Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shaun (Simu Liu) has been living his life in San Francisco fairly lowkey. He's a valet along with his best friend Katy (Awkwafina) but after a shocking display of power while being accosted on a bus, Shaun is forced to admit to Katy that his name is actually Shang-Chi, and his father (Tony Leung) trained him to be an assassin at a young age. His father has God-like strength due to the 10 rings he's in possession of, and now he needs his son to come back into the fold.
We're getting to a point in the MCU where I'm not very familiar with the newer properties they are bringing in. This one, and the upcoming Eternals I know next to nothing about, so I'm just along for the ride, and what a wonderful time this was.
I loved this. As I'm writing this review now, I wish I could go back to the theater and watch it again. I loved the banter between Shang-Chi and Katy. I like that they're not love interests, but just BFFs. That sets it apart from most of the other MCU origin stories. The fight choreography is outstanding and I think this might have the best score in the entire MCU. I've had the soundtrack stuck in my head all day.
Liu is a great lead. He's very charming. It's Tony Leung who gets the most to do acting wise, and he was fantastic. I also loved the other bits of the MCU they brought in, particularly the only part of Iron Man 3 that I liked.
My biggest peeve was the ending. I know why the Visual Effects team stages CGI heavy battles at night. It's just easier to render, but for a film that was so vibrant and fun, when the sky all of a sudden turns overcast during the big battle scene, it just looked ugly and reminded me of The Justice League in the worst way.
This is one of the strongest MCU origins to date, and I can't wait to see how he meshes with the other Avengers.
Memorable Quote: "That dragon just vomited a water map and now I don't know what's real." - Katy (Awkwafina)