The 25th film in the acclaimed franchise known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an excellent origin story since 2018’s “Black Panther.” Combining the work of legendary martial arts filmmakers such as Wong Kar-wai, Stephen Chow, and Ang Lee director Destin Daniel Cretton crafts a beautiful and visually stunning superhero movie featuring a brand new hero that is an exciting new addition to the Avengers family. Simu Liu delivers an incredible breakthrough performance as the martial arts hero Shang-Chi. Liu portrays Shang-Chi as a vulnerable hero that has a past that he left behind years ago but is drawn back into that period in his life and emerges as a remarkable hero within the Asian culture. Tony Leung gives a fantastic performance as the villain Wenwu AKA The Mandarin. Leung portrays The Mandarin as a villain who retired many years before the events of the film. However, due to an unfortunate event, he is drawn back into the world of crime, making him able to relate with the audience despite his beliefs coming off as antagonistic and earning his place as one of the best villains within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Awkwafina is fantastic and hilarious in this movie as Shang-Chi’s best friend, and she and Simu Liu’s chemistry is amazing. Also providing great performances in the supporting cast include Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, and Michelle Yeoh. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is an excellent martial arts film that is so much fun and makes me excited to see more of this character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanks to the fantastic choreography, a fantastic representation of the Asian culture, excellent direction by Destin Daniel Cretton, and incredible performances from Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is an action-packed adventure from start to finish and an absolute masterpiece.
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