Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ★★★½

Nice to see a filmmaker try to draw humanist and cultural values again from Marvel's recently artless worldbuilding excesses (almost started to think Black Panther was a fluke). For once the action in itself carries all the transportive elements of the cinematic universe package. Some elegantly distinct fights here each with separate personality and serving the story's strong emotional releases. When things eventually go full Dragonball, there's also adequate imagination to back it.
And Leung's smartly magnetic performance adds its own looming stakes to the story and makes the character work all the more dramatic. His brief restaurant massacre being one of my new favourite sequences in the MCU.

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