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

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

Despite a large portion of critics calling it one the best MCU movies to date, Shang-Chi unfortunately delivers a very cliché and predictable plot, even for a super-hero film.

That being said, the negatives of the film are substantially made up for by some really distinct positive points. The characters are well-cast, and the relationship between Shang-Chi and his father is multi-layered and quite well written. 

The fight choreography, however, is easily the most memorable part of the whole movie. Specifically, the hand-to-hand brawls in the bus and on the side of the skyscraper are phenomenal. However, Shang-Chi opts to fill the climactic final battle with a CGI-fest, which, although visually impressive, feels pretty disappointing and impersonal compared to the brutal brawls from earlier in the film. 

Still, Shang-Chi is an fun summer blockbuster that will appeal to fans of superhero and martial arts movies.

Overall rating: 7/10

Published by Jeremy Bader

Aspiring writer, film and music lover, drummer.

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