Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
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Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

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  1. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  2. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  3. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

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  4. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  5. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

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  6. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  7. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  8. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  9. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  10. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  11. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  12. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  13. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  14. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  15. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  16. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  17. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  18. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  19. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  20. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  21. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  22. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  23. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  24. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  25. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  26. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  27. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  28. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  29. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  30. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  31. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  32. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  33. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  34. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  35. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  36. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  37. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  38. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  39. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  40. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  41. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  42. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  43. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  44. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  45. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  46. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  47. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  48. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  49. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  50. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  51. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  52. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  53. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  54. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  55. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  56. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  57. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  58. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  59. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  60. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  61. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  62. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  63. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  64. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  65. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  66. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  67. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  68. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  69. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  70. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  71. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  72. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  73. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  74. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  75. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  76. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  77. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  78. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  79. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  80. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  81. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  82. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  83. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  84. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  85. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  86. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  87. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  88. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  89. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  90. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  91. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  92. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  93. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  94. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  95. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  96. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  97. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  98. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  99. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  100. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  101. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  102. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  103. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  104. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  105. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  106. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  107. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  108. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  109. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  110. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  111. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  112. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  113. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  114. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  115. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  116. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  117. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  118. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  119. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  120. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  121. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  122. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  123. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  124. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  125. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  126. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  127. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  128. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  129. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  130. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  131. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  132. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  133. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  134. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  135. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  136. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  137. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  138. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  139. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  140. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  141. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  142. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  143. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  144. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  145. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  146. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  147. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  148. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  149. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  150. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  151. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  152. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  153. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  154. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  155. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  156. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  157. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  158. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  159. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  160. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  161. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  162. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  163. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  164. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  165. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  166. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  167. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  168. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  169. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  170. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  171. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  172. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  173. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  174. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  175. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  176. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  177. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  178. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  179. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  180. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  181. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  182. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  183. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  184. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  185. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  186. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  187. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  188. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  189. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  190. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  191. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  192. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  193. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  194. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  195. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  196. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  197. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  198. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  199. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  200. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  201. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  202. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  203. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  204. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

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  205. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

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  206. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

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  207. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

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  208. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  209. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

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  210. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  211. Sheldon Nylander on

    One thing that the MCU hasn’t been spectacular at is branching out into other genres. Most have been scifi/fantasy fare. An attempt at horror with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Some more comedic entries like “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Shang Chi” is their attempt to bring the classic Kung Fu fantasy genre into the fold. And it sort of works. It’s not wholly original in the idea, but can be taken more as a tribute to the Kung Fu fantasies of old. There are some changes made to established Marvel lore, but nothing that couldn’t be lived with and accepted and really are necessary for the story. The story is good, not great, the performances are mostly good. The effects…are mostly decent, but there are some issues. The constructed sets are good, but the green screens are obviously green screens.

    The main problem this movie has is that it shines a spotlight on a problem the MCU as whole is developing, which happens in the comics and any long running shared universe: It’s getting really bogged down by its lore and interconnectedness. It not good for newcomers to the MCU and will likely only appeal to fans of both classic Kung Fu films and the MCU films.

    It’s good. It’s entertaining. It provides some new stuff for the MCU, but it falls short of actually being a great film.

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  212. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  213. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  214. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

    Reply
  215. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

    Reply
  216. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  217. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  218. Sheldon Nylander on

    One thing that the MCU hasn’t been spectacular at is branching out into other genres. Most have been scifi/fantasy fare. An attempt at horror with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Some more comedic entries like “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Shang Chi” is their attempt to bring the classic Kung Fu fantasy genre into the fold. And it sort of works. It’s not wholly original in the idea, but can be taken more as a tribute to the Kung Fu fantasies of old. There are some changes made to established Marvel lore, but nothing that couldn’t be lived with and accepted and really are necessary for the story. The story is good, not great, the performances are mostly good. The effects…are mostly decent, but there are some issues. The constructed sets are good, but the green screens are obviously green screens.

    The main problem this movie has is that it shines a spotlight on a problem the MCU as whole is developing, which happens in the comics and any long running shared universe: It’s getting really bogged down by its lore and interconnectedness. It not good for newcomers to the MCU and will likely only appeal to fans of both classic Kung Fu films and the MCU films.

    It’s good. It’s entertaining. It provides some new stuff for the MCU, but it falls short of actually being a great film.

    Reply
  219. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  220. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  221. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. ” Final Analysis ” :** -{ If }- you can get yourself to basically -Overlook- the aforementioned, & “Legitimate Inconsistencies” pertaining to Marvel’s cinematic representation of its Ten Rings Organization, then . . . . -Yes- , for the most part at least, you -{ Should }- believe all the “Rave Reviews” that this ‘Utter Delight Of A Movie’ has -already- garnered, ‘Globally’. A -Huge- Shoutout to its ‘rookie’ ( -relatively speaking- ) Director ‘Destin Daniel Cretton’, who”s been able to achieve this feat with, get this, just his -“5th”- Directorial-venture . . . Ever 👏 . What started as a humble yet impassioned little comic book effort about 10 very magical, & { Phenomenally Empowered Alien **” _MAKLUAN_ “** Rings } . . . by the “Truly-Legendary” Stan Lee & Don Heck in Feb. 1964 ( “Tales Of Suspense, No.50” ) . . . has now become the supremely enthralling “Fresh New Face” of Marvel’s ‘BOLD NEW ERA’ { that started with ‘Phase Four’ }. The film’s ‘Star’ is newcomer Simu Liu, whose portrayal of the outwardly nerdy-seeming yet immensely likeable ‘Shaun’ works wonderfully { not to mention all his ( ” Super 😉 ” )-impressive Kung Fu skills, of course }, with his ever-jocular best companion ‘Katy’, ( Awkwafina ), showing an absolute -ton- of heart, courage, & most of all, -{ ” Fierce ” }- Loyalty, throughout. Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, & of course Shang-Chi’s Big, Fun, “Open-Surprise” …..the ‘one & only’ Ben Kingsley…. perform their respective roles with -{ ” Panache ” }- . So, all told, it’s going to be **” A Completely Charmed, Fiery 9.50 Marks Out 10 From Me . . . . ROCK ON, MARVEL 👊 🔥❗”**

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  222. T D Heath on

    **Shang-chi** is the 25th film in the marvel cinematic universe, it is deep without canyons of emotion but also comedic (with occasional comedic failures).

    This film embarks the MCU into a different world where tradition intertwines with modern societal problem,the film tackles this elegantly with a few stutters at the seams. As is usual with marvel property this film is a minefield of links to past and future marvel ventures, but is done in such a way that it truly can be an entry point into the extensive universe without having seen the others.

    The story develops slowly unwrapping the setting but it also serves to highlight the beautiful cinematic choices Destin Daniel Cretton has made, cinematic shots build to a grand climax with a sufficiently marvel-esque battle between relatable family struggles in unrelatable places and circumstances

    The end to the fight is satisfyingly predictable and leaves a numbness upon the audience because of the climax’s grandeur and its fizzle into the marvel trope of comedic endings.

    There are 2 Pre and post credit scenes who for the marvel enthusiasts add a great deal of pleasure adn completion to the story and set up the shang-chi subfranchise.

    This film through all of its achievements feels disjointed and only becomes a cinematic feat at its climax leaving the audience feeeling as if they could have missed the first 50 minutes and still understood the majority of storyline.

    This is an great feat of film through its inevitable cinematic, it is extremely enjoyable nevertheless.

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  223. Per Gunnar Jonsson on

    I have to say that this was a surprisingly good movie. I say surprisingly because Marvel (or DC for that matter) have not exactly excelled in making even decent movies for quite some time. That the woke “critics” on Rotten Tomatoes gave it high ratings was a bit of a red flag as well but not only was the movie rather free from woke ramblings and preaching but it was a very fun and entertaining movie to watch.

    The movie starts off in a somewhat bizarre way with Shang-Chi and his girlfriend swiping a car from a valet parking and going for a joy ride. It turns out that they are telling their story to a couple of friends and that is pretty much how this movie is told.

    It begins more or less right away with some nice action and it continues that away with plenty of action sequences intermixed with story telling. The action and martial arts is really good in my opinion. They are in stark contrast to the mediocre rubbish we were treated to in Snake Eyes. The latter which was quite a disappointment.

    This movie relies heavily on fantasy elements with tie ins to Doctor Strange, especially towards the end. Another movie that I liked a lot by the way. Thus there are of course plenty of special effects and CGI. Most of them good or very good. I really liked the beautiful world of Ta Lo. The combat scenes, especially when the rings are in action are both cool and beautiful.

    There are quite a lot of comical relief in the movie as well and, for once, it is not to silly, outrageous or plain stupid. It contributes well to the enjoyment factor of the movie. The washed out actor is a bit on the limit but otherwise it works well with the rest of the movie. That guy on the bus starting to film and make commentaries was quite hilarious for instance.

    The story? Well it is a Marvel special effects movie so one should not expect too much but the story is not bad. It mostly holds together and works well enough to tie all the action together. The acting is pretty much the same thing. One should not expect too much but it is good enough. It was nice to see Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan though. She was one of the few cool characters in Discovery and she does know how to act.

    Overall I very much enjoyed this movie. It is a simple super hero and fantasy adventure story with lots of action and special effects and with the single purpose of entertaining the audience that doesn’t fall in the trap of trying to “educate” said audience.

    Reply
  224. DallasBob on

    I’ll be straight forward with you; I’m old. And I have a great pleathora of movie viewing history behind these eyes. Me being old, I am bitter most times from jealously of lost youth and a firey contempt toward lazy boneheaded braindead youth of today. But I digress…the review.

    My review will be short as are my praises, while my critique shall be terse. Deal with it.
    This movie is not bad. I wouldn’t call it a waste of money to see, but on the same turn it’s not “OMG, I have to come see this again with Pauly.”

    The special effects (I’m old. Deal) are pretty good, specially when the hero vists the magical homeland his mother gave up gaurding to be with his father. The fight scenes, while they make an earnest attempt, are not Jackie Chan or Jet Li smooth but they are done with a compentent hand. (So much for being the first Chinese Superhero)

    There are only few downsides and those are the inconsistencies only a trained eye might see. If you follow the action and the movie you can simply dismiss them as “It’s in the script.” But if you are like me certain questions born of observation nag at you during and after seeing the movie. Such as, _”Is the co-star female sidekick supposed to be his girlfriend or sister?!?” “Why does she walk & sound like an old woman if they are supposed to be the same age???” “Why does the woman playing his sister look older than he is, but she’s supposed to be a few years younger???”_ I’m not kidding, the woman (While fit) is very UN-easy on the eyes in the beauty department. And that’s saying something considering how dainty most Chinese women appear. And my last “knit-pick” if you will, is that the studio called the rings, rings. They are not. They are bracelets since these are worn on the arms instead of the fingers. But I believe it was done because it was easier to do the special effects for them.

    The movie is not bad at all, overall. Good way to pass the time if you happen to run into it on a channel surf. But like _**Black Panther 1**_, not really considered a must-see.

    Reply
  225. Sheldon Nylander on

    One thing that the MCU hasn’t been spectacular at is branching out into other genres. Most have been scifi/fantasy fare. An attempt at horror with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Some more comedic entries like “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Shang Chi” is their attempt to bring the classic Kung Fu fantasy genre into the fold. And it sort of works. It’s not wholly original in the idea, but can be taken more as a tribute to the Kung Fu fantasies of old. There are some changes made to established Marvel lore, but nothing that couldn’t be lived with and accepted and really are necessary for the story. The story is good, not great, the performances are mostly good. The effects…are mostly decent, but there are some issues. The constructed sets are good, but the green screens are obviously green screens.

    The main problem this movie has is that it shines a spotlight on a problem the MCU as whole is developing, which happens in the comics and any long running shared universe: It’s getting really bogged down by its lore and interconnectedness. It not good for newcomers to the MCU and will likely only appeal to fans of both classic Kung Fu films and the MCU films.

    It’s good. It’s entertaining. It provides some new stuff for the MCU, but it falls short of actually being a great film.

    Reply
  226. garethmb on

    The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived with “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

    The film introduces audiences to Shang Chi (Simu Liu); an easygoing San Francisco resident who spends his time parking cars and hanging out with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and her family.

    Life is steady if unspectacular until he is accosted on a city bus by a group looking to take a pendant his mother gave him. When Shang Chi shocks Katy and the occupants of the bus with his martial arts abilities; he attempts to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang); who runs an underground fight club. While Xialing is estranged from her brother; their father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) has conspired to bring them and their pendants before him.

    Their father uses the power of sacred devices known as the Ten Rings to rule for over a thousand years and destroys all who would oppose him thanks to their power and the army he has gathered over the centuries.

    Wenwu wants to revive their long-dead mother as he is convinced that she is calling to him and he wants to be with her as he was able to be a better man and forsake the power and abilities the rings offered him.

    When it is learned that Wenwu plans to go to a mythical realm that their mother came from and free her or burn the place to the ground; Shang Chi must make some hard choices between family and doing what he believes is right.

    What follows is an action-filled thriller with plenty of mysticism and humor. The film has a very engaging visual style that combines Asian and Western cinematic styles which results in some very engaging visuals as well as action sequences.

    What really sets the film apart from many Super Hero films is that the characters have a solid base to them as they have a complexity to them in regards to their past and their motivations. Their relationships with one another are key to the film as family, honor, and justice are key elements to the film but they are not given lip service but are developed well along with their characters.
    While the final act may be a bit FX heavy for some; I found it in keeping with the story and the characters and the great Sir Ben Kingsley provides some very welcome comic relief in his return as Trevor.

    Awkwafina is also great as she provides some very laugh-out-loud moments but is not afraid to mix it up when the situation calls for him. Simu Liu was very enjoyable in the lead role as he performed the physical aspects of his character well but added a restrained sensitivity to his character as he is a complicated individual who is conflicted by choices he made in his youth and the ramifications of them now as an adult.

    There are bonus scenes that set up future adventures well including one that will no doubt have Marvel fans heatedly debating when the film premieres.

    Once again Marvel has shown why they have had such a sustained success with their films as they have done a great job again of introducing a new character to the Cinematic Universe but also connecting him to their cinematic past and future.

    4 stars out of 5

    Reply
  227. MSB on

    FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/shang-chi-spoiler-free-review

    “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings just became one of my absolute favorites of the entire MCU! Destin Daniel Cretton delivers an entertainment-heavy movie with arguably the best action ever seen in the cinematic universe. Through the outstanding mix of long takes, impressive fighting choreography, and jaw-dropping stunt work, Simu Liu shines with his martial arts skills, but also in tackling the identity issues of the protagonist. Marvel gains yet another emotionally compelling antagonist, as well as a relatable female character that embodies many elements of the Asian-American culture. Despite an overreliance on unnecessary, excessive exposition devices (narration, flashbacks, foreshadowing), the story behind all the tales and legends never loses interest. From the breaking of stereotypes to a remarkable depiction of their culture, most Asian viewers will certainly love this film, even more than I do. Phase Four is off to a remarkable start…”

    Rating: A-

    Reply
  228. RADIO1'S MR. MOVIE!-MAD AMI 🌠 on

    **Take That 👊 💥 DELTA-21 . . . . . . Marvel Studios Presents The ” _M o t h e r_ ” Of All Superhero -{ FANTASlES }- . You’ve Been Warned . . . . . . The Bonkers Level Here Is, Er, Well :
    ” _E X P O N E N T I A L_ 😂 🐲❗” .**

    A **- _B I G_ -** Screen MINI Review. Viewed Sept. 5, ’21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Katy : “That’s fine…… you can just explain on the plane”. { Said to Shaun a.k.a Shang-Chi, marking a “sudden and unexpected” twist of events }.

    ______________________________________________________

    **1. ” So -{ MANY }- Upsides : “Crouching Tiger, Hidden MARVEL” { Gosh . . . . where do I even start❓} ” :** Ang Lee’s circa 2000 quasi-mystical Martial arts spectacular is the -Very- first film that came to my mind whilst watching a certain beautifully -{ ” Atmospheric ” }- segment of the opening-act of ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ ( ‘Shang-Chi’ for short ) . . . . you’ll know it -Immediately- upon seeing it . . . . featuring “ever-fabulous” Malaysian Mega Star Michelle Yeoh ; who of course was one of the -Principal- characters in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, -As well- . { FYI : this is by no means intended to be a spoiler ; -several- of the movie -official- teasers & trailers ‘gallantly’ feature the said scene, albeit briefly }. And what’s more …( trailers also )… if you’re someone with ‘even the slightest bit’ of true passion for all things within the realm of sheer cinematic **-{ FANTASY 🌠 }- ,** then you’ll be absolutely -delighted- to know that Shang Chi -Also- has a distinct ‘Harry Potter’ aspect to it . . . & if even -that’s- not enough for you . . . then, get this, its got a ‘full-blown dollop of Narnia’ thrown in there for good measure, at that. To be -Really- honest, it felt a bit disorienting , -At First- , seeing all “those types of elements” in an ‘MCU’ ( ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ ) picture, but then I suddenly realized that ‘Infinity War’ -And- ‘Endgame’ both -Very- prominently feature, well …{ a walking, -“Talking”- demolition derby of a, err, -“Raccoon”- }… in them, & I began to feel at home again, pretty darn quick.

    **2. ” There -Is- One ‘Stark’ Downside, Alas . . . . The MCU has had -{ WAY }- Too Much “Muddled & Obfuscatory” Messaging  Vis-a-vis ‘The Ten Rings’, Over The Years ” :** In 2008’s -superbly- received { and completely -iconic- } ‘Ironman’, which is where we were all introduced to the bespoke militant organization, ( ‘TTR’ for short ), for the -Very- first time . . . . there is an “Explicit And Unequivocal” reference to the film’s ( initial ) setting as being sometime within the  USA’s long ‘War In Afghanistan’, ( where the -Official- state religion is Islam ). Hence, by **-{ EXTENSION 💡 }- ,** there is the correspondingly “Glaring”, ( although tad more “Implicit” ), suggestion that TTR is . . . . . { from the immediately apparent ethnic backgrounds of the mostly Urdu & Arabic speaking members portrayed, to the group’s visually -Distinctive- flag, right down to the undeniably frightening ‘Imminent-Beheading’ type video featuring a thoroughly bruised & bloodied Tony Stark as its centerpiece ( all too reminiscent of the -Horribly- tragic & bloodcurdling news stories that we’ve been, sadly, accustomed to reading about, hearing about and watching over the years ) } . . . . . ‘yet another’ archetypal, classic “Islamist-fundamentalist” type group. When in fact, as is -Strongly- conveyed to us in -This- particular picture, ( beginning all the way with the trailers itself ), that this is simply -{ Not }- the case. The said militia does, of course, turn out to be, ( at its very ‘Core’ ), & by way of, this, its Origins-Story ; “Not Arab Or Middle Eastern -At All-” , but in fact . . . . **-{ ” 100% _CHINESE_ ” }-** . Certainly very confusing, -especially- for the majority of us, who -haven’t- read any ‘Mandarin vs. Shang-Chi’ comics . . . . . . . . . . Go Figure 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

    **3. R