'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' Review: Watch or Not?

Will our new MCU superhero in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" rise to the occasion, or will our (non-spoiler) review say otherwise?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review: Watch or Not?

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

The MCU's very first lead Asian superhero hits theaters today in Disney's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." The highly anticipated film is poised to be the highest-grossing and highest-rated film of the summer. It brings Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi from the page to the big screen. And audiences couldn't be more excited for the new addition. The film marks the resurgence of the ongoing Phase Four MCU narrative. We can finally start to move forward into new territories post "Avengers: Endgame" to see how the heroes will all ban together again. But before you decide whether or not to watch "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," here's our review.

Reasons to Watch...

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Simu Liu is a certified badass and Awkwafina is a comedic genius. There is a powerful chemistry between the two stars. They complement each other beautifully with every scene they share.
  • The complex choreography, fierce fight sequences, and stunning special effects make for a seat-gripping experience.
  • There's a cultural and emotional depth to the film similar to "Black Panther" that makes the movie all the more significant.
  • Amid the action and chaos are some great moments of Marvel's signature comic relief.
Or Not...

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • There are various points during the film where the plot may feel a bit predictable.
  • There are moments when some characters are uncertain about who the real enemy is. In turn, it can be hard to fully understand their mindset.
  • With so much superhero action, there are some elements of CGI that feel a little overdone.
Watch or Not?

After watching "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," we recommend you watch it today!

We've been waiting since the beginning of the pandemic for some semblance of an MCU movie near the likeness of "Spider-Man: Far From Home." And here it finally is. Thanks to an outstanding physical and emotional performance by Shang-Chi lead Simu Liu, MCU fans have finally gotten their superhero fix and we can continue to look forward to what's more to come in Phase Four.

Watch it now in theaters

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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