I had such a grand time watching this film. I've seen it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times (by comparison, I thought 'Black Widow' was good but not great). The effects are top notch, the action is top notch, the comedy is great, and the onscreen chemistry between Shang-Chi and his best friend works terrifically.
Though it lost me sometimes during the movie the overall product is inventive, gory fun. The puppets have never been more menacing. In all honesty, I enjoyed this one more than the original 1989 outing.
Yes it has terrific effects, but the film also offers a surprisingly good amount of heart between Lance Henriksen and his onscreen son. I've come to watch this nearly every year as a staple in my October Fest. I'd recommend it to anyone who wishes to watch a horror film with cohesive plot.