It’s kind of strange that Fox released a Japanese trailer for the upcoming video game adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li before the English language one. Although I guess you could argue that since the original game hails from that country, perhaps they wanted to get those fans excited first before attempting to get us interested.
Nonetheless the Japanese trailer actually gave me some hope for the film because of the way it was cut, it seemed (as most trailers do) to show the best bits and as far you could see from that specific trailer there wasn’t anything overtly bad about it. But this new English language trailer has instantly killed any hopes I had.
Check out the awful trailer (courtesy of IGN.com) below:
Wow, does that look bad…
I mentioned in my post about the bizarre Street Fighter movie poster that the fact they didn’t have much dialogue in the Japanese trailer might be a sign that dialogue isn’t where the strengths of the film lies. But then Screen Rant commenter “SLR” pointed out that it was, after all, a Japanese trailer and therefore why would they have lots of English spoken dialogue? I can accept that logic, but the very fact that they’ve neglected to include much more dialogue in this English language trailer leads me to my original assumption that the dialogue (and probably the story as well) is going to be less than satisfactory (that’s putting it nicely).
And oh man, that dreadful voiceover narration doesn’t help matters. Why do they insist on using that type of voiceover in the trailers for these types of films? It rarely makes it more exciting or look any better, and the use of it here is some of the worst I’ve ever heard.
So what do you make of this new, English language trailer?
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li opens on February 27th.