Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Movie Review

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  • Simu Liu stars as the debuting title superhero Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” (Jasin Boland)

  • Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ topped the U.S. box office for the third weekend in a row. (Jasin Boland)

Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring actor Simu Liu released in theaters on September 3rd, 2021 and is the new exciting origin story expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in more ways than one.

It’s a refreshing lift for this next phase of the MCU. You leave the theater genuinely wanting to see more of Shang-Chi, even though we know we’ll be meeting him again very soon.

The first half of the movie is funnier and more down-to-earth than its second, which transitions from modern action to mythical fantasy with an emphasis on Chinese folklore – some actual, some imagined.

The film attempts to shake up the typical Marvel formula by infusing martial-arts action and grounding it in Chinese and Asian American culture.

For every high octane sequence, there’s a backstory to get you back into your seat. The amazingly choreographed fights will bring you to the edge of your seat, and, at the same time, you can’t help but groove to the peppy background soundtrack.

Marvel once again excels in terms of CGI. The graphics are so compelling that you don’t regret stepping inside a cinema hall in times of a pandemic.
Shang-Chi scores high on its technical font. Each and every craft excels in giving a thoroughly enjoyable superhero action flick. The top-class visual effects take the audience into a world of mythical adventure. The cinematography, production design, and background are top-notch.

Shang-Chi is definitely one of the better Marvel intros. Thor and Captain America both debuted in films less assured than this, and look at how they developed.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings earned $94 million domestically over its opening weekend, breaking the box-office record for a Labor Day release. It has a 98 percent audience score with over 10,000 verified ratings averaging a 4.8 out of 5 stars.

The movie has tons of comedy and jokes. It’s a kick to watch – often literally – and is the kind of movie popcorn is made for.