The trailer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny — the sequel to the Academy Award-winning martial arts film coming to Netflix — is a bit of a mystery.One would imagine that, given the opportunity to build a franchise on the foundation of an essential, modern action film, Netflix would take careful steps to maintain all the goodwill that fell in its lap.
And yet, with a single song this trailer seems intent on squandering it. The synthy cover of “Bad Moon Rising” that plays over the action evokes visions of an alternate universe where the words “made by Netflix” have inherited the stigma that “straight to video” carried 20 years ago.
The footage itself seems perfectly fine. There’s lot’s of gravity-defying sword fights. Michelle Yeoh is back. Everything’s great… As long as you watch the trailer on mute.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny launches on Netflix February 26.