Saturday, March 14, 2009

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li - SHOULD I, OR SHOULD I NOT WATCH IT?

STREETFIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI is now showing in Iloilo. I know there are still so many Streetfighter fans out there who await a good film adaptation of their beloved game. But it seems that the new movie is not really a movie bent on redeeming itself from the awful movie which starred Van Damme.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li received generally negative reviews and was not pre-screened for critics. The film ranking website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 4% of critics had given the film positive reviews, based upon a sample of 45. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 17, based on 10 reviews. Amongst the more positive reviews, Rob Nelson of Variety wrote that "Neither the best nor the worst of movies derived from videogames, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li at least gives action fans plenty to ogle besides the titular heroine (Kristin Kreuk)". While The New York Times wrote that the film was "Reveling in the vivid Bangkok locations, Geoff Boyle's photography is crisp and bright, and Dion Lam's action choreography unusually witty". Negative reviews focused on the screenplay and fight scenes. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "other than a few reasonably well-staged fight sequences, the proceedings are dull and visually uninspired. Justin Marks' solemn screenplay lacks any trace of wit."[6] Jeremy Wheeler of TV Guide wrote that "Fight scenes, while admirable for shaking off the shaky-cam aesthetic of their big-screen brethren, neither inspire nor find a good balance between martial arts and FX-laden power punches". IGN gave the movie 1.5 stars out of 5, saying "There's better staged and more enjoyable brawls between Peter and the Chicken on Family Guy." They also stated the original live-action Street Fighter film was more enjoyable than The Legend of Chun-Li.

My personal opinion? Watch it only if you're there to see the spellbinding beauty of Kristin Kreuk, otherwise, you're better off sticking to the game instead. In the meantime, enjoy this audio review from


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