Cody’s review published on Letterboxd:
I thought it was about time that I actually caught up on the MCU films this year, and I was honestly most excited to see Shang-Shi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as it seemed like the most promising film of their slate this year. Unfortunately, I ran into similar problems that I had with Black Widow, where I was taken out of the film by the sheer amount of CG that is put into these films. They feel like fabricated worlds, rather than something remotely grounded in reality, which I’m not a terribly big fan of. The characters have a lot of charm, and I would love to see more of them in the future, but this film really felt too long, was too bloated, and too muddy to be anything truly interesting. If it wasn’t for the charm of the characters, I woudn’t care to watch this again. But, I’d be willing to give it another chance just becuase I did enjoy these characters. It’s a shame that this film was more of a letdown, since I had a lot of hope for it. But, it is nice to see that Marvel is willing to let different characters have their spotlight, especially minority characters that have been absent from a majority of the MCU.