Movie Review: Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings Proves Marvel Can Do It All

Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings marks Marvel’s first Asian lead and mostly Asian cast film. The project stays true to the Asian myths and customs that drive its plot.

Kicking off with a classic Chinese backstory that we all love, and returning to present day California with a mind-blowing, fast-paced bus fight reminiscent of Keanu Reeves’ ‘Speed,’ Shang-Chi is a dream watch for all lovers of the Kung-Fu and superhero genre.

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.

Earlier in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, lead actor Simu Liu said, “There are many moments, and there are many characters that you root for and fall in love with. It really is a celebration of Marvel and of superheroes but also of Asian mythology. That’s something that we haven’t seen before in a superhero movie.”

His assessment was perfect. Shang-Chi fused all of of Marvel’s exceptional storytelling, continuity, and cinematography in appreciation and celebration of Asian mythology.

Katy (Awkwafina) 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.

There’s indeed a lot to admire about how Marvel has continued to invent unique fictional universes and timelines and still manage to stitch everything together almost without blemish. In Shang-Chi, Benedict Wong’s cameo was the linking device, apt and potentially hinting at how the infamous ten rings have come to stay in the MCU.

Although Shang-Chi is more of a filler movie than a critical story, it’s worthy to note that Marvel’s grip on moviegoers and box-office success is well deserved. They’ve built a reputation, spending huge money bringing together the most creative people in the industry. Shang-Chi typifies that.

As director Destin Daniel Cretton revealed in another interview with The Hollywood Reporter, several renowned talents in the industry, such as cinematographer Bill Pope (The Matrix Trilogy, Spider-Man 3, etc.) and stunt coordinator late Brad Allan (Who Am I?, Tuxedo, The Accidental Spy, etc.) all contributed to the success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings.

What do the critics say?

Shang-Chi has a 4.7 rating on Google from 1411 audience reviews as at when this publication was made. On IMDB it is rated 8/10 from 35,050 votes, and on Rotten Tomatoes, reviews from 5000 verified audience rate the film a whooping 98%, while it scores 92% from 244 Tomatometer reviews. That’s all really impressive.

Media Rants verdict:

Shang-Chi delivers on all of its promise of intimacy with the audience through adept storytelling and character development. It makes a good watch for everyone looking to to have a great time in theatres with friends and family.

Final verdict: 8.5/10.

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