where Arthur and his buddies are telling a very convoluted story to a ranked soldier they mention George in a very derogatory fashion, calling him “Kung Fu George.”

My sister and I gasped. Mind you, this is a movie that came out just four years ago and yet the writers elected to treat its only Asian character in a demeaning way. So what he ended up becoming one of the Knights of the Round Table. They still slipped in an unnecessary form of racism.

Marvel's Kevin Feige addresses China's 'Shang-Chi' concerns, Fu Manchu

Fast forward to now and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is dominating the box-office and is the highest-rated superhero movie among audiences on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% score. A movie with a predominantly Asian cast and a story that never shrinks from highlighting the vibrant and fascinating cultures of the AAPI community.

I’ve read so many posts about why Shang-Chi is so important. And when you think about films like 2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword or 2016’s The Great Wall–a movie starring Matt Damon that portrayed him as the savior of China–you realize that yes, we have a long way to go in terms of inclusivity but it’s nice knowing that Shang-Chi and all of the accompanying characters in that film exist to wash away the stereotypes.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

Movie Review Flashback: My Review of The Great Wall

Since December of 2016, I have written a LOT of movie reviews. I love looking back sometimes at old movie reviews I wrote about films that I have either watched for the first time or have seen many times and want to elaborate on. So, here’s a flashback to one of the earliest movie reviews I wrote on this blog. Enjoy!

As you probably have noticed from my site I love movies. There are some films however that I happen to miss when they come out in the movie theaters and I have to wait until they’re available on Digital or Blu-Ray. Well, The Great Wall was one of those movies.

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When its first trailer debuted in 2016 it was met with a ton of backlash, and deservingly so. The trailer portrayed that this movie was going to revolve around a Caucasian man, played by Matt Damon of all people who, somehow, was on the Great Wall and was obviously the savior of the Chinese. It was a very bad way to advertise the movie and ended up killing any chances of the movie becoming profitable. It was so distasteful that there was next to zero advertising for the film until a couple of weeks before the movie debuted in theaters.

And Matt Damon seemed to be very absent. He was barely on any late night shows and he was definitely not on the cover of any entertainment magazines. When the movie was coming out I had no desire to watch it. I instead went to see The Lego Batman Movie which ended up being a very dry, very boring, not-that-funny hour and thirty-minute movie that felt like it was taking FOREVER to finish.

So, eventually, The Great Wall was available to watch on Google Play and craving a new movie I decided to rent it and see if it was good or not. I came into the movie thinking it was going to be just a tad bit more enjoyable than Assassin’s Creed which would mean it would be a pretty awful movie.

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As soon as the movie started I immediately noticed the cinematography was extremely impressive. It grasped my attention because it was so beautiful. I still was watching the movie however with the notion that it was going to be terrible and would annoy me somewhere down the road. Well, to my great surprise, it didn’t.

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My Review of The Great Wall

As you probably have noticed from my site I love movies. There are some films however that I happen to miss when they come out in the movie theaters and I have to wait until they’re available on Digital or Blu-Ray. Well, this was one of those movies.

When it debuted its first trailer last year it was met with a ton of backlash, and deservingly so. The trailer portrayed that this was going to be a movie about a Caucasian man played by Matt Damon of all people who, somehow, was on the Great Wall and was obviously the savior of the entire Asian race. It was a very bad way to advertise the movie and ended up killing any chances of the movie becoming profitable. It was so bad that I don’t think I saw any heavy advertising for the movie until a couple of weeks before the movie came out. And Matt Damon seemed to be very absent. He was barely on any late night shows and he was definitely not in any entertainment magazines. When the movie was coming out I had no desire to watch it. I instead wanted to see The Lego Batman Movie which ended up being a very dry, very boring, not-that-funny hour and thirty minutes movie that felt like it was taking forever to finish.

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So a few weeks ago The Great Wall was available to watch on Google Play and craving a new movie I decided to rent it and see if it was good or not. I came into the movie thinking it was going to be just a tad bit more enjoyable than Assassin’s Creed which would mean it would be a pretty awful movie. As soon as the movie started I immediately noticed the cinematography was extremely impressive. It grasped my attention because it was so beautiful. I still was watching the movie however with the notion that it was going to be terrible and would annoy me somewhere down the road. Well, to my great surprise, it didn’t.

First of all Matt Damon’s character William and his rascally friend (I can’t remember his friend’s name) were men looking for gunpowder. That’s why they were all the way over at the Great Wall. I wish they had advertised that when the movie had been coming out because it would’ve made people a little less upset.

Secondly, the movie was gorgeous. It was so beautiful that all I could do was watch the film in stunned awe. Let me give you a mental picture of one of the early sequences in the movie. Think of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the epic battle between the humans and uruk-hai at Helms Deep near the end of the movie. If you have watched the incredible fantasy flick you will remember how the elves and men waited upon the wall before the battle began. Well, think of that epic setting except there aren’t elves. It’s instead a beautiful array of colorfully segmented squads in the Chinese army who have different objectives in battle. And their armor is stunning. Long capes, beautifully engraved armor, striking helmets and wonderfully designed weapons. I was shocked.

Thirdly the story wasn’t bad. It was predictable, yes, but it was enjoyable. Matt Damon was, of course, the main hero but it wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. You could say he was really a co-star alongside the powerful, very awesome female warrior Commander Lin. I have no idea why more people didn’t talk about her character. At a time when people want more diversity and leadership roles for women in movies, I’m surprised no one didn’t praise the movie for at least that much. And (there’s a minor spoiler alert ahead) she ended up becoming General of the army due to some unfortunate circumstances. It’s really sad that no one said anything about her and her very important role in the movie.

Was this the best movie I’ve ever seen? Of course not. It was however much better than I anticipated and I think if you’re bored and you want a movie to watch this is one to see. In fact, I’m giving the movie a B+, that’s how consistent and fun the movie was to watch. I even watched it for a second time the next day because there were things I wanted to see again.

I’ll be writing a review about the new Wonder Woman movie within the week and you won’t want to miss it. Until then thank you for reading my post and have a wonderful day.