Soumik Banerjee’s review published on Letterboxd:
Leads with your breath, the light, and the dark. To know yourself, you must know both
Let's keep aside all these serious conversations about Asian Representation, Diversity and all other societal stuff for a moment and let us all just appreciate Marvel for creating one of the most (if not the Most) emotionally charged superhero movies in recent times.
I'm not even exaggerating, I have been a follower of Marvel since my teenage days, suffice it to say, Through many ups and downs I keenly witnessed all of their works over the years. Trust me when I say that they have very much revamped their strategy this time around.
Excluding their typical set-up for a Comicbook blockbuster, Shang-Chi's familial/dramatic aspects are on an all-time high here. The way this story has been told, it just feels somewhat distinctive and special (Especially, compared to the last few projects Marvel has had come up with).
Other than the apparent masteries in its Audio-Visual departments (as expected); the narrative here infuses a powerful statement, a different outlook on family & self-acceptance. And guess what? it never sounded preachy nor pretentious; not for a single moment.
Another praiseworthy characteristic is the Action sequences or to be precise, all the Choreography behind! An incredible show for the Martial Arts fans and yeah FYI Simu Liu (Shang-Chi); our primary protagonist did most of his stunts, all by himself; that is amazing Isn't it?
Pretty much the same impression applies to all the other members of the ensemble; however, I do have some serious reservations about their respective character depictions.
To start with, Shang-Chi's estranged father (Played by a veteran, Tony Leung Chiu-wai); The writing on his character felt a bit detached and incoherent! Don't know about you, but for the most part, I was rather uncertain about what should I exactly feel about this guy! Should I be sympathetic or furious about the choices he had made? Gotta say this dilemma got the better of me.
Furthermore, the Mother of Shang-Chi (Played by Fala Chen) from Ta-Lo; I do feel her screentime in here should have been elongated a little bit more! Just so the viewers could grasp her part of the storyline too! Other than that, she, herself was pretty great in there. No complaints whatsoever. And Oh yeah, Nora Lum or Awkwafina (The Name, majority of you might know her by). She was terrific in her role as well; the much-needed comic relief in such a sob story!
In a nutshell, I must admit, this was a rather unprecedented gamble from Marvel and It did pay off quite well in the end. To be honest, I couldn't be more pleased about that! As I see it, these Superhero films tend to get repetitious over the years so it's always like a breath of fresh air whenever there is a drastic transition coming straight from the creators, and when it gets backed up by the Big Studios themselves; well that's your cherry on top.