We finally got a look at the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel yesterday. Here’s the trailer for those that missed it:

Have the volume turned up? Were you searching your tabs wondering what in the hell was autoplaying over the trailer? Oh wait, that’s the song for the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny trailer.

What song is that? Someone bastardizing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising. How dare you Netflix?

There we go. That’s serious Creedence Clearwater Revival. Don’t mess with John Fogerty and company.

The cover is just bad. What makes it worse is it doesn’t fit with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Who is sitting around thinking they should cover CCR and attach it to the Crouching Tiger sequel?

Please tell me the song isn’t indicative of the movie’s soundtrack. It’s jarring coming from Netflix – a company known to hit all the right notes in its trailers.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Once you get past the atrocious CCR cover, the movie itself isn’t that impressive looking. Near the end, the action starts to suffer from the overuse of CG.

Yes, the original was always a bit outlandish in the capabilities of the fighters. But, you never watched it felt there were hundreds of computers in the background cranking the CG out.

Next is the story. The first film had a personal story. We see a trailer only for the sequel, but Netflix seems to have pushed it into the realm of an epic. It’s understandable the company wants to hit a homerun with every piece of original content but never discount the art of nuance.

CCR and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Watching how the movie performs is a test case for the industry. It marks the first time the streaming service is releasing a Hollywood-size movie as original content. Even though I’m a bit sour over the trailer, I want the film to be a success. Disrupting the Hollywood model is good for consumers.

I’ll be honest. I dream of being able to watch same-day theatrical releases from the comfort of my couch.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny releases to Netflix subscribers on February 26 and in select IMAX theaters.


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