I just saw the movie this afternoon. I was ... impressed. I don't say that lightly. As a fan of Kim's Convenience, a program that resonates strongly with my family, I was happily surprised by Simu Liu's acting in this film. He really embodied the character. I loved that it showed its respect for the martial arts genre while adopting it into the MCU. I also loved that it subverted expectations for Southeast Asian characters in movies. Katy was absolutely wonderful--I remember that people here were concerned about stereotypes based on the original trailer, but she was a total badass and vulnerable at the same time. The portrayal of children of immigrants who grow up in a new culture was spot on. She was a person of two worlds who felt like she didn't really belong in either. I loved how she defied the expectations that had been placed on her and created her own destiny. For me, she was the star of the film. I loved how the movie could have been a smashing success without the MCU label attached. At its heart, it was a martial arts move rather than a super-hero movie. For its place in the MCU, it wasn't just a retread of previous movies. It had its own unique feel, and didn't even feel like an MCU film in my opiniion. As for Liu, by the time the bus scene came around I wasn't even thinking of his role in Kim's Convenience. He embodied the Shang-Chi character and really did his own thing. He is a great guy and I hope that this is the start of a spectacular film career for him. I'm sure, like with most MCU films, I will start to see the cracks in it when I watch it again, but I believe in judging a movie by how I feel when I leave the theatre and this film made me feel great.