Review: SHANG-CHI Introduces New Hero With Insane Action Sequences

(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be remembered for its top-tier action sequences and solid introduction to a new MCU hero. Drenched with everything Marvel fans should expect and more, it exceeds expectations and delivers a promising future for what’s to come next. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings go all out with its action sequences and that alone is enough to consider watching this film. Only suffering from small script issues along the way, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a phenomenal film.

It can’t be stated enough how this MCU film rises to the top in terms of the action that unfolds. The choreography put on display is some of the best Marvel has to offer. Providing well-written characters only add to the intense fighting that occurs later on. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings balances a heartwarming origin story with humor and stunning visuals that will keep audiences engaged for this exceptionally crafted movie. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and written by Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, and Michelle Yeoh. In the film, Shang-Chi (Liu), is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization. His unarmed weaponry-based Kung Fu creates a problem for those that cross his path.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The characters truly make this film a thrilling experience to watch play out on the biggest screen. Shang-Chi, a trained assassin, abandoned his family at a young age, and now attempting to live in hiding. His backstory unravels in a way to reveal what he went through was more than a child should have to deal with. Consumed by shame and sadness, he works as a parking valet with his friend Katy (Awkwafina). Their friendship is one of the more heartwarming aspects, and Katy is the comic relief for the film. Her humor is never out of place and is balanced with the more gutwrenching moments. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings give Shang-Chi an origin story rooted in loss and misguidance. Making his character relatable and sympathetic.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings excel at focusing on repairing a family dynamic. Shang-Chi’s past can’t be avoided forever, but audiences will be filled in on why he ran, to begin with. Told through flashbacks, a young Shang-Chi was manipulated and trained for horrific intentions. Putting the past behind you is an overused way to push a character forward. However, Shang-Chi’s approach makes for a compelling watch, as he rekindles broken relationships. The MCU’s newest origin story unpacks itself through stellar world-building to provide an enchanting experience for audiences.

(L-R): Wenwu (Tony Leung), Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Liu’s performance as Shang-Chi is incredible to witness and Marvel fans should be excited to see what he brings to the table. He doesn’t steal the show though, Tony Leung’s acting is on another level. He’s a layered villain that is heavily influenced by heartbreak and disappointment. The chemistry the actors share assists in keeping audiences invested in their progressions. Cretton’s direction keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat, but the pacing can be slow at times. It’s an action-packed spectacle that he captures wonderfully. Even when punches aren’t being thrown, the time spent getting to know the characters isn’t a bore. Visually, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is mesmerizing to look at. The choreography accompanied by its hard-hitting soundtrack amplifies the experience.

(L-R): Katy (Awkwafina) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of Marvel’s best films. Equally thrilling, humorous, heartwarming, and packed with action sequences that will leave you breathless. It only suffers from certain writing choices that feel unnecessary, specifically the inclusion of a certain character. The cast should be proud of what they have crafted together, and Marvel fans will get to experience it later this week.

By Eric Trigg

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