Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

"Look into your heart, the light and the dark. To know yourself, you must face them both."

Incredibly entertaining, with not only an excellent sense of humor, but outstanding fight choreography and action, and satisfying emotional story beats. "Shang-Chi" provides a good, rootable lead hero, as well as a complicated, well-motivated villain. And the supporting characters are similarly fun and fantastic.

The script does a good job of showing us pieces of the story, just enough that we need to know at a time, before later revealing more of the past, more of what drives these characters. More of what they struggle with. It's nice to have another Marvel hero who is filled with darkness, with blood-soaked hands. It's very compelling.

Liu and Leung Chiu-wai are excellent, especially together. Both carry an incredible amount of charisma, and you especially can't take your eyes off Leung Chiu-wai. Awkwafina is also very enjoyable, and is thankfully given more to do in the story than just comic relief - all of which she handles very well. Zhang is fierce and full of stoic strength. And Yeoh is an excellent later addition.

One surprise cast member is hilariously welcome, as well, stealing as many scenes here as he does in a previous Marvel film.

Rarely in the MCU has a new hero's actualization and true emergence been this thoroughly cathartic and beautiful to watch. West gives us a good and at times haunting score, which helps the film's climax to be something really special, very suspenseful. Another rarity in the MCU.

Overall, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is an absolute winner.

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