Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – (5.5/ 10)

13 12 2010

Note: I was hoping to make a review for another movie, I just happen to notice I once again forgot to post a long-overdued article, and here it is!

Well first and foremost, I was disappointed with it. I remembered the first live-action feature of Street Fighter way back in 1994, and for some odd reason I liked it, not much because of the screenplay but the amount of action involved.

In Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, there are some notable well-choreographed fighting scenes though but unfortunately was not enough to pull up some dull moments through the film.

This is a story about one of the most famous female characters in the game, young girl named Chun Li (obviously…) who embarks on a quest of revenge and justice.

I watched it because I liked Kristin Kreuk and the whole SF game but honestly the story kind of, sorry to say it, sucked big time. I understand that CAPCOM, the company bigwig behind the movie, wanted this to be centered on Chun Li’s journeys and history. But c’mon, they could’ve inserted more sub-plot lines that could’ve held the movie more cohesively. It’s a refreshing take on what I was used to seeing in the video games version than what’s on screen; maybe a little off here and there but over-all the changes are tolerable. The idea of the Order of the Web was cool too. What’s not are the other weak plot points. The movie’s not really excruciating to watch, it had problems sustaining interest all throughout the film.

It’s great they got Kreuk for title role, though I missed Chun Li’s signature look in the game with two large balls of hair and that qipao she always wore which was an early 20th century Chinese dress. Oh, was the actor who portrayed Vega, part of the Black-Eyed-Peas?

Kreuk plays the role of Chun Li, almost feels like the perfect choice


The spinning bird kick technique was cute, and they made a great decision by having it reserved for the end part. I was waiting for it the whole time, I was expecting more but it’s A-ok. M Bison was played by Neal McDonough, and he’ s so lean! I envisioned him to be bulkier! Oh wait, in the game he really IS BIG! Though on the plus side, he really made me feel he was evil and definitely worth some kicking in the butt! Nice choice of colors for the wardrobe but I hoped they stick with the original costumes instead. It would really make a difference especially for SF fans. Where’s Balrog’s boxing gloves?

If you’re new to all this (which you probably aren’t since you read the article…) there’s a big chance you may like it. But just like SF fans worldwide, a very huge number were expecting better. This is a sign that CAPCOM’s trying to take risks and would like to revive/relive the interest for the game franchise itself, which is a good thing. In other words, there could be more future features associated with SF characters that’s for sure. Are they going to make a sequel of this? If they will, I’d really hope it would be waaaayyyyy better than this one.

Photos courtesy of IMDB

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WATCHMEN – (7.5 / 10)

16 12 2009

I know, the movie seemed to be “so yesterday” but I just like to share my thoughts here.

Very tricky indeed.

Great twists and a moving plot.

And wow, steamy scenes, just when I thought I was watching something children could also watch. I even though at the beginning that this would be very similar to other superhero movies like “X-men” or “Superman”. But no, it maybe in the same bark but it eventually grew a branch of its own.

It’s about a team of masked vigilantes, wanting to do good for the society. Just like “Justice League”, only, more human. It highly involves dealing with relationships in a complex system and society.

The theme is definitely not shallow and you’ll have a lot of thinking going on while watching but I believe that this sort of setback could also be a reason why it’s so good. It makes you think . It makes you wonder. It makes you feel that you’re a part of the investigation. The only downside is at some point, I was more analyzing stuff rather than enjoying the movie itself, which is for me a little of a hassle.

The director really did a great job with the creative shots which were mostly moving. Vivid visuals and exciting fighting scenes could probably be it’s second best asset after only the plot. It’s got a brutal slack on killing and slashing and gorging and everything else violent which made me remember “Kill Bill” without the black-and-white effect.

All in all, I’ll give it a more than decent rating.

I’ve got a final question once you’ve watched. Will the end always justify the means? … 😉

Photo Credits: Britfilms