Rating: 4.8 Stars
By Keanu Silva, Managing Editor
(Light spoilers ahead)
Marvel’s first Asian superhero makes his entrance with an incredible blockbuster that will amaze not only superhero fans but also those who love classical Chinese cinema and martial arts television.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” arrived at theaters September 3rd, introducing the newest member of the MCU with what could be the best action scenes in the whole franchise, with cinema references, great graphics, incredible music and the return of old foes. “Shang-Chi” doesn’t disappoint.
Going into the movie I truly didn’t know what to expect. Growing up watching the classical Asian cinema I had no idea if Marvel could do it, if they could really recreate what some tried but failed to do. Well, they actually did it. Coming out of this movie really leaves you amazed.
The whole movie is filled with incredible action sequences like fighting in a bus going down the streets of San Francisco against a mercenary with a blade for an arm, to fighting thousands of mythical creatures with a dragon and finishing off with a ‘Kamehameha.”
But that’s not it. Simu Liu’s character shines in every kind of scene, with comedy, drama and incredible stunts (which by the way were performed by himself) along with Awkafina, who brings a great performance to the big screen.
The writing makes every side character feel like the main character, with well- written and -paced backstories and their own scenes to shine in the acting, while also bringing some old foes like Wong and Abomination, two characters that you might have not thought to see in this movie.
The movie takes place sometime after the events of “Endgame,” connecting to the bigger universe as Shang-Chi is welcomed into the superhero life, explained by Wong, Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner (yeah, you heard that right), not the Hulk that we had seen in the previous Avengers movie. this is the comeback of the scientist in human flesh.
The verdict: the movie is incredible and is now in my top four best Marvel movies, with great pacing and acting that never make you feel bored or unfocused, music on point with perfect match to scenes, great graphics (even with some minor scenes where you can notice it was filmed against a green screen). Even the biggest CGI action scenes with dragons seemed extremely real, giving you a taste of what’s to come in the future. And for those asking if the movie has anything to do with the new multiverse, yes, it does, so be sure to stick for both after credits scenes to jump out of your seats.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is now available in theaters, and for the best experience possible visit your nearest IMAX theater.