Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Movie Review: A middle of the pack Marvel film

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released in U.S. cinemas on September 3, 2021. It currently holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 224 reviews from critics. The newest Marvel film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings follows Shang-Chi, who must face his past after his father comes to find him. As the journey unfolds, Shang-Chi continues to learn more about his family’s past, leading to an ultimate faceoff.

The Good:

The first outstanding element of this film is that Shang-Chi is the first Asian Marvel superhero and this is really the first Asian-led Marvel movie in general. It is amazing to see more cultures being represented in the Marvel universe. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings did a terrific job of exploring different elements of Asian culture.

Along with that, the CGI was also pretty well executed throughout the runtime. The rings and the aura of color that surrounded them was utilized well and added a different element to the fight sequences. However, the final battle did have some slight issues, with the CGI looking funky at times.

The final aspect of this movie that I thoroughly enjoyed were the fight sequences. The fighting that takes place in this flick is so different compared to what we have seen in the past from Marvel superheroes. It was really exciting to see this style of fighting and the choreography was phenomenal.

The Bad:

Like most other Marvel movies, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also suffers from inopportune comedy. Yes, several of the jokes landed and had the audience laughing. However, I seriously do not enjoy seeing characters cracking jokes when they are in near-death moments. It completely takes away the tension of the scene and this happens multiple times in this movie.

I also thought that flashbacks were overused. Of course, some of these were completely necessary and added a substantial amount of depth. However, there were a couple, specifically in the second half of the film, that could have been cut. Because of this, the pacing was off to me in the back-half of the movie, therefore not being as enjoyable as the first hour.

I was immensely excited in the final 30 minutes of this movie to see how the final battle would play out, but I was ultimately quite disappointed with it. I won’t spoil anything, but I will just say that I wish the star of the film, which was Shang-Chi, would have been the spotlight of the final sequence. While some may feel differently than me, I just felt like Shang-Chi wasn’t even the main attraction in the final battle. He felt almost lost in the chaos and I wish that he would have been given a better moment to shine in the final moments.

I had high expectations going into Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Was it a bad movie? Absolutely not. Nonetheless, I did leave feeling somewhat disappointed…

Final Verdict:

While Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had issues, it was still a perfectly acceptable newcomer into the MCU. Personally, I don’t think it is one of the best entries, more in the middle of the pack.

Still, if you have been invested in all of the previous Marvel films, I would still recommend that you venture out to the theater to see this.

It features some awesome action/fight sequences, along with a new superhero that I am very excited to see more of in the future. The constant untimely comedy and a lackluster ending still left me feeling a little disappointed with this film.

Rating: 6 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thank you so much for reading my review of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! Let me know what you thought of the film in the comments and as always…


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