Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Who can forget the disaster that was the last live action Street Fighter film? When word came around that a new live action film based on the popular video game was coming, everyone cringed. And yet, previews for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li showed some promise. This particular film follows the adventures of the video game character Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk) and her rise to legendary Street Fighter from her humble beginnings as a young child with ambitions of becoming a concert pianist. Her rise to her legendary status is linked to her quest for justice for the atrocities visited upon her family. Can she face the villains who caused her family so much suffering and come out victorious, or will Chun-Li succumb to the might of Bison (Neal McDonough) and his henchmen? Will the movie be as much of a flop as its predecessor?
The musical score of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is created by English-born composer, arranger and producer Stephen Endelman. As a composer, Endelman is known for his diversity, easily switching from classical music to contemporary. His works include the composition of musical scores for A Bronx Tale, De-Lovely, Camilla, Flirting with Disaster, Finding Graceland, and Home of the Brave.
Set in Hong Kong, the music of the film offers a somewhat exotic feel filled with rich percussion, strings and woodwind instruments. The compositions rely heavily on percussion and tempo to convey the various moods in scenes from the film. Most of the tracks are short – approximately two minutes in length – and are created as an auditory aide to the visuals of each scene in the movie. Thus, as a stand alone album, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li falls short. The musical composition offers only a hint of the exotic feel the movie should have being set in such an exotic locale. The music created for the action scenes are lacking in flare as far as I’m concerned. I barely noticed them as one track streamed into another.
For the most part, the Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Soundtrack is a waste of money as a stand alone album. This is music much better suited as an accompaniment to visuals, not as a 27-track album. My opinion: skip the album and watch the movie. You’ll garner more appreciation for the music that way.