Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

Grade: 85%
2021 RankedHERE

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the newest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and brings the first martial arts focused film in this series. Shang-Chi is living a normal life as a valet when he is forced to confront his past and his father when he is called on to save the world from the Ten Rings organization. Simu Liu stars as the titular character and it’s his first major role in film where he does a great job as Shang-Chi, and Tony Leung is a standout as well as the real version of the Mandarin. The villain is actually a strongpoint of the film, unlike many other MCU movies where that aspect tends to be weaker, but Leung’s character has a unique goal as a villain and it’s definitely one of the best parts of this film. The action scenes, when they showcase classic hand-to-hand combat, are truly incredible. Scenes on a bus as well as on the side of a building stand out as highlights, unfortunately the CGI can be hit or miss and the final fight scene falls into the classic Marvel formula where it becomes a massive CGI battle that wasn’t necessarily bad but I definitely missed the grittiness of the true combat. I love that Marvel is starting to delve into stories they haven’t yet and I’m excited for their future, this was a fantastic origin story for a great character that I can’t wait to see return, this film was great to see at the theatre and I truly hope this performs well at the box office. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings contains great action, interesting new characters and a few nice surprises along the way, I love the MCU and this was a great new addition, it doesn’t necessarily take huge risks but it didn’t need to in order to successfully provide a great movie.

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