35/50
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Poster
Directed by
  • Destin Daniel Cretton

Produced by
  • Victoria Alonso
  • Louis D'Esposito
  • Kevin Feige
  • David J. Grant
  • Charles Newirth
  • Jonathan Schwartz

Screenplay by
  • Dave Callaham
  • Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Andrew Lanham

Music by
  • Joel P West

Production Company
  • Marvel Studios

Distributed by
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Edited by
  • El√≠sabet Ronaldsd√≥ttir
  • Nat Sanders
  • Harry Yoon

Running Time
  • 132 minutes

Budget
  • $150000000

Box Office
  • $150000000

Language
  • English

Country
  • United States

Genre/s
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Superhero
  • Fantasy

Tagline
  • You can't outrun your destiny.

Where to watch
  • N/A

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Author

TheShowGauger

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Quick Review

Shang-Chi is a pretty entertaining film, sadly that may be all it is. The movie tries to be too many things at once diminishing the film's potential. As Bruce Lee once said "I don't fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks. I fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times.". Shang-Chi belongs to the former category, it's CGI pollutes the amazing martial arts, some of the characters feel superfluous and the plot is questionable. However it's still a fun superhero film to watch just don't expect much more than that.

Scoring

Visuals 8/10 Excellent

The CGI in this film was a bit over the top. To the extent that you can easily tell they're fake. This may not be a problem if you like loaded SFX but if you prefer quality over quantity this will not be to your liking. Shang-Chi includes a bunch of fighting scenes from pure martial arts to super-powered battles, the latter definitely is more fun to watch, but the quality varies.

Sound 7/10 Great

The soundtrack of Marvel movies is quite solid most of the time. It's rare for them to include an epic and classic theme but the soundtrack and background music is never actually bad. The music is always used to about the same extent. So don't except anything new at all. Just expect an adequate soundtrack that complements the visuals but never overachieves.

Cast 7/10 Great

This cast is mixed, some of the cast members are great, portraying their characters perfectly such as Tony Leung who played Xu Wenwu. But with the good comes the bad. For example, Akwafina who played Katy was quite intolerable throughout the film, her character was wrote lazily in such a way that brought the worst out of Akwafina instead of utilising her strengths.

Fluidity 7/10 Great

Shang-Chi was fairly fluid, it had a story that made sense at a glance, there were quite a few logical inconsistencies but nothing truly detrimental, the worst of them just undermine characters. The dialogue isn't horrible but seemed a bit stifled. Though it stands to a reasonable degree as the plot can be enjoyed by the average fan, even so it does not take a place in the Marvel Hall of Fame.

Execution 6/10 Good

Shang-Chi was executed adequately, it had the potential of being something more than it but seemed to spread itself way to thin and focus on way too many things. This dilutes the whole film making things things lighter and thinner. This though isn't fatal for the movie, it could have definitely been better.

Actors

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Simu Liu
Shang-Chi
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Tony Leung
Xu Wenwu
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Akwafina
Katy
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Meng'er Zhang
Xialing
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Fala Chen
Li
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Michelle Yeoh
Ying Nah

In Depth

Shang-Chi felt bloated, the plot is bloated, the characters are bloated and the CGI is bloated. It all feels loaded and swollen. The plot tries to be too many things at once and characters instead of focusing on what they are good they try to be things they're not. I'll start with the characters, who vary greatly in ability. Tony Leung was objectively the best actor throughout the film, he manipulates emotions with ease while his acting rubs off on the other characters making them better. Shang-Chi's character, played by Simu Liu, feels all over the place. He was apparently brutally trained to be a merciless assassin from six years old yet acts like a middle aged man-child, he is apparently freaked out by his friend Katy driving an expensive car recklessly but is relatively calm and collected as takes out a gang of thugs while careening in a bus without brakes. It makes a critical viewer question what his deal actually is. Otherwise he is a generic protagonist that can entertain the average viewer. Katy, Shang-Chi's best friend and sidekick played by Akwafina drags this film down, her writing is abysmal in the sense that it played to Akwafina's weaknesses instead of her strengths, it made her obnoxious and grating. This is probably the worst part of the film but thankfully she mellows out as it progresses. Shang-Chi's sister played by Meng'er Zhang seemed like an unnecessary character, she felt like a trope that was surgically inserted in to the movie. She was not able to train with her brother (who was subjected to backbreaking and torturous drilling) so she watched and mimicked his techniques and somehow is able to fight on his level, then she ran away from her father and managed to start an underground cage fighting empire. And when her brother came to warn her that their father was trying to get the pendant their mother gave her, she fought him, while live streaming the fight on the dark web. It makes you wonder about her cunning and actual ability if she would be live streaming her fights with her face exposed to the dark web when she knows her father owns a thousand year old terrorist organization. Especially when her brother made his way all the way over to Macau she would at least find out why he came then beat him up afterwards. She really just seems hollow. This film should have just been a pure martial arts film because that's where it excelled, the fight with Death Dealer was my personal favorite and I would have loved him having a more central role. The CGI seemed to crowd the film, it tried to incorporate Marvel's signature SFX and combine it with amazing martial arts. This is done poorly as the SFX pollutes the martial arts, this is another example of Shang-Chi biting off more than it can chew and thus diluting the solution. This film is entertaining though and I would recommend you to watch it, but it locks itself within the mid-upper bounds of mediocrity and cannot escape to a higher form of entertainment.

Storyline

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), a master martial artist gets confronted by his dark past when his father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), attempts to steal a pendant given to him by his mother. With his best friend Katy (Akwafina) he must journey to the ends of the Earth and beyond to protect the world from his father's intentions and his coveted rings.

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Facts

Fun Fact #1

This is legendary Hong Kong film actor Tony Leung's first role in an American film and his first English-speaking role, even though he has always spoken it fluently.

Fun Fact #2

Shang Chi's apartment features a Kung Fu Hustle (2004) (Kung Fu Hustle) film poster. Wah Yuen who plays Master Guang Bo, had appeared in that film as the Landlord.

Fun Fact #3

One of the fighters in Xialing's club has been enhanced with the extremis treatment from Iron Man 3 (2013).

Fun Fact #4

During the bus fight, a woman has her laptop split in half, she actually would have been able to recover her work because she was using a HP FOLIO 9470M which has a hard drive on the side.