William_Myers’s review published on Letterboxd:
After a long year hiatus for obvious reasons, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made its satisfying return to cinemas, starting with Black Widow and now comes Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I was pumped to see this one because having Asian martial arts taking place in the MCU sounds so exciting to me and hot dog, did this one truly delivered the greats.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a top tier Marvel movie in my book, quite possibly Top 15 and a fan favorite superhero origin story since Doctor Strange and Black Panther. Newcomer, Simu Liu made his debut here and his charismatic personality absolutely nailed his titular character as he aims to confront his troubled past when he was drawn into the mysterious organization with his best friend she tagged along with him. As soon as the two post credits scene showed up, I cannot wait to see how Marvel will have in store for this particular character. Speaking of partners, Katy portrayed by the Last Dragon herself, Awkwafina almost steals the movie as she was the comedic relief. Her line delivery had me and my grandmother dying laughing in the theater and I bet her hilarious lines in Shang-Chi made Florence Pugh proud. And oh man, the main antagonist played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai was a fantastic villain and one of the best in the MCU. So many moments where you actually felt bad for him, but then you realize how awful of a father he was. Everything that led up to the climatic duel between father and son all makes perfect sense as to why their relationship was so complicated.
However, the main cast was not the main highlight of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. That award goes to the choreography and the fight sequences. OMG!!! The combat choreography was incredibly well shot and well planned out you swore to fuckin god that they hired the fight choreographers from Ang Lee's masterpiece, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I strongly believe that the fight sequences set a new high bar for the MCU with amazing visuals as well as with the exciting and thrilling score during the fantastic and well put-together action set-pieces. If the MCU continues this high level of quality with their action sequences, we could possibly see another film where its action would become groundbreaking for a whole new generation.
Overall, this was such a fantastic addition into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I cannot wait to see how the other two this year will play out as. I'm also praying with my heart that Shang-Chi will do well in the box office. If their movie-making records bomb, we'll always have the Eternals and Spider-Man to look forward to and see which one will break new box office records during the darkest of times today.
Also, the post credits scenes were great. Go see this movie! Its that great!!!!