Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings Review

Review | Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is an outstanding movie full of surprises that features an excellent cast and wonderful visuals. It’s one of the best 3 Marvel movies!

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie. It’s a representation that was much needed and I’m really happy it’s finally there! But can it truly deliver a new superhero for the modern era and another smash-hit for Marvel Studios?

(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 courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
STORY

I’m going to say it right away – Shang-Chi is a top tier Marvel movie, it’s literally one of the best 3 Marvel movies! That’s how good it is. Phase Four is taking the MCU into new horizons. With what we have seen so far, I think it’s safe to say Phase Four is going to be the best.

This movie has a great pacing and you don’t see the 2h12 minutes passing by. I was totally transported into another universe the whole time. It has three distinct acts. The first act introduces us to the legend of the Ten Rings and the main characters while also relying heavily on the action. The second act focuses on the characters. While the final act goes full fantasy. It presents us with a brand new world outside of the one we already knew. It’s a magical world that is inspired by Asian culture. Especially Chinese. And obviously, it’s my favorite part of the movie because of its inspirations. But also because it’s something so different from what we had seen in the MCU before. It’s a breath of fresh air.

(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.
SURPRISE PACKAGE

There are a lot of surprises throughout the movie in terms of characters but also with what happens in the story. Wenwu is the main antagonist for Shang-Chi. It’s a great one because it’s his father. So there is a lot of family drama. It also features Shang-Chi’s sister. And much of the drama is about their mother who died and Wenwu’s refusal to accept it and be there for his children. I love that storyline, it’s a great entry into the world of Shang-Chi. Beyond that, there is also a greater power for him to face. It’s something I also loved seeing as it fully embraces the fantasy aspect of the third act. Destin Daniel Cretton needs to be back as a writer and director for the sequel.

(L-R): Katy (Awkwafina), Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
POST-CREDITS SCENES

There are two scenes during the credits that tease things to come. The first scene is definitely one of my favorite mid-credits scenes in the MCU. It features one of my favorite characters in this franchise. Seeing that character interacting with Shang-Chi has me totally satisfied. Plus, this scene connects the movie to the bigger picture of the MCU.

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.
A NEW HERO IS BORN

Just like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange, with one movie Shang-Chi immediately became one of my favorite characters in the MCU. There’s something in the way he is written and the adventures that he lives that has me loving the character (and who portrays him also plays a big part in that). And his costume is so good. It’s simple but efficent. Speaking of costumes, you can clearly see the inspiration from the Asian culture, it’s absolutely beautiful!

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
CAST

Simu Liu was perfectly cast as Shang-Chi. He delivers what’s needed for the character. I just can’t wait to see where and when his character will appear again ! Awkwafina is great as well. She knows how to bring the fun. And her character Katy makes an awesome team with Shang-Chi. These two are the heart of the movie.

Meng’er Zhang plays Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing. She does a pretty good job with the character and is able to bring a strong presence in her scenes.

Wenwu (Tony Leung) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Then, there is Tony Leung who plays Wenwu. He is a class act. His character is at the same time very serious and tormented. And Tony Leung does a brilliant job at capturing both sides of Wenwu. Michelle Yeoh first appeared in the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 but she only had a cameo. This time, she plays Shang-Chi’s aunt and it is a bigger role. She has this presence that radiates wisdom and serenity. When you do an Asian superhero movie, you absolutely need her. And there she is in all her glory. Obviously, she gets some great martial arts scenes.

Finally, I want to mention Sir Ben Kingsley who returns as Trevor Slattery. He was present at the world premiere and announced as part of the cast. I’m just so glad to see him back. He is actually there for more than a cameo, it is a secondary character. I liked that they mentioned the fake Mandarin storyline from Iron Man 3 and then made something else of Trevor. Sir Ben Kingsley plays him well, it’s really fun !

(L-R): Ying Nan (Michelle Yeoh) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
VISUALS

The visual effects in this movie are impressive. I was in awe at the magical world from the third act. There is a lot of creatures and a big dragon ! They’re all quite realistic. It’s a wonderful world. And the final fight that takes place there is absolutely spellbinding.

Alongside Black Widow, Shang-Chi features some of the best action scenes of the MCU. It’s well shot and it’s not a shaky camera but a steady camera that allows us to fully appreciate the fight scenes. And since it features martial arts, the choreography is most impressive ! Overall, the cinematography is beautiful with vivid colors and stunning scenery.

Wenwu (Tony Leung) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
SOUNDTRACK

The score was composed by Joel P. West. It’s a memorable score. West brings an epic music to the action scenes. I love its Asian inspiration. This movie is a beautiful celebration of Asian culture.

VERDICT

Shang-Chi is up there with the best three Marvel movies. It’s an outstanding movie full of surprises that features an excellent cast and wonderful visuals. Simu Liu was perfectly cast as Shang-Chi, and this character has immediately become one of my favorite MCU superheroes ! This movie is also a much needed Asian representation in the world of superheroes.

 

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is distributed by Marvel Studios and will release in cinemas on September 3 in the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

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