STREET FIGHTER: LEGEND OF CHUN-LI
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Michael Clarke Duncan
What's it about
This one focuses on the origin of Chun-Li, a girl who grows up wanting to be a pianist. Her dad teaches her martial arts and then pisses off Bison, a mean old crime lord who wipes him out. Chun-Li then decides she needs vengeance, and seeks out Liu Kang..er..Gen, some dude who used to work for Bison but wants to help her now.
Is it good movie?
I know you're automatically thinking that this movie can't hold up the the blockbuster smash flop Van Damme made in the mid 90s, and you're absolutely right. The original Street Fighter is a completely different video game misfire, one so bad that Raul Julia gave himself cancer and died shortly afterwards. That movie may be bad, but at least it is hilariously bad, and I wish I could devote this article to it.
Unfortunately, I had to watch this new movie and it's equally as terrible, but not nearly as enjoyable. Let's start with the plot. This movie sports an intricate and ridiculous plot that just makes you scratch your head. This one tries so hard to be cool and have neat looking moments that doesn't make any sense at all. The plot is written by a first time screenwriter and it absolutely shows. The plot makes no sense, and there will be many times when you wonder what someone was doing in the shot, since you thought they were dead. Swerve!
The fight scenes are both hilarious and ridiculous, filled with wires and awful CGI. There are a few fanboy moments with costumes and stuff like that, but every time you might say 'hey, that's sweet', you'll say 'what the HELL' four more. The movie takes itself WAY too seriously, acting like a beautiful modern martial arts film, instead of a terrible, overacted and poorly cast attempt at a video game movie.
Let's talk about the cast here, shall we? Kristin Kreuk simply doesn't have the chops for a leading role and is the worst narrator of all time. Neal McDonough plays the same role he plays in every movie and hams it up just a bit more as Bison, the slimy American. Chris Klein is the WORST offender here, coming off like an even worse Keanu Reeves, the least tough 'tough guy' I've ever seen- I don't get it.
Why was this movie made? Was it made to satisfy game fans? It won't. Was it made to satisfy mainstream audiences? It likely won't. Will anyone watch another sequel? I don't think so.
Video / Audio
I got a screener disc, so it won't be fair to judge this stuff here.
First up, we get a commentary on the unrated track with producers Patrick Aiello and Ashok Armitraj and actors Neal McDonough and the awful, awful Chris Klein. They take things way too seriously and don't have much fun talking about it. Come on! Do they not know what this movie is?
There are about 15 minutes of deleted scenes, which equal to about 14 scenes. Some of these are hilarious and most are unfinished, and you get even more Chris Klein- WIN!
Becoming a Street Fighter is the making of feature, running close to twenty minutes. It's the only time you'll really see video game footage and you'll also hear a lot of justification and explaining about why this movie was made: "My stupid kids play this game and they wanted me to make it!"
Chun Li: Bringing the Legend to Life is a continuation of the last segment, with cast and crew talking about Kreuk, how great she is and how she realized the character, without even mentioning the game.
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Scene is a ten minute feature that doesn't look at one scene like it promises, instead it looks at every fight scene!
Recreating the Game: Arcade to Film Comparisons is a still gallery of photos from the video game splitscreened with their real life dopplegangers. It's not bad for the Chun-Li stuff, but when you look at Bison it's laugh out loud hilarious, as he looks nothing like him at all. This lasts about 30 seconds.
You also get two more galleries, The Fight in Black and White (storyboards) and a Behind the Fight Production Gallery.
Lastly, you get a one minute sneak peek at Marvel vs Capcom 2 and some crappy trailers, but none for this movie.
If you love horrible movies, watch this one. It's a bad movie, and some people might think it's so bad its good- I would tend to agree, but mostly for Chris Klein. I wouldn't want to watch this again and I'll go on record as saying this movie makes the first one look like a masterpiece. Now, who wants to go home...AND WHO WANTS TO COME WITH ME !?