Pedro’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched "Shang-Chi" months after the release because I feel like superhero movies, especially Marvel ones, are starting to wear off. A few exceptions aside, the movies always look the same, always with the dull and totally out of place jokes and that third act that will destroy the world if the hero doesn't save everything. That's the price you pay when you have an interconnected universe, you have to repeat the formula because the public already knows what to expect, I think that's why Eternals is being criticized. I haven't seen it yet, but some friends have told me that the movie is far from being this hideous and ghastly thing that many are talking about. I think that's what makes me excited about the movie, just that Marvel is trying to do something different and new, it excites me. I'll try to see it later this week.
Returning to the film in question, "Shang-Chi" has several of these problems that Marvel has had for years, but it is also a film that has its identity and charisma, different for example from some things that Marvel itself released this year. I liked the actors, everyone is acting really well, I liked the fight scenes, they are all really fun and super well choreographed (apart from that horrible final battle between two lifeless dragons made of paper) and I like the story to some extent. It's a movie that feels good, you have fun watching it above all, it's not a boring movie. I think when the film follows its identity, it does well. Now, when the movie starts to make connections with the Marvel universe and makes the same mistakes mentioned above, it completely loses. But it's that kind of movie where the good points are so good that the bad points stand out, the final impression is really good.