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MartyK0015mp’s review published on Letterboxd:
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I thought I could change my name, start a new life…. But I could never escape his shadow.
First time watching
This film has exceeded my expectations I had for this film. This is a MASSIVE surprise.
‘Shang-Chi’ follows the titled character confronting the past he thought he left behind when he is being drawn into the organisation that is known as the ten rings.
Marvel newcomer Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi. I thought his performance was solid. There was a moment where he is discussing having blood on his hands, and you could actually feel his anger, his guilt, and that is where Simu Liu became this character for me. Even though he is charming and very likeable. He has a tragic backstory which doesn’t make him the typical Marvel hero whose all good and a saint like. Knowing this makes him a much better character in the MCU.
The person who has the best performance and in some ways carries this film is Tony Leung who plays Shang’s father Wenwu. He is the MVP. He is a complex character, which makes his relationship with Shang dynamic. We understand him, even being sympathetic with. He has just become one of the best MCU villains.
Awkwafina as Katy has great chemistry with Simu Lui. She was funny. But I would say that sometimes it would cut to her during specific sequences is unnecessary as they were trying to bring the humour out more. But, the person who had brought the humour was….. (spoilers) Sir Ben Kingsley, who had a much bigger presence as Trevor than I expected him to have. Bringing him back is a very bold move given his reception as the character back in ‘Iron Man 3’. I liked him back then and I like him here.
The action is on level with ‘The Winter Solider’ with how intense it is and how well shot they are. It’s very detailed. Sometimes the CGI isn’t the best during these shots and even though the 3rd act becomes an traditional MCU finale, I prefer the 1st act’s action sequences.
Destin Daniel Cretton directs one of the best MCU origin stories that’s full of action and humour. Along with a great villain, ‘Shang-Chi’ has become an massive surprise in Phase 4 and I can’t wait to see what Marvel does next with the character.