Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Doesn’t Disappoint

Marvel’s latest character gives hope to moviegoers going back to the theaters.

Above: Shang-Chis mastery of the rings

Above: Shang-Chi’s mastery of the rings

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

The author Fannie Flagg once wrote, “Don’t give up before the miracle happens.” That’s how dire the situation has been at the box office lately. Movie theaters needed a miracle. It may have just delivered in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. This new character addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has promising potential to bring moviegoers back to the theaters.

The movie stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, the main character in the movie, and his best friend Katy, played by comedian and actress Awkwafina. Notable other characters are his father, played by Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, his sister Xialing, played by Meng’er Zhang, and aunt, played by Michelle Yeoh. Additionally, there are several cameos of the Marvel character Benedict Wong, who is an integral character in Marvel’s Dr. Strange movies and I’m sure will ultimately tie Shang-Chi into other Marvel projects.

Without giving too much away, the star, Shang-Chi, also known as Shaun, comes from a heritage where his father was an elite fighter who followed certain mystical dark powers and his mother, who dies during his childhood, was also an elite fighter who followed different mystical powers than the father. This was truly a marriage of the dark vs. the light. Both Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing inherited their excellence in fighting along with other powers, which presents as a good vs. evil theme throughout the movie, both with other characters and the war within themselves. Shang-Chi’s father wants him to take over in the family assassin business which Shang-Chi resists. This gives the backdrop to the current storyline of Shang-Chi’s father never getting over the mourning of Shang-Chi’s mother. He will stop at nothing to try and bring her back, even if it means the destruction of family.

Some of the elements of this movie were unbelievable such as the choreography and fight scenes amongst the characters. I haven’t seen a movie with fight scenes this good in a long time. One of the other movie-goers in my group said that the fighting was as graceful at times as dancing. There was definitely a lot of respect given to Asian heritage in the movie without it seeming hokey like a typical Kung-fu movie. The majority of the entire cast was Asian, as they should have been, which gives more diversity in the MCU. Also notable was female representation in the movie. Female actors and fighters were a focus, not a part of the background, In the future, this movie gives the  potential for many female heroes to become new Marvel additions in the MCU, again adding more diversity.

I recommend this movie and give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Others agree with me, as Rotten Tomatoes website has given it a 92% Fresh score and an audience rating of 98% Popcorn score. I think this movie would be enjoyed by all movie-goers looking for an action-packed fast-paced  movie to see, but extremely appreciated by Marvel fans looking towards the new Phase 4 heroes, bad-guys, and MCU’s storyline future.