Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

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I had pretty high expectations for this movie seeing that I liked the other Destin Daniel Cretton movies I saw before this and the fact that it looked really cool. This film did NOT disappoint. The first thing I want to mention is the cast. I thought everyone did the best they could've done. Simu Liu did a fantastic job at brining Shang Chi to the big screen and the chemistry he had with Awkwafina was great. I also thought that Tony Leong did a nice job as Mandarin. Another thing that I thought was great was the overall pacing of the film. I thought the movie spent the right amount of time with building up the story and the action scenes and the length of each scene was perfect. Sure, there were a couple action scenes that went a bit too long, but overall the pacing was pretty good. Speaking of the action, I thought it was some of the best action in the MCU. I'm typically not a big fan of random slow-mo moments in action scenes, but I thought it worked in this one. I thought the style of it all was great which added something to the action that we haven't really seen in the MCU before. I do want to talk about the directing in this film since I watched Destin Daniel Cretton's other films (except for I Am Not a Hipster which I couldn't access) before this one. I thought he did a phenomenal job behind the camera. He was able to put a lot of creative things into the film and he did an excellent job bringing this story to the big screen and finally giving us a good Mandarin. The post credit scene also really sparked my curiosity and did exactly what I wanted it to do.

I do have a couple complaints though. I thought that they could've fleshed out some of the characters more like Shang Chi's sister and his aunt. The movie made them likable characters and they had character depth, but I felt like they were more there to move the story and create more for Shang Chi as a character than having them be really cool characters that you are rooting for just as much as Shang Chi. I also thought that some of the humor felt a bit forced like on the airplane and other parts of the film. Regardless I still really enjoyed this one and had a blast watching it. This gives me hope for the future of Phase 4 of the MCU.

GRADE
B+

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