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Absolutely loved this. I wasn't a fan of Far From Home and this kinda summed up why. It was a film that felt entirely based around its central character and his aims and backstory. It used the connected world to make a few jokes and expand things but most of the key stuff was based around Shang Chi. it obviously helped that the action was absolutely top notch throughout. It maybe didn't need to be quite so supernatural in the end, a bit more faith in the martial arts combat that had served the film so well might have had it properly perfectly nail the landing, but it didn't hurt my enjoyment too much. 

 

One of the better non-Avengers Marvel films for me, certainly the best since Black Panther and up there with that and Homecoming at the top of my list. 

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Just watched this and really enjoyed it.  Essentially a fantasy martial arts film and pretty far removed from any Marvel film I've seen.  Some of the fighting had shades of Jackie Chan and at times I felt the need to watch House Of Flying Daggers again!

It's got a fucking big Chinese dragon in it as well, and I'm a sucker for them.

 

Much better than I expected from the trailers.

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1 hour ago, sir stiff_one said:

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I didn't really have much exposure to them - or quality - when I was younger (I think Retreat, No Surrender was my earliest memory, for example), instead seeing more trashy American action stuff during my formative years. I've still never seen much outside of Jackie Chan's Hollywood stuff either.

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I wanted to hate on this and so much to hate but the characters are likeable and the jokes decent. The story had heart.

 

Downsides? Absolutely horrible art design, garish colours but flat and boring at the same time.

 

The CGI and lighting was horrible. Like low budget shit.

 

The Mandarin stole the show again. 

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Just watched this and I thought it was absolutely brilliant. Well up there with my favourite Marvel films. 
 

The cast were great, I thought it was bloody hilarious and even Katy, who could have been really annoying, was good, I thought. 
 

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Ben Kingsley being in it was amazing. Was not expecting that and he was one of my favourite bits of the film. 


I think Marvel still don’t quite get that making you really care about the action is way more important than just all out action, and they just can’t seem to have a movie where your baddie isn’t cartoonishly evil, so they fluffed the ending a bit:

 

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The fight with his dad should have been the finale. I couldn’t have cared less about the stupid big CGI demon thing and it probably should have never been released.


 

 

Oh, and we had the exact same thing happen with in flight “meal options” a few weeks ago, so absolutely lost it at that bit. 
 

 

The only Marvel films I would ever rewatch are this, Ragnarok, GOTG, IW/Endgame and maybe Captain Marvel.

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Seeing this thread bumped- got me thinking- are we starting to see new characters in the MCU being introduced as quite divergent from their comic book equivalents? Shang Chi, Ms Marvel and Moon Knight for sure. Possibly Black Knight, arguably the Eternals. I'm starting to worry for Blade.

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38 minutes ago, drmick said:

Seeing this thread bumped- got me thinking- are we starting to see new characters in the MCU being introduced as quite divergent from their comic book equivalents? Shang Chi, Ms Marvel and Moon Knight for sure. Possibly Black Knight, arguably the Eternals. I'm starting to worry for Blade.


Moon Knight, barely - there’s been enough iterations, and only the fact that the personas started out not knowing each other (and grant not being a billionaire) feels like it counts.
 

Ms Marvel, well the powers, but the rest of the family environment seems correct?

 

Eternals, not really.

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