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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (No-Spoiler) Review

Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently dominating the box office, and with good reason. It was such a treat to watch, and it also celebrates an important milestone, featuring the MCU’s first Asian superhero protagonist to hit the big screen.

Where to even begin with this one? Let’s start with the characters: I loved them. Simu Liu as Shaun/Shang-Chi and Awkwafina as Katy form the kind of friendship I just have to root for. So many movies and books and other media portray such toxic and shitty friendships, so I always love to see ones like this, where the characters fully have each other’s backs and get along really well.

Another thing that I greatly enjoyed was how the female characters in the film are not treated like spandex-clad super vixens or helpless damsels in distress. They hold their own and don’t trip into that annoying trope of girls hating each other simply because reasons.

Also, the dynamics of the family as a whole? Oof. Right in the honey nut feeli-o’s. Things are complicated, and sometimes very ugly, but also very beautiful at other points. They feel like a genuine family throughout the movie, just a very, very conflicted one.

On a side note: Recognizing lesser-utilized mythical beasties in television/film always makes my heart happy, and this film was no exception. ❤ If you don’t instantly fall in love with Morris you are a fool, and you can see yourself out. Morris aside, there are some really fantastical creatures, so if you love mythological beasts prepare to be excited.

Have you seen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings yet? If so, what did you think? What new movies are you looking forward to? 🙂

– Sugar

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5 thoughts on “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (No-Spoiler) Review

  1. So, I recall watching Onward in theaters right when we first heard about the pandemic, but nothing had shut down yet. That must have been March 2020. Then, in December 2020 my work got this idea that to celebrate the holidays, they would rent out two theaters. Either we go and get paid, or we don’t go and have to use vacation time. Hooboy. And in December is when we were all TERRIFIED that Thansgiving covid spread was on the verge of killing us all. I ended up sitting in the very front row, by myself, stuffing snackies under my mask (never taking it off). I was slunched down so far in my chair because I had this idea that seats work like shields! I have not been to a theater since then. 🥴

    This movie does sound good, and I love watching Simu Liu in Kim’s Convenience, even though he dates the most! awkward! woman! ever! who should also be fired for being 100% inappropriate.

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    1. Omg that’s so messed up of your work. I can’t blame you for being uncomfortable at all. We didn’t go to the theaters at all until we were both fully vaccinated, and even then we still wear our masks and go to the first morning showings before all the other people start heading in.
      Yes, Simu Liu is amazing, and I love Kim’s Convenience. Haha Yeah, oddly enough I liked his girlfriend in that show. I think I liked just about everyone in that show though, honestly. 😛 I’m so bummed it’s over. D:


      1. To be fair, we were super spread out in the theater; however, at the time we were all scared shitless because we heard about nothing but Thanksgiving/Christmas covid surge, etc. and no vaccines in sight yet.

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