A movie is so much more than a movie
Every movie takes a village to do it right.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was all the talk of the town for many reasons.
An almost all Asian cast along with some big screen stars really put it on the map.
Sure some parts of the storyline didn’t make a whole lot of sense and we now have magical dragons in the MCU, but overall it was a decent movie.
The fight scene on the bamboo scaffolding was unique and frankly difficult to shoot.
Simu was in decent shape but could have been more cut.
The ten rings were magical, so magical in fact, the screen writers didn’t bother giving it a proper backstory and explanation.
Even Wong, Captain Marvel and Smart Hulk were perplexed.
Tony Leung definitely stole the show.
Good looks, doesn’t seem to age, knows kung-fu, wooed his wife with mortal combat and surprisingly good english accent!
No wonder the big, nasty black dragon-looking alien had to steal his soul at the end, if not he would be back and Simu would be outshined.
Oh yea, can someone please tell what was Awkwafina’s role in this movie?
I kid, she was supposedly the comic relief and sidekick to Shang-Chi right?
By the way, if you watched the movie, when Michelle Yeoh was explaining the origins of Ta Lo, she used a beautiful massive wooden mosaic carving.
If anyone can tell me how much that piece is worth or how its made, I would be so curious.
Anyway, I came across this mind-blowing behind the scene footage of the actual construction of the Ta Lo Village.
“We worked the five elements into the design of fire, water, wood, stone and metal. Those elements in harmony are supposed to produce perfect synthesis and balanced life, so the villagers would have course adhere to these notions. Everything that looks like stone was made out of foam. There’s a lot of steel and a lot of foam.”
I always knew movie-making was expensive.
It just didn’t hit me just how large scale the actual village set was.
So that is where all the hundreds of millions and months of prep work went to.
Not everything is CGI today, and it really takes a village to pull off what the amazing fellas behind Shang-Chi did.
Imagine the amount of planning, writing, thinking and actual construction needed to build the whole thing.
For the physical village to last months, bear weight, look good on camera and still fit into the overall aesthetic of the MCU.
My respect for the movie industry just went up.
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