Going back to your roots can both be a good and bad thing. It has been 2 years since I last watched Street Fighter: The Movie, and honestly the only time I watched it, but remembered enjoying it. Now, after having gone through 2 years of bad movies.. has my taste soured? What would Swanny thing about it for the first time?
Let’s get to the scoreboard!
Street Fighter is another one of those movies I loved as a kid, and I still do love it despite all its flaws. The acting is pretty terrible, the dialogue too. The pacing was very weird as well, with the climax being built up before the half way mark of the movie. As well, some of their portrayals of the characters from the games was just god awful. Ken and Blanka being two great examples.
Yet I still had a great time. This movie has one of the funniest lines of dialogue in it. A classic Zangeif line which I will not ruin, but if you have seen the movie you will know which one I am talking about.
If you have not seen this movie as a child, you will not enjoy it now but if you have I believe you will still find little gems in it to keep you entertained.
Much like the Super Mario movie, if you go in here expecting a great adaption of the Street Fighter games, you are in for a disappointment. Granted unlike Super Mario, Street Fighter actually uses a lot more elements from the source material, but doesn’t really seem to take any of it seriously.
Instead, you get a movie that is a bit over-the-top, a bit macho and extremely cheesy. And it works! I’ve been through enough infamous movies to know that I much rather take something like this instead of something trying to take itself seriously.
Here, we get characters busting out some of the best and worst one-liners this side of Mr. Freeze (with “Change the channel” and “For me, it was a Tuesday” being the most memorable). You get characters who are pretty much caricatures of actual stereotypes, and a villain so full of himself he creates his own currency!
There’s a lot to enjoy in this film if you go in with very low expectations!
The drinking in this movie was oddly paced as well. With big gaps in between drinks and large clusters of drinks as well. This movie is one of the few where I would like to rework the rules into something a little more flowing.
The flex/pose rule was a little tough to call on some of them on account of the time a pose is held. Is it a pose if they only hold it for a second? With 3 spoken word rules we got a lot of play out of those but other than the spoken word rules we didn’t drink too much.
I would say if you want to watch this movie and drink, wait until we come up with a new, more efficient set of rules. Now I just need to convince the Penguin about that
I think the drinking in the movie is fine, but most of it is really carried by the amount of times the film tends to name drop Bison. I swear the rule of thumb in this movie is if Bison isn’t on screen someone has to remind us about him. And when he is on the screen chewing up so much cheese with naming a city and currency after himself.
The “Home” rule works only in a single scene, but in that scene he does say home 8 time in about 90 seconds so it does earn its keeps. One-liners were a bit harder to call since pretty much every line in this movie could be considered a one-liner in some form.
It was kind of funny since none of us re-read the rules before we started the movie, and being our first Street Fighter breaks several rules we have developed over the years to allow for a better flow of drinking. Perhaps, we will re-examine the rules and post some new ones soon.
Street Fighter: The Movie is a pretty infamous movie to say the least, but usually you have to be the cream of the crop of bad movies to get such a rap. The one positive thing about that is it usually means these movies are memorable for one reason or another. Street Fighter won’t win any awards for acting or direction or music, but if you have 90 mins to kill and some extra beers in the fridge… I wouldn’t turn it down!