Shang-Chi and the Legends of Ten Rings is the 25th Marvel Studios film and the second movie in Phase four. Marvel Studios presents the martial arts side of the MCU. The film co-stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung. The film introduced and explained the Ten Rings that we’ve seen going back to the Iron Man Trilogy.
The biggest take away I enjoyed was Tony Leung ‘s breakout performance as Xu Wenwu/The Mandarin. The actor is well known in the Asain film entertainment and made his American acting debut in Shang-Chi. The actor carried the movie for me and was the most well developed character in the movie. His chemistry with Fala Chen who plays his wife had great chemistry and you can see the love and sacrifice they made for each other.
The action and martial arts I thought was very good. The choreography was very good and was dragon ball z level kind of action through out the movie. The story was consistent and there wasn’t any awkward or odd moments within the film.
I enjoyed the chemistry between Simu Liu (Shang-Chi) and Awkwafina (Katy). Their chemistry was surprisingly good that carried the movie from beginning to end. Their dialog bounce off each other very well. The last 40 minutes of the film is very good as audiences will forget they are watching a Marvel movie.
I audiences will be happy with Shang-Chi trying to fix Iron Man 3 with the return of Ben Kingsley’s Trevor character. I thought making the rings into bracelets was surprisingly a good idea as it worked a lot better than I thought. The way Xu Wenwu and Shang-Chi uses the rings power was awesome and worked perfectly.
The CG was a mixed bag in My opinion, because the fight scenes at night and the bus scenes was recognizable to me with the CG. The first hour is using the same Marvel formula with over saturated jokes. I think audiences will be disappointed with the Wong and Abomination scenes.
I thought Simu Liu as Shang-Chi was ok but nothing about him stood out. The actress who plays his sister didnt stood out either and felt like she was there for political services and to set something big up for the next movie.
I think who ever has the movie rights to Dragon Ball Z, needs to hire Director Destin Daniel Cretton and the choreography team because they did fantastic job with the fight and action scenes. There are two post credits scenes I highly recommend audiences to stay for both of them as it gives a hint to the future of the MCU.