shang-chi review

What My Kids Thought of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Popular request: Movie review post with spoilers for new movies that might have some scary parts for younger kids. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of those movies that has people wondering what agee it’s good for. Hopefully this updated review helps! Want a spoiler-free Shang-Chi review with my thoughts? Check this post out first. 

I loved Shang-Chi so much that I bought tickets to take the whole fam (minus Lee Lee) to see it opening week during a matinee (perks of homeschooling!). As I suspected, the kids also enjoyed it, but a few recurring comments stood out. 

1. Subtitles

Needing to help read the subtitles for kiddos with a learning difference. Both of our kids had a little trouble keeping up with the words so each of us had to help fill in the gaps. For the most part they were still able to keep up with the plot. This said, I loved all of the Mandarin used in the film and in a Marvel press conference, creators explained how intentional the different accents were, as well as their use of “speaking ABC.”

“They called it out and ABC, of course, means American born Chinese,” Simu Liu explained. “But it’s just this-this-the first time that you really see in a movie. Someone just calling out, you know, a lived experience.”

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