Movie Review: Shang-Chi


Jacob Sloan, Reporter

Shang-Chi is something new and fresh that I have never seen before. It is not an Avengers level movie with fast-paced action and adventure. Shang-Chi takes you on a journey to new characters, a new story, and endless possibilities to expand on what Marvel made in Shang-Chi. With The last 10 years of Marvel being based on armed combat and aliens, this movie is fresh and a great start to begin Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU for short. Director Destin Daniel Cretton, an American screen writer of Chinese descent, did an amazing job directing this movie. The cinematography was spectacular, there are no words to describe what I saw, but I highly recommend you go to the theatres to watch it, you will not regret it.

The lead actors, Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung-Wai, were also the highlight of the film. When the film was pitched to Marvel over 10 years ago after Ironman was made since they set up the 10 rings organization in the movie in 2006, Marvel decided to scrap the idea for now and save it in case the Marvel Universe grew, which ended up growing a lot. They were afraid that bringing in odd characters. It was a risk at the time, but we have a talking tree and raccoon, so it is not that weird anymore.

The main theme of the movie is the ride that takes you through the path of Shang-Chi’s backstory and epilogue. Along with Wenwu’s too, the beginning of the movie explains most of Wenwu’s backstory. How he got the rings, fought his future wife, and soon married her and had his kids, Shang-Chi and Xialing. Soon after his wife tragically dies trying to protect her kids, Wenwu turns back into the evil man he was. He started using the 10 rings again and wanted to conquer the world from the shadows. He later found the people who killed his wife and killed them.

The main story starts with Shaun-Chi thinks he is living the life he wants in San-Francisco with his best friend Katy for 10 years. Although he soon realizes that all is not as it seems, his father sends his 10 rings organization to hunt him down and bring him home along with his sister Xialing and needs their pendants that unlock a map. He is soon told that his mother is still alive and is being kept against her will in a mystical village where he met her, and they now have a map to get there. Shang-Chi does not fully believe this since he watched his mother die. The anger and the influence of the rings has overtaken Wenwu’s mind and decides to do it without them and fight them instead.

Rating 5 out of 5 Shields.