Shang-Chi: What Did You Think?

This weekend sees the long-awaited launch of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu because the titular hero. On the identical time, Awkwafina performs his BFF Katy, and Hong Kong legend Tony Leung is his estranged father, Xu Wenwu, also referred to as The Mandarin in comedian e book lore. 

Our personal Jimmy O caught this a number of weeks in the past and gave it a powerful 8/10, praising the motion sequences and Liu’s star-making efficiency, together with the sturdy route by Quick Time period 12‘s Destin Daniel Cretton. Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a wonderful 93% contemporary ranking. 

I noticed this myself at CinemaCon in Las Vegas final week, and total I loved it as a lot as I normally take pleasure in Marvel movies. I assumed the movie had a terrific first act, with a stable action-beat to introduce Shang-Chi set on a bus (which is sort of nearly as good as the same scene on this 12 months’s No person). Sadly for me, the film acquired slowed down as soon as they hit China, and the movie grew to become extra spectacle-driven within the MCU means followers anticipate. I believe my most vital criticism is that with all of the motion and divulges of the second and third act, Simu Liu as Shang-Chi takes a little bit of a again seat. They spend a lot time organising Akwafina’s Katy (who I preferred) and Meng’er Zhang as Shang-Chi’s sister that he turns into a supporting player in his personal film. Should you’re hanging a franchise on a brand new main man, you must give him sufficient display screen time to dominate. Marvel virtually tried to do an excessive amount of, however all that stated, I nonetheless actually loved the movie. It’s entertaining, with Leung a charismatic villain and Liu likeable because the happy-go-lucky, pathos-free hero. Shang-Chi is a lot of a boy scout on this film, he makes Captain America seem like Snake Plissken, however I digress. The forged is stable, the route is great, and should you’re in search of a film to observe on the large display screen, that is it. 

However sufficient about what I assumed, what we wish to know is what you guys thought, so be sure that to tell us within the talkbacks beneath! 

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