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Cecil kicks off 2013 with another video game adaptation! This time, it’s the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic Street Fighter, also starring Ming-Na Wen as Chun-Li, Kylie Minogue as Cammy, and Raul Julia as M. Bison in one of his final roles. 

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  • “In Shadaloo city, nobody tells me nothin.” Sagat did remind me of Bill Bailey in Hot Fuzz there!

    7:10: THERE! I used the damn clip guys, you happy?!
    Oh Cecil, it’s amazing how much of the effort you see put into a movie rather than just looking at it as a movie. I don’t like this movie as much as the Mortal Kombat movie (not that either are masterpieces, they’re good in terms of video game movies) but I do think that there were some good lines in it, especially the “For me, it was Tuesday” line. I heard that used in a Youtube video from a user I was subscribed to and thought it was such a funny badass boast. I didn’t realise it came from this until I watched it back. It’s a shame they couldn’t get an American actor to play Guile since Van Damme can’t do an American accent for shit (he sounds Dutch in this to me) but I do think Kylie Minogue looked really cute/hot in this. i don’t like her music or most of her acting but she did wear that outift well, seemed pretty tough in the role and I admire her for bulking up a bit for the role (not as much as Jessica Biel did for Blade Trinity but there’s a little muscle there, which Cammy has a lot of).

    However, I do hear a lot of anime fans say that the animated Street Fighter movie is a lot better and easier to take seriously (Anime Abandon theme in one of the fight scenes). Have you seen that one by any chance Cecil?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      While it was odd for a Frenchman with such a heavy accent to play the “all American” solider, I just chalk this up to the same country to have John Wayne play Genghis Khan. From a casting perspective it made sense since at the time JCVD was still pretty bankable. Minogue looked great but her outfit didn’t really allow to show off her physique. I guess they couldn’t really convince her to wear the costume from the game or she would have been picking wedgies the entire film. The anime is much better but that happens fairly often. They didn’t have as many restrictions and with art they could do whatever they pleased. It was much closer to what people wanted in terms of a Street Fighter movie. If you like anime you should check it out. Although, for some reason the US DVD is edited for content. Get the region 2 uncut for the full shebang.

      • Muthsarah

        I figured Guile was a Cajun, even before the movie was announced.  From what I remember of the game, his flag icon looked like it was in the American south, and his name sounded kinda French (even though it isn’t).  So I didn’t think JCVD wasn’t a bad casting choice.  Actually, nobody was.  The characters just weren’t written well.  They really, REALLY should have stuck with the characters from the first game, just so they could give them a tiny bit of depth.  Save the new ones (including the minor villains) for the sequels.

        “An hour and fifteen minutes into the film and FINALLY a complete fight.  In a movie called Street Fighter.  It’s cut short, though….”

        Why this movie sucks, in Five Seconds.

        The way you talked about the screenplay, it sounded like it was written in a single night.  I can believe that.

        I WANTED to like this movie, but it was too goofy by half.  Some actual, quality fight scenes, instead of two or three unsatisfying scuffles at the end that are, sadly, TOO close to the game (face it, hitting someone with a little flash of a fireball is not and never will be as interesting as caving a guy’s face in with your fist), following over an hour of bad jokes does not capture the feel of either a video game, or a 1980s action cheesefest.  This movie needed an R rating.  It’s.  About.  Fighting.  There must be violence, a lot of violence.  They shoulda just ripped off Big Trouble in Little China, which felt a lot like a video game anyway.

        P.S. Love the Whammy reference.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          He wrote the treatment in a single night. Just his basic concepts for the film to pitch to the execs at Capcom. The only movie I know recently written in a super short time to be greenlit was The Hills Have Eyes 2. Alexandre Aja didn’t want to do the sequel so Wes Craven and his son wrote the sequel over the course of a weekend to get the film put together quickly. It was beyond terrible.

          Big Trouble in Little China would make for an awesome side scrolling beat em up.

          I try to sneak a Whammy in where I can. 🙂

      • spiff2268

        Isn’t JCVD from Belgium?

        • The_Stig

          Yes. Yes he is. 

          It’s the Schwarzeneggar effect. American character, thick as hell European accent. Although at least in some of JCVD’s films they DID attempt to justify the accent. He played a Cajun in Hard Target and Universal Soldier and in Sudden Death his character was a Quebec-born firefighter.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          doh! Good grief he’s “The Muscles from Brussels”. I’m not sure where my brain was there.

  • Jay_Bay

    Thoughts on the review:

    Damn, SMB then DD then SF?  I’m surprised that there were video games movies after those.
    Reporter Chun Li….geez-us
    You do admit, Raul Julia looked good as M. Bison.  I know I follow him anywhere.
    I don’t care, I must know what possess the casting director that “All-American” Col Guile to be played by JCVD.  Seriously…..why?
    Nooooo…..Ryu and Ken, weapon dealer.  Like Nic Cage in Lord of War? -shrug-
    Honey Boo Boo can drive anyone bonkers -twitch-
    Bisonopolis?  Fuck it…that works
    That’s kinda of the thing with this movie and similar movies with this premise: had person A just went ahead and do action X, then they will get person B.  But because of bragging and taunting, it gives person B plenty of time to do action Y to counter.
    Question-if the Guile speech happen in real life, would he actually get anyone to follow him?
    Why does the stealth boat has his name on the outside?  To show the world it’s his damnit….wait
    Damn Blanka, they fucked you up man.
    Really, an hour and a half until the first full fight?  Damn, it didn’t seem that long in my memory.
    At least this movie is kinda on location like the games….I think
    Wait……Ken is the one that gave Sagat the scar?  Ah snap..
    Oh yes, Kylie Minoque and DAT ASS

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      By that point they were already in production and since SF did well financially, it showed that they weren’t wasting their money. In the end, the studios could give a rats ass if the movie is reviewed well, they just want the movie to do well financially. Good reviews are secondary.

      Hehehe, it was a quick potshot, I was wondering if anyone was going to see the evil of Boo Boo.

      I think it is the James Bond troupe. If the bad just did it instead of boasting about it, well, we wouldn’t have a movie!

      I’d follow Bison or Guile, those 2 are charismatic as hell.

      Yep, the end boss of the original Street Fighter was Sagat. Ryu actually defeats him with the dragon punch which gave him the scar.

      There is a cosplay of a girl doing Cammy and she is PERFECT.

      • Jay_Bay

        Oh, that was point of the “Ah snap.” blurb.  I knew Ryu cause the scar with the shoryuken.  It’s along the “what, that isnt right” line of jokes.

        Also, many of the Cammy cosplayers I have  seen does her….asset very well.

  • I Love the Street Fighter Live-Action Movie!  I really can’t understand all the hate it’s generated.   I just think that it’s a lot of fun.  

    I like the way it incorporated most of the characters; sure some of them, like Deejay, Handa, and Chun-li seemed somewhat convenient (and Ken and Ryu seemed more like Bimmy and Jimmy Lee from Double Dragon), but really wasn’t too far off from cannon. 

    I enjoyed the Animated Movie, too;  But it took itself way too seriously.  I can honestly say I liked this one better.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      People took it too seriously. Over the years it developed a cult following and I think after the disaster of Chun Li, the is looked at much more favorably.

      Yeah, they shoehorned in the characters but it can’t be easy trying to squeeze in so many into a 90 minute production. For the most part, while their occupations were off at least they all had the right fighting styles.

  • The_Stig

    “Qvick, change da channel!” 
    “For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me….it was tuesday.” 
    “You got paid??”
    “For I beheld Satan as he fell frrrom heaven…LIKE LLLLLLIGHTNING!” 
    So many great lines. I’d have to call this the quintesentiall So Bad it’s Good movie.

    • DamonD

      Definitely agree on all counts and quotes. I love Julia mixing that cocktail in his pimpin’ smoking jacket, so entertaining.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      It’s just so quotable!

      • The_Stig

        I love the “It was tuesday” line the best. What puts it over the top is that it’s set up with the standard “you killed my family member and/or person I care about” speech that you KNOW Chun Li had been rehearsing for years and Bison just deflates her with one line.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Exactly. She’s waiting for this big reaction from Bison and he humiliates her. It’s an awesome moment.

          • The_Stig

            I wouldn’t say he humiliated her, but he definitely pwns her. She’d been spending her entire life building up to this very confrontation, and now finally, after all these years he gets her chance at last to tell him off. Her ego and her pride are riding high and with pretty much a wave of his hand, completely obliterates her Inigo Montoya moment.

            I mean, come on, the man’s got an empire to run. You can’t expect him to keep track of the people he’s killed.

            Bison is a boss.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Awesome. 🙂  I did not like the movie very much but I do concede I did laugh at just about everything Julia said.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! Julia went all in with this one.

      • Thomas Stockel

        I think he was an outstanding actor. I loved him in Addams Family, Moon Over Parador, Presumed Innocent.  Seeing this reminded me of his range, how he could play a low key defense attorney in one movie and then go running around in red pleather the next spouting out cheesy one-liners with unbridled gusto.  He died way too soon. 🙁

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Agreed. He was very talented, even in movies like Overdrawn at the Memory Bank. I never saw him phone in a performance. A shame, we have so many actors now that just see a paycheck. He took each role with his all.

  • Jeff Bradford

    Ah Cecil! Very good review. I love this movie because it was so bad, and yet so damn funny. And yes, I could not stand the Legend of Chun-li, I’d rather see what Jean Claude had in mind instead, but thems the breaks, I suppose. Love the review, bro. Now where’s Mortal Kombat 2?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! I would have preferred to see a sequel with JCVD, I’m sure it would have been a bit darker and would have had more fighting for sure. A shame. I understand the studio wanted to do a reboot but good grief did they blow it. Chun Li is dull and aside from some good casting choices, it is just a bad movie.

      Not a fan of MK2 but MK1 coming very soon!

  • MephLord

    Cecil, there was a lot of good info you presented and made me appreciate the movie more than I did before.  But it still had a few problems.  When was Dhalsim ever a doctor?  Why is Sagat so damn short?  (Great Khali would be one SCARY Sagat if WWE ever did a movie of Street Fighter…although considering WWE’s track record, that movie might be even worse than this one), why are Ken and Ryu not the main characters?  Why is Balrog a good guy?  Some of these questions just got on my nerves.

    I own the Unrated Street Fighter Animated Movie and am glad I do, because it really does add depth to the characters (it’s major selling point was the notorious Chun Li shower scene, and upon watching it, I didn’t really think it was that gratuitous) but the animated movie also featured a character I’m surprised wasn’t at all in the movie, that being Fei Long.  You’d think an Asian character in a movie based in Asia wouldn’t be that difficult to introduce, but T. Hawk, Dee Jay and Cammy made it into the movie instead?  Really baffling.

    To finish off this comment how awesome would it be for Vanilla Ice to be a Mugen fighter and put him in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom vs DC vs Tekken vs Fatal Fury vs 80s Pop Stars?  That game would RULE.


    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Dhalsim being a doctor didn’t bug me too much. I just figured it was a way for them to get him into the film. Sagat being short went with they decided to get a solid actor (Studi) instead of a giant guy who could play the role. He did still kind of look like him but he needed another foot or so in the height dept.

      I think deSouza was a Guile fan, hence why he chose him to be the main. (he was my guy in SF2 as well) The rest I just chalk up to artistic license.

      The Animated movie is really good. So lame that they removed the Chun Li scene from the US DVD. Why? Oh no! Someone drew boobies! Fei Long was supposed to be in the movie but they changed his name because some producer thought it was too generic. I don’t get it either.

      YES. If I ever win the 300 million dollar powerball, I’ll get right on that.

  • Toby Clark

    “Cammy’s crying, I guess because she can’t get him out of her head”

    And it’s more than she dares to think about.

    The second time I watched this, I found a lot more of it to be genuinely good than So Bad it’s Good. As a result I upgraded it to a 7/10 on IMDb.

    Nice to see you using the the “OF COURSE!” clip totally in context.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Hehehe, I was hoping that one would get picked up. 🙂

      She keeps thinking about the time he showed her his Thailand.

      It’s a well made movie, not nearly worth the ire that gets thrown at it. I think after seeing The Legend of Chun Li, people are looking at this in a new light.

  • Bon_Rurgandy

    I love that every review of yours is funny, informative as can be, and also make me see your point of view with rational thought and an open mind. A lot of critics take the easier road and give their reasons why they disliked a movie that was generally disliked by a huge majority of others. 

    I appreciate that your reviews take the opposite direction and that you make your cases so compelling, that I actually see a good movie where once I saw garbage. Well, the only movie I’ll never budge on is The Happening. But to be fair, Mila Kunis and Emma Stone could be giving me a simultaneous blowjob, seductively telling me the only way they could finish me off is for me to say I loved The Happening and all I would get out of the situation is a severe case of blue balls. 

    There are a lot of good reviewers here online who entertain the hell out of me. Film Brain, Cinema Snob, Welshy, The Nostalgia Critic, The Horror Guru, Count Jackula, Obscurus Lupa and The Bunny Perspective to name a few. No offense to the many I didn’t mention, who’s videos I also love watching. But your videos are easily my favorite, for all of the reasons I mentioned and more.

    This past year has been pretty lousy, with having been unemployed through the majority of it, even now. So when I first found the That Guy With The Glasses site, I quickly breezed through review after review. I’d finally found a strange and wonderful group of people who looked at movies with the same sarcastic glee as I did. It was if they had been rooting around in my head when I had been watching the particular movie they were reviewing and wrote what I thought, verbatim. Afterwards, or during…it’s all kind of a blur of endless reviews, I found blip and tons of similar reviews on YouTube, which is how I found your videos.

    After watching every video you have on Youtube, I followed the link to your site and watched the rest. Then from your site, I found agonybooth. At the risk of turning this into a Casey Kasem sad letter moment, I just want to say that I appreciate you and your reviews so much. Being unemployed isn’t as fun as the movies make it out to be, so your reviews and the reviews of others have provided me with a ton of much-needed laughs and have really helped me through an otherwise excruciating time. 

    So Casey? Will you please play Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot? Because I like big butts, and I cannot lie.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thank you so much! I really enjoy hearing stuff like this…well…not the unemployed part but you know what I mean.

      You have more restraint than I would. Emma Stone or Mila Kunis could be in the same room as me and I’d sit through a marathon of Sex and the City if it would make them stay. Although I would be hard pressed to not say “shut up Meg” every time Mila spoke.

      I guess with the Happening, I grew up watching a lot of old b&w sci-fi movies and The Happening has that old time vibe. Oh well, out of all the movies I’ve done The Happening is the one that still gets the most ire.

      Sorry to hear you have been out of work. It sucks and there really isn’t an upside. I’ve had some friends out of work and it’s not for their lack of trying to get jobs or qualifications! The job market is horrible right now and I think anyone employed should be happy they at least have something. I’m glad I was able to give you something to enjoy while you are trying to get back on track.

      Was that Dana Carvey? When I read that last line I read it in his voice.

  • Wizkamridr

    Never really liked the film since I watched the Anime first. Good review. Wish someone would review the Power Rangers movie.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg


      I was thinking about doing the Power Rangers movie at some point. I just watched it not too long ago and while it is silly, it is still entertaining.

      • MephLord

        Rita Repulsa is still a great character.  She should cross over into the Ant-Man movie, and have Hank Pym fight Goldar!  Marvel vs SABAN would be a great movie!  And Power Rangers vs Serpent Society would be so epic fanboys would be drooling for two straight hours.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          A lot of crossover movies would be great but the studios just can’t seem to get their heads out of their asses long enough to realize the gold mines they have before them.

        • Wizkamridr

          The original Japanese rita from season 1? Or from the later seasons? I didn’t like that fact that they made Goldar an idiot.

      • Shariban83

        Ever watch Super Sentai?

      • Wizkamridr

        Ever watch Super Sentai?

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          No but I heard it was good. I really don’t watch as much TV as I used to.

  • That wasn’t Code Red, that was Cherry/Orange Game Fuel!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I think I’m going colorblind with my reds/oranges. Thats’ the second time in the past month I mistook orange for red.

  • katmore9

    Great review as always.
    I cracked up HARD at the “owned” part and the fail buzzer. Hilarious!
    Your research into this movie was really in-depth. Do you know any more about the proposed sequel JCVD was attached to do? General plot? Cast? How far did it get? A full script?
    I’ve seen this movie a bunch of times (guilty pleasure), and I NEVER noticed the backgrounds before until you pointed it out.
    2 questions for you:
    1) Are you considering a Mortal Kombat review?
    2) Cammy or Chun Li? (You know what I mean  😉

    • Cecil_Trachenburg


      As far as the proposed sequel, they didn’t get very far. All I know is that is was going to be more serious and since Julia had died, they were going to go with a new villain. (possibly Akuma?) Dolph Lundgren was going to be in it as well as Holly Valance. A few of the original cast were in talks to return. No script was written that I know of. A shame, because no matter what they would have done it still would have been better than the Legend of Chun Li.

      1) Yes. Coming very, very soon.

      2) Cammy, great googly moogly.


      • katmore9

        Cool. Thanks for the reply and info.

        You seem pretty down on the Legend of Chun Li movie. Is it entertainingly bad or just bad because it sucks? Also, does it pay homage to the capcom franchaise like this one did?

        Also, do you take movie requests for reviews? I ask this because I replied to a different movie thread (Sweet revenge, I think) and bought up the idea for a Street fighter review. though you didn’t reply, sure enough, within a week, I saw this review up. Just curious.

        Thanks again.  

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          No problem. 🙂

          Unfortunately, Chun Li is bad/bad. It commits the biggest sin a movie can do…be boring. There are long spaces of nothing and lots of pointless dialog. I was hoping it would be something to goof on but it did nothing for me. They did some homages to the game (Chun Li’s outfit, her spin kick, a few other moves) but not nearly as many as the JCVD one.

          I certainly do! While I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to do the movie, I’ll check it out and usually let you know. I must have missed the comment. Sometimes these things fly by so if I don’t respond, it’s not personal!