Last time I talked about the strong female characters in Mass Effect and why the story of the game is better for it. Still, I have strong reservations about making Mass Effect or any video game into a movie. As any person who watched the live-action Street Fighter movies, the Tomb Raider films with Angelina Jolie and the Resident Evil series, I have good reasons to be cautious.
Here’s the thing that I noticed about these films: they don’t have any respect for the source material. These movies are just a quick cash-grab and the producers of these films just want to slap together a film without really understanding the things that made these games special. It’s not enough to have Chun-Li fight M. Bison. You have to have them fight like you would picture them in the game. Is it going to be realistic? No, but it’ll be extremely fun to watch.
Another thing that makes these movies bad is that the story usually doesn’t resemble the story of the game. You probably know about Chun-Li being a reporter in the first Street Fighter film, right? Well, when they made The Legend of Chun-Li, they made her a pianist. So, they had a second chance to make a decent Street Fighter movie but they actually tried to make it more devoid from Chun-Li’s Interpol story? How hard can it be to make her an Interpol agent?
At least I’m more hopeful now. I think comic book movies used to get this awful treatment before but with the recent Marvel movies and the new Batman movies, that can all change. Speaking of comics, is it even possible for someone like me to get into comics with the extremely long history the characters have? I’ll try to answer that next time!
If you have any “fond” memories of other video game movies, please write them in the comments section below.