Horrible story… check. Embarrassing, lame dialogue… check. Annoying actors and actresses coupled with really bad acting… check.
This was all expected. Look, I don’t go to a movie based on a video game and expect great things. But I do go to a movie titled “STREET FIGHTER” expecting to be ENTERTAINED and to see some CRAZY FIGHTING ACTION!
SO WHERE WAS THE ENTERTAINMENT AND CRAZY FIGHTING ACTION?! NOWHERE I TELL YOU! ALL I SAW WAS CRAP AND IT WAS BORING AND ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!
You see, the original Street Fighter movie was crap too. But it was funny ultra campy crap with a ridiculous story and cheesy dialogue to match, and it had lots of silly action scenes with characters we all know and love from the game. Plus Van Damme was in it, and he is so bad that he is always good for some laughs. So overall it was really bad entertainment that was still possibly worth watching (while heavily imbibing).
This new Chun-Li movie has no Van Damme, no funny campy bits, is missing all of the game’s other main characters, and worst of all has barely any action. Moreover, the little action that is there is super lame and not cool at all! (Come on, Chun-Li is supposed to be ripped and ass-kicking!) In short, this movie is TOTAL CRAP! And because I actually expected it to at least match the low standards set by its predecessor, I am now disappointed and heart-broken! MY EXPECTATIONS WERE SO LOW YET THE MOVIE STILL FAILED ME! HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN, REALLY?!
But there’s the good, although it had nothing to do with the movie itself. While exiting the theater, I was part of a large crowd of people to witness a kid in a headband (I’m guessing it’s the one you get in the SFIV Collector’s Edition pre-order) jump off the railing over the walls, land into a roll onto the grass, and climb back up ninja-like to do it all over again. The thing is, you don’t get to see this kind of awesome dude in real life every day. In fact you probably only get the chance when you do something like go out to watch “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” on the date of its theatrical premiere. So for this, I feel very lucky! Good luck, kid! I hope you grow up to be a real street fighter someday!