Jackson’s review published on Letterboxd:
I FUCKING LOVE CULTURE FILMS!! When Black Panther built a whole representation piece of African Culture, the world was attracted to what the MCU had accomplished. And here Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has done the same thing. Now I’m not saying this is gonna get a Best Picture nomination, but it followed the story while incorporating that look on Asian culture and the legends within it, that was beautifully well done. Destin Daniel Cretton was the best director for this film and his vision shows.
And I already have a deep love for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I love how Marvel makes us doubt them, then gives us something that proves to us that they still got it. And man what a fucking improvement from Black Widow. I liked Black Widow, but this was so much better. This had so much better character development, and entrance to character it’s insane. Simu Liu is without a doubt amazing as Shang-Chi and brought great emotion, was compelling, definitely showing potential throughout for a really well done pay off by the end. Awkwafina was an absolute blast, that’s facts, and the fact that she’s gonna be apart of more in the future is awesome. The Visual Effects were just god tier. The Cinematography should definitely be an Oscar contender. It had that James Bond approach sort of how Roger Deakins formed Skyfall mixed with Peter Pau’s striking scenery of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Also the story was outstandingly well structured. The Father was an expert example of a great MCU Villain. He had a background and most importantly a motivation for what he was doing. The third act was Incredible. The Stunt coordination was incredible. The whole rebirth of Shang-Chi in the water was beautiful symbolism. And Michelle Yeoh absolutely killing her role like she always does. Overall, this film is just visually stunning & utterly brilliant.