Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

This was pretty much an original and unique superhero movie that has actually made me wanna get back into action a lot, specifically Hong Kong action. I think the most commendable thing this movie has is definitely it’s fighting and choreography. The bus scene is got to be one of the best fights the MCU has made so far, and the movie combines so many different techniques together to make martial arts a really central part of this movie. Jackie Chan’s style is exhibited on the bus and scaffolding, the wire work is reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, and the village of Ta Lo uses tai chi like they do in ATLA. While Shang-Chi doesn’t have a specific style, a bunch are blended together in this movie, including using rings on the arms to fight, and bow staff fighting. The rope dart and Sheng Biao has got to be my favorite of the martial arts showcased here though. This movie does cut like other Marvel films do, and keeps the audience on the action, which is what I really loved about Hong Kong action. The story is actually not badly written either, and I like the similar message that a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, in that there’s a lot of daddy issues. Shang-Chi’s dad is a well-written character who means well, but is just blinded by love and the power of the rings. It makes for a compelling third act when his father toys with the idea of redemption, only for it to be drowned out by a big monster fight, which I was also not expecting. Overall this MCU installment is a tribute to the martial arts and all of the pioneers for it, and is a great standalone film in the franchise.

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