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

A forest and mountain view from China

Many millennia ago, Xu Wenwu came across the all-powerful 10 rings, which gives one extreme supernatural powers and even immortality. 

In 1996, Wenwu entered a magical forest, where a woman named Ying Li fought against him, not wanting him near her village. However, the feud ended. Then the two fell in love, married each other, and had 2 children. Their oldest was a boy named Shang-Chi, who lost his mom at age 7. He then is forced into learning intense martial arts until age 14, when he is sent away to San Francisco. His new “name” became Shaun.

Years have passed, leading to the present day. Shang-Chi goes to work at the hotel, where he does the valet parking service with his friend, Katy. Then they board a bus, where a fight breaks out, and then everyone takes part in the chaos. 

Furious, Katy insists that Shang-Chi reveals details about his past. Not long after, Shang-Chi reunites with his sister, but in a terrible way through a fight. He also sees his father again.

Shang-Chi’s family and Katy travel to China, where trouble awaits…

Unlike other MCU films, this one pleased me a lot. In fact, it’s the first Marvel movie that I truly enjoyed.

The story begins lighthearted and even humorous, whether it’s when Katy and Shang-Chi sing “A Whole New World” during karaoke somewhere or when a random passenger captures and shares updates about the bus fight on his social media platform.

Which reminds me… I found it odd that no one got arrested from the bus battle, especially since it got a lot worse, hit cars, and everyone came out just fine, but barely. In real life, everyone would have been arrested. Oh, well – movie logic, and plot matters more.

Regardless of the beginning, the story intensifies with action, fantastic elements, like magical beasts, and much more after the first (presumably) ⅓ the movie. Twists, turns, and surprises come up frequently as well.

I would rate this film 5 out of 5 stars. Yay! I’m in the majority this time with my opinion.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

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