Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

Despite feeling a little rushed to begin with, i winded up thoroughly enjoying the consistently entertaining and engaging pacing of this as it went on. The action choreography here is absolutely phenomenal and I loved how different it felt, as a whole. For an entirely new character in the cinematic world, I did expect to learn a little more before things kicked into full flow, but upon greater thought - I wouldn’t actually want it any other way. This throws you head first into the shit storm and I had an awesome time with every minute of it. The characters are really great, and it’s cool to see some genuinely brilliant representation, with a tonne of depth and nuance behind it. The CGI, especially for the ten rings stuff, was mind blowing. Tony Leung plays the best villain to grace the MCU in a very long time. I’m actually really satisfied with the way Phase 4 has unfolded so far, from a cinematic standpoint. I think most of the TV shows have been a bit iffy up to this point but I actually had a lot of fun with Black Widow, Eternals and Shang-Chi. Awkwafina serves the role of comedic relief excellently and Simu Liu was born to be a superhero. The broken family dynamic added so much complexity to the narrative, and I think that’s where it shines the brightest. The visuals were really cool too! I think it’s my favourite Phase 4 movie so far. Easily one of the best final battles of the franchise in recent memory too, there was a genuine struggle present, which meant that the pay-off felt truly earned. I loved it!

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