Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ★★★½

Starring an electric Simu Liu, Destin Daniel Cretton's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" introduces a new player to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That player is the titular Shang Chi, a character whose skills and ancestry bind him to an adventure where souls, lives, and legacy is at stake. Powered by its charismatic and down-to-Earth, leading man, Cretton's film tells a story that, despite its sumptuous canvas, feels small but handles the requisite action, personality-driven charm, and swashbuckling sense of self with skill. The audience-pleasing piece of work is a delightfully rendered and enjoyably uptempo entry into the Marvel canon.

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