Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The first half of Shang-Chi was a lot of fun. I was so excited that the score felt new and vibrant. The action scenes had little to no shaky cam, instead swaying with the action and dancing around them. It wasn't perfect, still too many cut-aways and too many close up action so it's hard to see what's happening, but it was a huge improvement over previous MCU entries.

Unfortunately once the crew gets taken back to their fathers compound I slowly started losing interest. The end battle is unique in that it had a huge dragon and some kind of demon monster, which I enjoyed. But it never felt like any of the characters were ever in much danger, and once again an MCU movie ends in a huge climactic CGI fight. Sometimes a CGI fight is ok, but here it really looked like it and everyone looked to be on some soundstage. Also, I like how Shang-Chi's sister uses those Kunai weapons except unlike Scorpion from Mortal Kombat she just had the ropes wrap around the enemies. Can't have her piercing bad guys in a MCU movie.

Fun, not perfect, but I really enjoyed Shang-Chi and I look forward to more of him and Katy.

- The composer Joel P. West gets major points for creating a really beautiful and unique theme for Shang-Chi.
- This was my first theater going experience since Covid began. According to Letterboxd it was Feb 6, 2020 for Birds of Prey. 1 year and 7 months.
- What is life anymore?