Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Trailer

The imposing evil overlord Bison has been reduced to a blond wheeler-dealer with a goatee. The idealistic narcissist nobleman Vega has been reduced to a goon in a ninja suit. The brutal mercenary boxer Balrog has been reduced to some dude who fires rocket launchers.

Even Bison’s threatening catchphrase, “Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed,” has been reduced to the nonthreatening statement “You will not stop me.”

As revealed in this first trailer, every character in the upcoming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li has been thoroughly douched up and dumbed down for Hollywood audiences. Despite games rapidly outpacing movies and movies frantically taking ideas from games, Hollywood still takes a condescending attitude towards video game characters. It’s Van Damme’s Street Fighter movie all over again, minus Raul Julia’s enjoyably megalomanic Bison.

Hollywood Movies on YouTube. Yawn.

YouTube MoviesI have a really, really hard time getting excited about full-length Hollywood movies coming to YouTube. I like what’s already there. I love the focused conversation generated by shortform video. I don’t need tl;dw stuff when I’m juggling ten browser tabs, stringing together my own entertainment instead of having some overpaid director string it together for me.

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