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You know when Andy got a Buzz Lightyear toy for Christmas and was so obsessed with it that it was the only thing he wanted to play with in Toy Story? That’s me, I’m Andy. Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is out, and it was worth all the hype it has got because it was one hell of a film. Let’s jump right into this non-spoiler review!
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is about Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) confronting his past. After living a regular life for years and hanging out with his best friend Katy (Awkwafina), the Ten Rings has come back to Shang-Chi’s life and flipped it upside down. Shang-Chi will have to go head to head with his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), to stop the Ten Rings’ plans from bringing evil upon the world.
I really enjoyed the storytelling of the film! As someone who has no clue regarding the character of Shang-Chi, the movie definitely has made me a fan. The dialogues and delivery were fantastic as well. Also, changing up the character of Mandarin was one of the best things the MCU has done, and it’s my favorite version of the character by far.
Now, the only criticism I have for the film is how fast it was going. I wanted some of the moments to last a bit, basically a bit more fluff in scenes because when the film goes it goes full speed ahead. Again, the storytelling of the film was great, but I definitely wouldn’t mind a couple of more minutes added for more dialogue.
Overall, I got to give it to Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel, and Andrew Lanham because I want more! I hope a sequel is already being written because I’m obsessed.
Ok, let’s talk about the action because this is important. Everything I wanted from Netflix’s Iron Fist is all in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The action in this film is best the MCU has to offer so far! As someone who loves hand to hand combat, this film fucking delivers. No more talk about the knife fight scene from The Winter Soldier because this film made it look like child’s play.
Also, shoutout to a lot of the actors doing their own stunts in these fight scenes, y’all really killed it, also Simu Liu surprised the hell out of me. The hard work really showed off. If this is what we got in one movie, I’m excited where the action will go from here.
I adore the cast in this film. As a new comer, Simu Liu is a great addition to the MCU. Liu’s acting was great, loved his delivery and emotions, plus as mentioned before his fight scenes were killer! Tony Leung as Wenwu was my favorite and stole the show for me. Leung’s acting was so smooth, so smooth I was willing to join his side and fight for him too. Also, I have to give it to Awkwafina because this is my favorite role she’s done, well right next to playing Sisu of course in Raya and The Last Dragon. Meng’er Zhang, who plays Xialing, is a whole badass and I want more of her in the MCU because I’m sold.
A lot of the actors has did amazing in their roles. Fala Chen as Ying Li, Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan, and many more. Marvel Studios has yet again casted amazingly for their movie.
Another thing I enjoyed about the film was the visuals. A lot of the scenes looked just beautiful, and the aesthetics were an eyecatcher. Also, a lot of the clothing designs in movie were heat.
Music for sure was a strong point for the film as well. I’m a fan of of hip-hop, so when they fight and the music starts playing, I just get pumped as hell. Also, there are times when the film have beautiful and emotional moments, which the music really compliments. I haven’t enjoyed music like this for a film since Black Panther, and that says a lot because I consider the music in Black Panther the best we’ve gotten in comic book films. Joel P. West did not hold back at all.
Yes, Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is that good. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even think I was going to enjoy it this much, but that’s what happens when you have a great team making the film. One thing’s for sure, the future of the MCU is bright with Shang-Chi added to the mix.
Watch it, leave the theater, buy another ticket, and watch it again, but if you really like it then repeat the first step.