Terrible Game-Based Movie Review: Street Fighter
For as long as video games have existed, so has Hollywood’s obsession with adapting it into a live-action movie. But for all intents and purposes, their attempts over the years have not been successful, commercially or critically.
This string of bad to terrible movies has created a negative narrative among fans that films adapted from games are not worth watching. And regardless of the intention or talent behind and in front of the camera, it seems like an impossibility to create a great film based on a video game.
Video game fans have been disheartened over the years. To see their favourite characters and moments ruined on screen, who wouldn’t be?
For more proof, look no further than the Street Fighter franchise — a Capcom intellectual property that has seen countless attempts at a live-action adaptation.
It’s Not A K.O! For The Street Fighter Franchise
If you grew up playing arcade games, a large majority of your time would’ve undoubtedly been spent on playing this fighting game. After all, Street Fighter II was blowing up arcades back in the early 1990s. Thereafter, Hollywood soon came to cash in on its popularity.
The result is an awesomely bad movie that was mired with questionable production and casting choices. Imagine casting the very Belgian (but awesome nonetheless) Jean-Claude Van Damme as the all-American Guile. Or what about casting respected thespian Raul Julia (known for his role as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family movies) as villain M. Bison?
But most importantly, the character costumes were truly terrible. Each character was barely recognizable as a Street Fighter character. You’d definitely find better cosplays at just about any convention.
And if that weren’t enough, round 2 of Hollywood’s mishandling of the product gave us 2009’s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. In this case, the movie wasn’t at all any better than the original. Also, as of this writing, Hollywood is still attempting to produce an excellent movie based on the Capcom IP, with Street Fighter: Genesis being next in line to be released.