(Spoiler-FREE) “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Review

Erin Shetler

This review does not contain any spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It does not include scenes from the trailers.


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings started its first day at the box office, shattering records with 71.4 million dollars. As of September 12th, 2021, with a little over a week in theaters, it had brought in over 257.6 million dollars worldwide. Given the constant excitement and cinematography that this movie has, that number does not at all surprise me.

As of September 23, 2021, it has received a 4.7 Audience Rating as stated by Google. According to the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes, it has received 92%, however, the audience score is 98%. On IMDb, it has received a 7.9 point average out of the possible 10. Critics say “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings isn’t entirely free of Marvel’s familiar formula, but this exciting origin story expands the MCU in more ways than one”. The audience says, “Shang-Chi covers the new cultural ground of the MCU without losing any of the action, comedy, and emotion Marvel’s movies are known for.

Joel P. West, who scored the film, did an outstanding job amplifying the movies, especially the fight scenes with music. Without the score, the scenes, although on their own amazing, wouldn’t have been amplified to their current level. There is one song that is played throughout the movie as the main theme, which is hysterical every time it appears or comes up.

The fight choreography was, personally, the best that I have ever seen in the MCU thus far. Andy Cheng, the fight coordinator for the film, did an amazing job. Every move was perfectly timed and presented, making for entertaining fight sequences throughout the movie.

Every staff member on the special effects team clearly put hours upon hours of work into Shang-Chi. There are a number of characters that require special effects added or are entirely dependent on it. Knowing that these changes were simply editing was mind-blowing because of the realism and seamlessness. At the climax of the movie, there are a lot of special effects used, and even then, with much of the scene being CGI, the action was still as real as if it had no editing.

Whether you have been counting down the days for this movie to come out, are a huge fan of the MCU, or are just looking for a new movie to watch, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an outstanding film that deserves all the praise that it has received.