Rifky Nobu Mitsuki’s review published on Letterboxd:
The third film from the MCU that I gave 5 stars.
The action has been boosted from the start, fortunately it managed to build high tension with the execution of the action which is very astonishing. The time gap between the fight scenes on the bus and on top of the buildings in Macau is not that far but it is very important and the timing is good in maintaining the momentum to build the tension imo.
This film has a broken family because of the missing mother figure, and honestly I like the drama aspect in this film, it managed to make me tear up. Because the mother figure is gone, the father returns to his dark past self, the son runs away because of the pressure, and the youngest daughter becomes lonely and hurt because she keeps a false promise. The most unfortunate and distressing in my opinion is Xu Xialing, the youngest daughter, literally every time I look into her eyes, I see the pain caused by Shang-Chi's promise and the lack of love of her father, Xu Wenwu.
In fact, for me the moment their family came together was warm, even though Wenwu was delusional because he was whispered by a soul-consuming monster pretending to be the mother, ruining it all. Even though Wenwu was classified as really evil, but seeing his fate at the end, then seeing his two children see his condition, made the final battle with the monster feel full of emotion.
All the actors did a great job, Simu Liu, Meng'er Zhang, I've invested my emotions in them, it will be nice to see them back together in the next film. Tony Leung & Michelle Yeoh are arguably on a higher level than all the actors in this film, but Tony Leung shines more here.
Lastly, will Awkwafina be a superhero in the next film? I don't know much about Marvel and can't imagine her being one of them, even though she did good job here.
That's all I want to type, thank you.
Ranked #3 of 31 on my 2021 list (November 17th, 2021)