Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

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Published on 23 Aug 2021, 16:00
Director Destin Daniel Cretton skillfully connects Shang-Chi's personal stakes with the larger MCU by way of an emotionally complex villain, a stellar cast with fantastic chemistry, and incredible action sequences. The visuals of a magical world like Ta Lo could look more uniform, and the lack of lore - seemingly withheld for future MCU reveals - is frustrating. But these shortcomings aren't glaring, as the rest of the movie has so much to offer. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings carefully avoids the usual Asian-versus-Asian-American cultural expectations of dealing with grief and assuming responsibility by forgiving generational sins and claiming a future where destiny and choice can coexist. The film opens in theaters on September 3, 2021.