There's a world where Shang Chi isn't a Marvel movie, and the 3rd act is cool as hell instead of an exposition dump wrapped in a CGI slog. Seriously, all of these **** movies have the same last 40 minutes, and it so consistently undermines what came before. My wife and I really enjoyed the first 90 minutes of this movie. The martial arts action was great, the characters and world-build were engaging, and the pacing was zippy. But then we had to do the thing, and the fights became magical, the plot started tumbling out in monologues, and Disney's trademark "cluttered CGI that moves unnaturally, feels weightless, and has no sense of space" took over to close the movie out.
I was really into the beginning parts of Shang Chi. Excellent action pieces and scenery that reminded me of crouching tiger. But like you said, the CGI fest became overwhelming. I was also taken out of the movie from Awkwafina. I don't have anything against her as an actress, but her performance was a bit over the top for me.
I feel like my enjoyment for Marvel things has significantly dropped once the Netflix shows started going south. Everything from the Movies (Except for a few) to the stuff on Disney+ has been underwhelming to me for some time.