‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings’ Review

Simu Liu speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International, for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.                       Photo Taken

Gage Skidmore

Simu Liu speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International, for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo Taken

Any movie can be bad or good, that’s the case in Marvel’s First MCU film to star an Asian hero. “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. 


Shang-Chi (Shaun) played by Simu-Liu, is introduced as a valet with his best friend Katy ( played by Aquafina), who have been friends for “10 years” and know a lot about each other — or so Katie had thought. Simu-Liu was no ordinary friend, he was trained to be a killer at age seven by his father — Fu Manchu, (aka “the Mandarin”, or “Xu Wenwu”) — played by Tony Leung — in which they both suffered after the mother’s death; a martial artist from an alternate dimension. The Mandarin’s taste for vengeance for his wife’s death leads him to believe that she is still alive. Needing help from his children, he sends his soldiers to retrieve their pendants. The pendants are a key to the map that will lead them to a gate into the mother’s home village which is located in a whole other universe, and also a key to a shocking family reunion.


Many people complain that Shang Chi is not filled with much action; the main character is meant to be a master martial artist — yet he does so little. Some have gone as far as to say that Destin Daniel Cretton “Cretton” (The Director) is “not fit for action movies,” as most of his films are Drama. Maya Phillips, a New York Times critic, also says, “At least there’s the fighting, right? Nope. Besides one sensational fight sequence on a bus, the battles are poorly lit and filmed with such an over-excited eye that the intricacies of the choreography are lost. It’s a travesty, because Liu, a seasoned stuntman, has the effortless acrobatics and fastidious martial arts technique of an A-list action hero. Liu also has an amiable sense of humor, though “Shang-Chi” doesn’t know how to use it.”– but some differ. 


Yes, it is true Cretton mostly films drama movies, which did make his approach to Shang-Chi more engaging in drama scenes rather than the few parts of the action. As he said in an interview on insider “I did have a giant personal fear of stepping into a movie like this” he also said, “When I pitched to Kevin … I just told myself, I’m just going to be myself. I have a tendency to be pressured to not be myself,” referring to Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios.


There are also multiple reviews, for example, such as Carolina Rose who rated Shang-Chi ⅘. She says, “It was great. It had great storytelling. The best part of this movie was definitely the fight scenes. They were so grounded and well-choreographed and were very clearly focused. It was very clear that the creators had an in-depth understanding of martial arts. It was also crafted very fluidly and in one of the best ways that I’ve ever seen a movie do.”


In conclusion, Shang-Chi was a movie that had multiple points of view, it was seen to be good by most and bad by others, but if you wish to watch this movie, you should see this film on the biggest screen if possible — and if it’s safe to do so.