Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is here! The film is the second of four MCU cinema releases scheduled for 2021, unlike Black Widow, Shang-Chi is exclusively at cinemas and won't be available on Disney+ Premier Access. Although the pandemic means that not everyone can freely go to the cinema currently, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings would be wasted on TV. The scale of the film, particularly the visuals in the second half require a cinema viewing. Just like Black Widow deserved a cinematic release so did Shang-Chi, representation matters. So, is Shang-Chi a classic MCU origin story hit? Yes, it is! This is the first origin story since Captain Marvel in 2019, and this film is clearly the first step to forging a refreshed Avengers team. I am so excited about this film and its characters, I already cannot wait for what's next. Read on for my full review: there will be spoilers beyond this point! Where does Shang-Chi fit in the MCU timeline? The main events of th

(Finally!) Most Anticipated Movies of 2021

With cinemas finally set to open - at least here in the UK, I thought it was finally time for my annual 'Most Anticipated Movies' of the year post. I had originally drafted this post in January but considering Cinema's never opened I decided to wait until a date was confirmed and movie releases where firmly scheduled. With that being said Cinemas could once again close and movies subsequently get pushed back - if that does happen, I will do a movie release updates post, similar to the one I did in 2020. With many things still so uncertain, two things are for sure: There are some fantastic movies ready to release and I can't wait to watch them. Give the post a read and let me know in the comments which films you are most looking forward to finally watching.

  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Release Date: 17th May. Dir: Will Gluck. Starring: James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Margot  Robbie. Beginning this years cinema schedule is the second Peter Rabbit film. This film is set to be adorable, full of funny moments and is bound to be a children's favourite. Even if it's not great, I'm sure you'll love it, as you'll be back at the cinema. 
  • Cruella Release Date: 28th May. Dir: Craig Gillespie. Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser. The next Disney live action film is here and this time we get to see the origins of one of the biggest villains: Cruella De Vil. This film looks like it will be a combination of a Joker film and The Devil Wears Prada. If you don't feel ready to head back to the cinema then Cruella will be released simultaneously on Disney+ for a fee.
  • Fast and Furious 9 (F9) Release Date: 8th July. Dir: Justin Lin. Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Sung Kang and Lucas Black. I think most of the stunts have been shown in trailers for F9 already, but it is still set to be action packed. With Justin Lin (Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift) returning, it's sure to be a great film - although not the last of the franchise. 
  • Black Widow Release Date: 9th July. Dir: Cate Shortland. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr and David Harbour. After waiting ten years for this film, the pandemic pushed Black Widow back even further. But that just means I am more excited than ever! Black Widow kicks off the MCU's 2021 slate and it's sure to be a thrilling solo movie for a character that so deserved a solo/origin story. I cannot wait to see Black Widow take centre stage.
  • Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania Release Date: 23rd July. Dir: Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi. The final film of the Hotel Transylvania movies. Even through Adam Sandler is not returning to voice Dracula, I'm sure the final film will be just as fun. Little is known about the film, so hopefully trailers will be released in the coming weeks. 
  • Jungle Cruise Release Date: 30th July. Dir: Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Edgar Ramirez. Another Disney film pushed back from 2020 is Jungle Cruise. The film is loosely based on the Disney attraction of the same name. I'm sure it will feature the high production value of other Disney live action films. Plus it would be nice to see more adventure films at the cinema, so hopefully Jungle Cruise is a success. 
  • Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings Release Date: 3rd September. Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton. Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung. The MCU's second film of the year. Until the trailer I wasn't quite sure about this film until I saw the trailer and now I can't wait. We finally get to see the real Mandarin - Although I hope Trevor makes a cameo.  
  • Dune Release Date: 17th September. Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista and Oscar Isaac. Although some of the hype created by the Dune trailer over a year ago has disappeared, I'm sure Dune will be a must watch for 2021. With a fantastic cast and some stunning visuals I can't wait to see it.
  • James Bond: No Time To Die Release Date: 30th September. Dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga. Starring: Daniel Craig, Ana De Armes, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. I feel like we have been waiting ages for Daniel Craig's final outing as 007, but if all goes to plan, we will finally get to see Bond back on the big screen in September. There has been a lot of speculation regarding this film, so it will be interesting to see where this film leads and what it means for Bond going forward. 
  • Eternals Release Date: 6th November. Dir: Chloe Zhao. Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kit Harrington. I'll be honest I have no idea who/what The Eternals are (I need to do some studying) but I know I am excited for this film. The cast is crazy and MCU films rarely disappoint. We recently got our first glimpse of Eternals in the MCU trailer and already I am excited for more. 
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife Release Date: 11th June. Dir: Jason Reitman. Starring: Paul Rudd, Annie Potts, Bill Murray. I love Ghostbusters (not the most recent one) and I was so excited for Afterlife until I saw the first trailer, but then I saw the mini marshmallow monsters and I am in love! I will watch this film just for them!
  • Top Gun: Maverick Release Date: 2nd July. Dir: Joseph Kosinski. Starring: Tom Cruse. Top Gun is back! Theres not much information on this film yet, but the first film is a classic which makes this one worth a watch. The trailer looks awesome, and the stunts make this film an interesting addition to 2021s movie line-up. 
  • West Side Story Release Date: 10th December. Dir: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose. 2021 was in desperate need of a musical on the cinema slate and Steven Spielberg has given us a remake of West Side Story. Again, not much is known about this film, but knowing Spielberg it is set to be a hit. 
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home Release Date: 17th December. Dir: Jon Watts. Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, J.K Simmonds, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfred Molina. The last of the four MCU films of 2021 and possibly the last Spider-Man film. There is a lot of hype surrounding this film, but I have to admit I am way more excited for this film to set up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Once the trailer comes out, I'm sure I'll be very hyped for this film. 
  • The Matrix 4 Release Date: 22nd December. Dir: Lana Wachowski. Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jessica Henwick, Ellen Hollman, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jonathan Groff and Jada Pinkett Smith. I have actually never seen any of The Matrix movies - but they are a pretty big deal! Keanu Reeves is back, which is great, but little else is known about the movie. But this is the perfect reason to watch the first three.  
  • Downton Abbey 2 Release Date: 22nd December. Dir: Simon Curtis. Starring: Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Dancy, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Laura Haddock, Penelope Wilton and Nathalie Baye. After the success of the first film, Downton Abbey is back with a sequel that is set for release in December. I cannot wait to experience some more Downton charm. 
So that's my list of most anticipated movies in 2021. It may be five months into 2021 but it's clear that in the remaining seven months of 2021 cinemas are going to be full of great movies. Production companies are certainly making up for lost time. Other films releasing this year include: A Quiet Place Part II (John Krasinski), The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (Patrick Hughes), Space Jam: A New Legacy (Malcolm D. Lee), The Suicide Squad (James Gunn) and The King's Man (Matthew Vaughn). Let me know what films you are looking forward to seeing! Let's hope things remain safe and cinemas can remain open. 

Thank you for reading xx 

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