Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS feel like one of those MCU films Marvel needed. Their origin stories along with their main team-up movies are my top favorites. This is no exception. Shang-Chi felt new and fresh. This felt like the movie that's the real start of Phase 4. Shang-Chi is Marvel's wuxia/martial arts movie with some fun humor and superhero action thrown in.

Simu Liu was born to play the character of Shang-Chi. I love that he's a fresh face and someone unfamiliar in Hollywood. It's also great to see Awkwafina having fun since she's known for playing fun characters. The best part for me is Tony Leung as Xu Wenwu (Mandarin). I love his use of the ten rings as a superpower and his character was so fleshed out for a Marvel antagonist.

I'm kind of tired of seeing people having problems with the MCU's third act in their films. This right here while yes there is heavy use of CGI, it doesn't take away from what came before it which is a great hero's journey. I can see this one getting better on repeat viewings. Now I'm glad that Marvel has made a superhero movie representing the Asian community with a great lead character in Shang-Chi. It's easily a top 10 MCU movie in my eyes.

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