Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Marvel’s newest hero


Kenneth Caswell

Cinemark ticket stub for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Following two dozen feature films, Shang-Chi is the newest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU). While the continuous release cycle of these films can be tiresome, Shang-Chi delivers an unique experience unlike other similar movies.

This film is noteworthy for its protagonist, Shang-Chi, played by Simu Liu, marking an important milestone for diverse representation in the film industry. Liu is the first asian superhero to have a major role in the MCU. This film also incorporates quite a few aspects of Chinese culture, many sections of the film are completely spoken in Mandarin Chinese as well. The lack of cultural censorship allows this movie to deliver an experience that is not comparable with any other MCU film.

Besides the cultural significance of the film, it also holds up in a practical sense. The cinematography is very flashy and fast-paced, allowing the martial arts action to look more stylish than ever. The effectiveness of this filmmaking can be attributed to the action coordinator of the movie, Brad Allen, who was trained in multiple martial arts and spent two years designing the action scenes of the film.

The performances of main actors Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, and Fala Chen, are what I found most impressive about this film. The actors dedicate themselves to these characters and make the film enjoyable, whether that’s because of funny banter or serious exposition, there isn’t a dull moment with them on screen.

This movie has a few downfalls. Personally, I found the two main organizations presented to be underdeveloped; This includes The Ten Rings, as well as the Ta Lo, both groups seem small and inconsequential, as if they couldn’t find enough extras to fill in the crowd. When contrasted with the importance of these two groups found in the story, it leaves an underwhelming feeling.

Overall, I would recommend this film to fans of the MCU as well as a general audience. Shang-Chi has a lot to offer from impressive acting to dynamic storytelling, the positives of this film certainly outweigh the negatives.