Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

The thing that elevates this otherwise average superhero origin story is the meat-and-potatoes fight choreography, courtesy of Jackie Chan's stunt team and the late stunt coordinator Brad Allan. The film's first half sees Shang-Chi face Wenwu's minions inside a bus and up a skyscraper scaffolding. Unfortunately, both fights dwarf everything that follows. As impressive as later battles are, they underline the Marvel Cinematic Universe's overreliance on CGI, particularly during the film's climax. Nevertheless, director Destin Daniel Cretton still makes the blue screen-heavy conclusion culturally fitting, if not particularly thrilling.