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

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Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Written by Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, & Andrew Lanham

Story by Dave Callaham & Destin Daniel Cretton

Based on based on characters by Steve Englehart & Jim Starlin and Marvel Comics

Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong & Tony Leung

Release Date: September 3, 2021

Running Time: 2hr 12min

Rating: PG-13

Xu Shang-Chi (Liu) has spent half of his life hiding from his father, Xu Wenwu (Leung), leader of the Ten Rings, a global crime organization of assassins. But he is forced to face his past in order for protect those he cares about, and even the world itself.

The film has received positive reviews from critics, praising the choreography of the action scenes, exploration and representation of Asian culture, and the performances from Liu and Leung.

It’s an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s no way I was going to miss this. I’m also a fan of the principle cast members, first seeing Liu in the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience (which is streaming on Netflix, go see it!), plus Leung and Yeoh have been in plenty of well known international films for nearly 40 years. I’m also a big fan of Awkwafina (her Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens is amazing!), so her inclusion was a big plus in my book. I was so glad to see the return of Kingsley into the MCU, who is delightfully goofy in this.

So yeah, big surprise, I love this movie! The MCU has yet to disappoint me when it comes to pure entertainment. Martial arts films are also among my favorites, and oh man does this deliver on that! The theme of figuring out one’s place in the world I think has universal appeal (certainly something I can relate to), and I think the movie explores this well. I also appreciate the main antagonist being more than just a power hungry villain, it’s always a nice touch. If you’ve liked any other entry in the MCU then I see no reason for you not to enjoy this one. It should also go without saying that you should sit through the entire end credits for any possible extra scenes.

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