Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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

Okay now I think I’m comfortable with my rating. While Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings does put its own spin on the generic MCU formula, which manages to make it stand out alongside its better than usual visuals, great action and choreography, and some (while almost excessive) flashbacks and family drama that truly give these characters actual life, but there’s just something within the plot and pacing that I can’t quite pinpoint that makes this less rewatchable as I’d hoped. Wenwu may be one of the MCU’s best characters, though, and I do like how the writers managed to get this nice balance between family drama, martial arts films, and the humour and big CGI shitshows we expect (and that I love) from this franchise. It’s flawed, but it’s better than most of Phase Four, and even if I don’t find it all that rewatchable, at least it tries something (slightly) different, and stands out because of it.

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