Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

Simu Liu proves to be more charismatic than Brie Larson as a superhero while similarly stoic, and I appreciate the film’s decision to stay loyal to the characters’ native language throughout the film, but the obvious nods to other kung fu fantasies and Jackie Chan’s action stunt work aren’t done any service by a hackneyed plot with cardboard cutouts for characters, and the end result is a lifeless introduction for yet another Avenger in this endless stream of manufactured commercialism that is the MCU.

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