Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ★★★★½

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Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

As we progress deeper into phase four, I look back at Shang-Chi in such an appreciative way. This is a film that nails (mostly) everything it is going for, and it provides a compelling origin along the way. There may be a few jokes that don’t land, and not everything about the third act works, but the scale and spectacle are fantastic. I want to focus on the action scenes because this has been my biggest complaint with phase four. We are either getting less action than expected or mediocre choreography. That is certainly not the case here, as the choreography is top tier. The camera movements and style allows the fighting to stand out, and the actors deserve every bit of kudos. Tony Leung is so good, and you feel for him throughout. That longing to save his wife is there, so you resonate with him regardless of his actions. Awkwafina almost overstays her welcome, but she does just enough to provide some great moments. Seeing Michelle Yeoh is always wonderful, and Bill Pope’s cinematography amplifies every major moment. Also, why aren’t we talking more about Joel P. West? I stand by this being a top ten MCU score, and the theme is currently stuck in my head. It hits the standard origin story clichés, but it does just enough to avoid the eye-rolling moments, and it provides a ton of fun.


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