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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Film Review: From Excitement to Fatigue

I’m Gonna Change the Course of History

I had only heard wonderful things about this film before seeing it. I’m happy to say that I loved my time viewing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, although, in many ways, it’s simply another Marvel picture.

However, it may stand apart for a variety of reasons.

Overview

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), a martial arts expert, is compelled to delve into his past to prevent a threat from destroying all he loves.

THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

This is some of Marvel’s greatest hand-to-hand action in any of their films. You enjoy seeing it all come together.

My largest complaint is that it’s only action-packed at the beginning and the end.  The script spends a significant amount of time during the middle of the film attempting to deliver all of its information.

The absence of action in these sections makes the picture feel longer than it is.

There Doesn’t Need to Be Romance

For the entire length of the movie, I had hoped that Shang-Chi and Katy (Nora Lum) wouldn’t end up together. It was nice for a change having no love interest simply being a close friend with the opposite sex in most media is foreign but works great here.

Best Debut

The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has plenty of great moments often from them setting them up years prior. While the payoff is pretty great it does mean that every couple of years we have to watch yet another origin story.

Debut superhero films can be tedious to watch since the stakes aren’t always high, and they normally follow the same plot beats. While this is true for Shang-Chi, the film nevertheless manages to be entertaining.

Conclusion

While it may not deserve all of the praise it’s receiving it’s certainly a good film.

When can we see more action like this? it’s difficult not to become engrossed whenever a fight scene begins. The cinematography during these scenes is great, and the picture is free of the usual flaws that plague action films.

Plenty of movies have rapid cuts during fight scenes, making you miss the good stuff, but that’s not a problem here.

One of the best parts of Shang-Chi is the wonderful relationship between our hero and his co-star.

The most serious flaw is the film’s pace, which makes it feel excessively lengthy. I was waiting for it to finish, something I don’t recall ever feeling throughout a Marvel movie.

If this movie is any indicator Shang-Chi will be a well-welcomed addition to the heroes we already have in the MCU and his debut is one to remember.

Verdict 7.5 out of 10 Stars

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