While reviews for Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings have been overwhelmingly positive, the film’s CGI has left critics in need.
Warning: the following article contains spoilers for Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings.
Marvel has finally come to release Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive – although they tend to criticize one major element of all MCU movies: the heavy use of CGI and special effects. Shang-Chi is the second Phase 4 feature to release in the MCU after July Black Widow. It tells the story of the titular hero Shaun / Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) who is brought back in family history by his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), who is looking for his wife, Shang’s mother, deceased. years ago. Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi’s sister and her friend Katy (Awkwafina) are also drawn into the conflict.
Fan enthusiasm has been at a high level for years in anticipation of Shang-Chi, given that it will take a big step towards diversifying the MCU and leading heroes, as well as the introduction of ‘a film led by kung fu in its ranks. Liu himself has a history as a stuntman, and Leung also has a long history with martial arts films in Hong Kong cinema; Martial arts legend Michelle Yeoh also has a role in the film as Ying Nan. The film was particularly praised for its fight scenes and choreography.
One area where critics have been more reserved in their praise is that of CGI and visual effects in Shang-Chi. As a Marvel film that features the shock of a multitude of characters using colorful powers alongside creatures large and small, the film relies heavily on computer graphics to tell its story, and their reception by those who have seen. the film was not quite so set on fire.
MCU movies are frequently criticized for their overreliance on CGI, the most recent example being Black Widow – the third act relies heavily on visual effects and moves away from the intimate family relationships that are the strength of the film. Shang-Chi has a similar problem, with a finale that relies too much on scenes and characters created entirely from CGI in conflict that only serves to increase the tension of the main story. As seen in the trailer, the dragon that protects Ta-Lo is a computer-generated creature on an even larger scale than The Avengers‘Leviathans Chitauri. Details may be lost in the final showdown with the dragon’s evil counterpart – and this battle is resolved following the main conflict between Shang-Chi and his father Wenwu.
It may not necessarily be the CGI itself that is being poorly received by critics, but the over-reliance on visual effects, which distracts attention from the central storyline – a common criticism of Marvel Studios productions. Despite this, however, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings Always tells a heartfelt family story and features incredible martial arts action, introducing fascinating characters and powers into the MCU that will be loved by fans regardless of that perceived over-addiction.
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