Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Writer/s: Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham, Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin
Starring: Simu Liu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Awkwafina, Meng-er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, and more.
HOOOBOY, have I been waiting for this one! “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is here, I’m here for it, I’m hyped for it. No other intro is necessary. LET’S FREAKING GOOOOOO!
“Shang-Chi, the master of unarmed weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.”
Listen, I have not gotten this excited during a martial arts movie since the first time I watched “Legend of the Drunken Master” when I was a child which sparked my love for them. After that view, I dove into Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and plenty more. As of late, exciting martial arts films haven’t been as frequent, but Shang-Chi is simply built different. It gave me the martial arts fight choreo I have been desiring to see again, it gave me a magical/fantasy-like vibe that I also adore and it gave me that Marvel quality superhero film that I have grown up with. What more could I want? Oh, that’s right, let’s throw some DOPE ASIAN/ASIAN-AMERICAN REPRESENTATION IN THERE! Just way too dope.
These characters are incredible. Starting with Shang-Chi, incredibly likable. Simu Liu was the perfect choice for him. Flawed, sure, but a character primed for growth for the future of the MCU. I’m more than excited to see his utilization going forward.
Just so you all know, my social medias will now all become Meng’er Zhang fan pages. But for real though, She is absolutely electric and badass in this movie! Quite possible one of the most talented fighters of the characters, and low key one of the most powerful as well. Meng’er played Xialing with excellence and I loved every moment with her.
Awkwafina, I feel, is one of the hardest working women in the business right now. She is hitting every mark when she is in a role in practically any type of film/TV series. Her personality is one of a kind, and she is hilarious every time. Nothing changes with her role as Katy in Shang-Chi. She’s a scene stealer and the top comic relief of the film.
Queen Michelle Yeoh: This woman has been kicking ass, literally and simply as a performer, for ages. Yet another powerhouse of the movie.
The main villain within Xu Wenwu played by Tony Chiu-Wai Leung is excellent. Honestly, the motivation behind Xu is heartbreaking and makes him one of my favorite villains of the MCU.
Shang-Chi moved through its runtime effortlessly. This story never lazes off, it’s high octane action, great laughs, and a moving story from start to finish. On top of some perfectly executed elements, what I also loved about this movie was the detail and attention made to Asian and Asian-American culture. I couldn’t help but smile at moments that are probably looked over by most viewers, but as an Asian-American, these moments made me happy to see on the big screen.
Let’s get to the nitpicking part. Razor Fist. Wasn’t a big fan. He looks pretty dope and badass, but he was used as comedic relief, and he just didn’t fit the bill for it. And that car? I’d expect him to be facing off with Vin Diesel in Tokyo for the next Fast film.
While I did enjoy a certain cameo. They had some comedic moments but ultimately they were a bit of a bother for me, especially as they were used as the “key” to finding Ta-Lo.
Honestly, without a doubt, Shang-Chi is one of my favorite experiences in a theater this year. It’s exciting, it’s action packed, the impart of the story isn’t harmed or flooded by said action. It was a wonderful origin film to kick off this new phase of the MCU. I have said it before that I was worried for what is next for the MCU but after “Black Widow” and now Shang-Chi, I think we are on route for an excellent next phase.
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