Review: Shang-Chi breaks box office records

Claire O’Connor , Reporter

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong since 2008, and it continues growing bigger with new projects such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which smashed into the box office Labor Day weekend making the most money any movie has made during that weekend.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings follows Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) being confronted by his past with his father (Tony Leung) and taking care of unfinished business dealing with the Mandarin from Iron Man 3, and the Ten Rings organization from the first Iron Man movie.

It’s not just his father however, Shang-Chi also has to deal with his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) but at least he has his best friend Katy (Awkwafina).

Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel Studios remarked how this movie is giving a group of people around the world the representation they feel hasn’t been rightfully given to them.

With the film taking place mainly in China and about a third of the dialogue being in Mandarin, the movie also has a predominantly Asian-American cast.

The release of Shang-Chi is being compared to Black Panther’s release since it dealt with similar ways of showing representation to other ethnic groups.

Speaking of representation, Shang-Chi’s soundtrack brought attention to native Asian and Asian-American artists who worked on it. Like Black Panther, the soundtrack is supposed to be a statement piece showing off their respective cultures.

After seeing this movie twice myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the action sequences that included lots of martial arts, the comedic relief that Awkwafina’s character Katy brought to the film, and the pure and raw emotion from the actors.

You don’t even need to see every single Marvel movie to enjoy this masterpiece, just brush up on Endgame, Infinity War, Iron Man, and Iron Man 3.

Being Asian-American myself, it was such an amazing experience seeing the movie.

My final rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.