Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.

With this film marvel give us something that feels familiar but also brand new and exciting at the same time. The visuals are extravagant, and the action choreography is breathtaking at times and the result is a film that is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful story about grief and loss.

Though the film’s stuff about grief unfolds in a very annoying and flashback-y way and it’s literally spread out through the entire film so by the time the resolve happens, there’s already a lot happening and there’s no room to taken in some air and let go, but it’s still pretty much effective for what it is.

What happens here in this film is that I found it to be perfectly balanced in terms of how it melds the worlds together, the fantasy elements are amazing, and the martial arts elements are amazing and obviously the Marvel Cinematic Universe elements are amazing. However, the film does fall short in exploring the Chinese and Asian American culture, this part of it feels a little flat.

I found yourself to be so involved and invested in these characters and their lives from the get-go, unlike with most Marvel films where it took me awhile to sort of warm up to them, here I’m all for them and their journey’s.

There’s a real sense of wonder that hits you when you’re watching the film, especially in certain fight scenes. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings as has one hell of a villain, who is so well rounded and despite him falling into the trappings of the typical MCU things, we’re able to connect with him on a human level and that’s due thanks to Tony Leung who approached the role with such sincerity.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings is almost a perfect film but there’s moments where I felt like the pacing could have been better and Ruiwen and Xialing could have been handled much better because as good as Awkwafina and Meng’er Zhang’s performances are, their characters at the end of things did feel a little bit incomplete and rushed so they fail to reach the levels that Shang-Chi and Wenwu reach, but the end product is truly great. MCU formula at it's best.