‘Street Fighter’ the Movie: Was it Really That Bad? [Video]
Video game movies are usually a box-office flop.
Movie-goers head into the theater expecting a spectacle of awesomeness and seeing their favorite video game characters on the big screen, just to witness the destruction and misunderstanding of the source material.
How could you make a movie about Street Fighter?
Let's start with our story line first.
A crazy dictator known at Gen. M. Bison is attempting to take over the world and build Bisonopolis (It was the '90s, ya know). It was a place where peace and prosperity can reign with fear and control. A militant group, of course, retaliates and is led by the fierce and kung-fu master Col. William Guile. Guile has three days to save the hostages from Bison and thwart his evil plan! Along the way, he gains allies from familiar names like Ken, Ryu, E. Honda, Balrog, and Chun-Li.
I would go into major detail of how they come into play, but I would be typing out the whole damn "Street Fighter" movie.
This movie is based off the extremely successful video game Street Fighter II. It was a smash hit in the arcade and is credited for the resurgence of arcade games in the early '90s. In the game, you pick a character from a cities around the world and fight on the streets. There was really no concrete story, so you could really go anywhere with it. Which to a writer, gives you free range to pretty much do what you want.
How about those actors?
The 1994 movie was able to snag some top-name actors for the time, and some of them were really nicely cast. Jean-Claude Van Dam as Guile? Pretty good selection! However, to play the die-hard blonde haired American, it was difficult to hide the accent, dude.
Raul Julia as M. Bison? Pulled it off pretty good! Although I will say I envisioned Bison as a REALLY strong adversary against Guile. Instead we got Julia (R.I.P), who gave Bison more personality than strength, and in that respect, he did good. Sadly, this was Raul Julia last film he acted in. He passed away in October 1994.
Now the big question: Was "Street Fighter" the movie really that bad?
Verdict: Not really. But it's so bad, it's good.
This movie is more fun and crazy than it is bad. Keep in mind, I love cheesy action flicks from actors like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, etc.
So, this movie really kind of falls in between. It's not as memorable as movies like "Die Hard," "Rambo" or even "Terminator." It was just a flick that showed up and was quickly whisked away.
The year 1994 was amazing for movies! We were graced with movies like "Dumb and Dumber," "The Mask," "Clerks," "The Lion King, and even Academy Award winner "Forrest Gump." With this movie, though, it's just a fun movie.
When you think of 1994, do you think of "Street Fighter: The Movie?" Nope!
You might, however, think of the video game.
It did decently well at the box-office, with a $35 million budget and grossed at $33.5 million in the U.S. and made more than that internationally.
While it has since gained a cult classic status, much like the Super Mario Bros. movie, but in my mind, it's your standard '90s action flick. It is fun for a good watch here and there, but definitely not that movie that EVERYONE needs to see.
The funniest part of the movie:
Now, you can all go home.