Movie Review: Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings

September 26, 2021

Details from IMDB:

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

 

Initial thoughts:

I’m sure if you read this blog you knew there was a 100% chance I’d see this movie. Marvel/Disney have a winning formula for movies, I have enjoyed everything they have done (with maybe 3 exceptions) in the past 13 years. So, of course, I saw this, and to make it better I was high (for the right movies it’s awesome!) and did see it in IMAX.

Main points:

I was glad to see Marvel make this movie as authentic as possible with (mostly) Asian actors, crew, directors, and writers. While some of the fight scenes are the quick shot North American style of doing it, others are much better with long take, intricate fight choreography and a much more “Crouching, Tiger, Hidden Dragon” feel to them (with Michele Yeoh getting some great fight scenes too!).

The main star, Simu Liu, is really good and I have to say it’s nice to now have 2 Canadian actors playing Marvel superheroes. If you’re of legal age and want to partake (and can get safely back and forth to the cinema) I highly recommend watching this movie stoned, it certainly added to my enjoyment. The movie got me right away and within 5 minutes I was laughing and smiling. I’ve never been much of a fan of the “Shang-Chi” comics but as is Marvel’s ability, they make you care/enjoy characters you barely knew about before.

Sure the movie has some flaws, I found it a little long (maybe 10-15 minutes) and there is a part involving an archer that makes very little sense but overall it’s a fun movie.

Final Thoughts:

There is some violence and blood here, so ages 13+, please don’t bring young kids to see this (like people did when I saw it in the theater). A solid 7.5 out of 10 from me and I would recommend it to anyone who is a comic book or martial arts fan. As people have pointed out I quite enjoyed how the villain here is very believable and well-developed, many movies forget to do that. Also, watch for a character played by Sir Ben Kingsley, he is really funny here and does a great job and stay until the end for 2 post-credit scenes. Looking forward to what comes next for this character.