Quick-Thoughts: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

My prayers go out to all the stubborn American moviegoers who went into this movie not expecting to read subtitles. Oh, the challenges they must’ve faced reading about half a page’s length of words.

So… this was meh? It started off pretty f**king unbearable and awkward at first, but then it got more entertaining towards the end when it decided to increase its absurdities with some lore madness and decently choreographed action spectacles, plus Tony Leung and Simu Liu’s semi-toxic family dynamic explored in the third act saved this from being a total narrative bore, but every other quality to this movie I just found to be driven entirely by the go-to lazy and generic western blockbuster procedural. This may also be the most unfunny MCU movie yet that’s ALWAYS trying to be funny, or perhaps I’m just fatigued by their formula for comedy at this point. We can’t forget too how this is all topped off by often gauche plot writing and expositional bogging. Yeah, MCU movies ain’t doing too hot right now for me this year. I know this is a really quick and depthless review, but hopefully you’ll at least take my recommendation of watching Loki instead if you’re looking for some fresh hope in this franchise.

Verdict: C-

2021 Ranked, MCU Ranked

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is now playing in theaters.

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