Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an almost perfect movie that opens the MCU to unlimited possibilities.
Let me start by saying: Even though we already saw lots of footage between the trailers and the promo videos, you haven’t seen much yet. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings packs a lot more action, magic, and martial arts. Simu Liu, known in Canada for Kim’s Convenience, shines thru and thru. Supported by Awkwafina who plays Katy, Shang-Chi’s close friend who happens to be a girl. Their chemistry is undeniable, especially when Marvel chose to go the unconventional way with her character arc. SHE’S NOT HIS LOVE INTEREST!
What makes this film special is the same formula that made Black Panther a breakthrough.
Simply put, it’s a great MCU movie that pays homage to the Asian American culture without appropriating it. We get to see the immigrant family and experience that almost all immigrants can relate to. In addition to amazing marial arts fights and scenes in the first half of the movie, we also get to see family drama. Shang-Chi has a complicated relationship with his father.
As for the second half, here’s where director Destin Daniel Cretton blew my mind. Yes, critic reviews weren’t fans of the third act of the movie, but they’re probably not fans of the comics. To my surprise, Cretton held nothing and went full force into the comics world: Nothing is toned down. Lots of CGI but that’s normal for a true comic book. Some stuff just can’t be done in pure live action.
Finally, without spoiling the movie, expect MCU cameos (no, I’m not talking about Wong and Abomination from the trailers). In addition, and in true Marvel Studios fashion, stay seated for both credit scenes: a mid-credits scene and another one right at the end.
Should you watch it?
Yes, yes and a $90M yes. If you’ve seen all the trailers and promo material, you still have a LOT of surprises. Shang-Chi solo opening will be a pre-requisite to understand Marvel’s Phase 4.
Also, do yourself a favor and watch it in theater if possible. The third act demands a big screens and amazing sound systems.
Where can I watch it?
Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now playing in theaters.