Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

give ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ deston ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ daniel ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ cretton ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ the ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ last ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ airbender ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ pronto ๐Ÿ‰

โ€ฆ then let him get back to making emotionally beautiful dramas.ย 

there are a few hand-to-hand fight scenes (thanks to the brilliant brad allen) in shang-chi that are definitely some of the best marvel has put on screen. cretton some how manages to bring an emotional component to the father/daughter/son relationship that i found rather touching. emotionally (and physically) abusive dadโ€™s are hard mother fuckers to shake, regardless of everyone telling you to let them go andโ€ฆ

sorry, years of therapy just kicked in, anyways:ย 
thereโ€™s a dark story beat involving a little deadly payback that made me wonder if wong kar-wai and christopher doyle came in to do a few days of shooting and it instantly become one of my favorite moments in a marvel movie.ย 

thereโ€™s a lot of good stuff here. i actually enjoyed the relationship between liu, awkwafina and zhang. the latter being a particular standout - letโ€™s get that cathy yan directed xialing bossy boss movie made (quick before I regret saying that).

but: we need to completely abolish cgi battle scenes from marvel for a few years until they can design them better. the action choreography was so beautifully done but couldnโ€™t quite manage to leave marvel excessive computer generated bullshit in the dust. if it wasnโ€™t for crettonโ€™s ability to mine some real emotional power from some of the imagery the final act of this movie wouldโ€™ve been a total bust.

and yet: i actually enjoyed this a lot. perhaps even more than iโ€™m giving it credit for with my star rating.ย 

yeoh and leung are my original auntie and uncle.

also: two live action subzero vs. scorpion movies should make mk fans happy.

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