Written by Matthew Ochoa
Shang-Chi has shattered box office records but is it worth the hype? The answer is an enthusiastic yes! When it comes to the themes surrounding family, the action-packed fight scenes, and a few funny jokes sprinkled into the film, Shang-Chi, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is one of the best movies to watch in theatres.
One of the main themes this movie touches on is the idea of family and how you control your fate. This movie helps dwell on not letting the past control you and choosing your future, something a STAR should strive to do. It is impressive to see Shang-Chi grow and develop his character and come into his identity throughout the movie. Overall, it’s a beautiful coming-of-age story that can be great for all ages.
The story follows Shang-Chi, a man running away from his past who finds out his father, Xu Wenwu, played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai, wants him to join him in leading the Ten Rings, a terrorist organization. Follow his journey as he learns to accept his past and embrace his identity.
Visually the movie also creates beautiful scenes, whether it be with the choice of lighting and camera angles, beautiful scenery, or spectacular choreographed fights, I can promise that you will never get bored of a single scene. One example of this is the bus fight scene where Shang-Chi fights the Ten Rings henchmen with his jacket and bare fists showing fight scenes that could only be compared by the Kingsman films. Along with this, Simu Liu (Shang-Chi) and Awkwafina (Katy) also provide some witty banter that will be sure to get a laugh out of you. Overall I highly recommend watching Shang-Chi. It’s a fantastic film. Everything comes together so well that there is hardly anything wrong with it.