‘Shang-Chi’ impresses through strong characters, acting


Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” proves that even through a pandemic, Marvel still has the ability to make blockbuster movies, with audiences creating new theories about upcoming films. Some of the best parts of this movie are the CGI creatures and intense fight scenes that make the viewers scared for the next punch that’s going to be thrown.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) brandishes a staff. (Fair use from SIMKL)

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) is the son of a well-known

 assassin. Shang-Chi finds himself needing to head home to Henan province in China in case his sister was attacked by their dangerous father. Shang-Chi ends up finding out secrets about his family and goes to battle with his father for the safety of the world.

Katy (Awkwafina), Shang-Chi’s best friend, is one of the most influential characters. She provides humor in a dark and action filled story. Katy makes comments that are perfectly timed and bring the whole audience to a sigh of relief during tense scenes. One of the many things I like about her is her determination to help people out without having actual superpowers.

Joel P. West, the music composer, did an extraordinary job with the soundtrack. Even though not all music had words, the tone, feeling and rhythm of the songs fit the mood of the scenes well. The music in scenes of tension had beat drops to warn something is about to happen. During the main fight scene, the song makes the scene more intense and dramatic by creating a worrisome feeling within the audience.

A characteristic of Marvel is their amazing special effects. When the Shang-Chi put the 10 rings on his forearms, they changed color from blue to red when his father passed them down to him. This color change was marvelous and created a symbol of good and bad.

A heart-warming aspect of the movie is the incorporation of old Marvel characters. Even though this was Marvel’s first movie to come out in two years without an original character, the movie still acknowledges past characters, including Wong, a sorcerer from “Doctor Strange,” and Trevor Slattery from “Iron Man 3.” Cheering, clapping and laughing went through the audience when first seeing these memorable characters.

Overall, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” proved cinematic excellence still exists. From the amazing fight scenes to the importance of sticking together, this Marvel movie must be on your watchlist.