Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings premiered on 3rd September 2021. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the 132-minute log film is produced by Marvel Studios. Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung alongside other cast members.
– Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings review contains mild spoilers –
Marvel’s First Asian Superhero!
As a Marvel fanatic, ever since Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was announced I was excited about Marvel’s first Asian superhero and the storyline that the trailer presented. As soon as the movie began with the Marvel introduction playing on the big screen and the audience hooting, I dived into the world of Shang-Chi and it did not disappoint. Not even once.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings revolve around Shang-Chi aka Shaun who lives in San Fransisco and works as a valet and chills with his best friend Katy but things take a turn for him when the Ten Rings enter his life and threaten things that are dear to him leading Shang-chi to return back to his old life, one he left behind with an intention to never go back to.
It is an excellent film in terms of cinematography, music, and cast ensemble. The first half of the film is relatively simple and features some hilarious moments and builds up the tempo of the film, whereas, the second half of the film takes you deeper into the legend, the ancestors, the evil, and closer to the Ten Rings. Additionally, the film gives ample space for female heroes to rise such as Meng’er Zhang as Xu Xialing and Awkwafina as Katy Chen.
Marvel succeeds in providing a warm portrayal of the Chinese culture in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Apart from that, the fights are amazingly executed and choreographed and will have you at the edge of your seat with soundtracks that make everything about the film so much better. But above all, Marvel yet again excels in the CGI department, making the film one compelling watch with not even one dull moment throughout. It is impressive, entertaining, and make you want more with its 2 post-credit scenes.
Simu Liu as Shang-Chi is charming and will have you in awe of him through the film, he fits the narrative of the hero with utmost perfection. Tony Leung is Xu Wenwu, Shang-Chi’s father and the leader of the Ten Rings who longs for his dead wife and wants to bring her back at all cost. His character is smart, strong, and literally like the master of martial fights. His fight sequences are commendable. Fala Chen as Ying Li, Wenwu’s wife, is fierce, beautiful, and strong. Even though she is there for a short duration her character leaves a mark on both viewers and the other characters.
Lastly, Awkwafina as Katy Chen shines through as both the strong and humorous female character with a possible superhero arc in future and Shang-Chi’s possible love interest or best friend at least. Furthermore, Meng’er Zhang as Xu Xialing is the epitome of power and grace here, a self-taught girl who was neglected as a child after her mother’s demise, her character adds to the entire film making it a whole.
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! From beginning to end Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings keeps you hooked to the screen with everything about the film placed in the best possible way. It is meant for a theatrical watch and it won’t disappoint you but will rather leave you impressed and waiting for the next instalment. The sheer rush I got every time I heard fans like me hoot and scream is crazy! There’s nothing about the film that I would say requires correction or that could’ve been better. It is amazingly drafted, executed, and choreographed.
Lastly, remember The Mandarin from Iron Man 3? He is also here and well, it’s one good ride.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is screening now in cinemas near you.