“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Movie Review

📸: Walt Disney Studios

I give this movie 10 out of 10 vomits


🟢 The Cast 🟢

Simu Liu – Shang-Chi

Awkwafina – Katy

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung – Xu Wenwu

Meng’er Zhang – Xialing

Michelle Yeoh – Ying Nan

Fala Chen – Li

Florian Munteanu – Razor Fist

🟢 Plot 🟢

Shang-Chi must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, leader of the dangerous Ten Rings Organization.

🟢 Non Spoiler Spew 🟢

I cannot get enough of this movie! Honestly, this is for sure one of my favorite Marvel films. At this point I have for sure seen it more than 10 times. It is crazy to think that this is Simu Liu’s first acting gig! And he freaking KILLED it!

This was such a fantastic movie. I honestly cannot get enough of it! I really hope all future Marvel movies take notes from this one. It was just so well done and you can feel the love everyone put into making this movie. Because of that, everyone gives remarkable performances, the action is on point, costumes are wonderful, and the sceneries are great!

I am not too familiar with Shang-Chi comics, but I do know the comics have their faults. So it was wonderful to see Marvel learn from the mistakes of their past and grow from them. There was something about this movie, that I cannot quite put my finger on it, but it was just wonderful to see and it was a great experience. Similar to how I felt watching Black Panther. It was honestly like a breath of fresh air watching Shang-Chi.

To see Marvel take the time to learn and respect the art of Kung-Fu was wonderful to see. You can tell they really took their time and learned the proper way to represent this in their film. They truly captured the beauty and essence of Kung-Fu. Because they did this, it made for awesome fighting scenes.

What was also wonderful to see was the relationship between all the actors. Simu and Awkwafina’s friendship totally shined through. You could tell they had a great time with each other, as well as the rest of the cast. The rest of the cast are heavy hitters as well. They did a wonderful job casting this movie. With the heavy hitters you could tell everyone has massive respect for them and you can see that the Director, Destin Daniel Cretton, sat back and let them do their thing.

Overall, this was a beautiful and thrilling movie. EVERYONE involved did a fantastic job! I was engaged from beginning to end. I cannot wait to see Simu and Awkwafina appear on other Marvel movies.

🔴 Summary Spoiler Spew 🔴

A thousand years ago Wenwu gets the mystical ten rings. These rings grant powers as well as immortality. With the rings he created the Ten Rings group. They would go out and take over kingdoms and governments throughout history.

On Wenwu’s quest to be number one, he searches for a place called Ta Lo. Ta Lo is a place that is said to be a mythical place with different types of animals that are not of this world. While on his search, he runs into a guradian of Ta Lo, Ying Li. While they fight each other it is more of a dance. The two keep seeing each other and eventually marry. They have two kids, Shang-Chi and Xialing. Wenwu leaves the Ten Rings to be with his family.

Ying Li gets murdered by a gang who is looking for Wenwu. Wenwu starts up the Ten Rings again and trains Shang-Chi to become an assassin. Xialing teaches herself how to fight because her Dad will not let her train. At 14, Wenwu sends Shang-Chi to go and murder the leader of the gang who killed their mom. After the mission Shang-Chi runs away to San Francisco.

In the present day, Shang-Chi is a valet driver with his best friend Katy. They are attacked on the bus on their way to work and Katy is shocked to learn about Shang-Chi’s past. The Ten Rings during the fight are able to get a pendant that Shang-Chi’s Mom gave to him. Shang-Chi and Katy get on a plane to meet with his sister Xialing to warn her. They are too late and Wenwu and the Ten Rings capture them and takes them back to their home at the Ten Ring’s compound.

Wenwu takes the two pendants and it reveals the entrance to Ta Lo. Since Wenwu is wearing the rings again, he hears the voice of his dead wife asking him to free her from Ta Lo. Shang-Chi, Katy, Xialing, and Trevor (the original Mandarin from previous Marvel movies) and his companion who is a creature from Ta Lo. When they get to Ta Lo they meet their aunt, Ying Lan. She explains to them the history of Ta Lo and that is was saved by a Chinese Dragon who helped with the soul eating bat looking things.

Everyone gets ready to go against Wenwu because he wants to open the gate where all the bat things live. Wenwu succeeds and the bats get out. Shang-Chi knows he needs to defeat his father. While fighting, Shang-Chi falls into the ocean, but with his spirit he awakens the Chinese Dragon who helps defeat the bat boss. Everyone goes back home and Shang-Chi brings the rings with him.

While at a bar, Wong creates a portal and summons Shang-Chi and Katy to Kamar-Taj.

The end credits scene is Wong introduces Shang-Chi and Katy to Bruce/Hulk and Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. They are looking into the rings because they can see that the rings are somehow creating a beacon and calling out to something.

In other end credit scene, Xialing becomes the new leader of the Ten Rings and has women train alongside men.

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