Mortal Kombat 2021 Review

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This year’s new Mortal Kombat movie has just hit cinemas and HBO Max this past Friday (April 23, 2021) and it is a hit. 

*SPOILERS*

Characters

Overall, I really enjoyed the characters in this movie. In all honesty, I truly believe that this movie had the perfect casting. All the actors embody the characters in the video games and I really enjoyed it. My personal favorites were Kano, Sonya, Scorpion, and mostly Sub Zero. For costumes I think most of them were all stunning, especially the two ninjas (Scorpion and Sub Zero) and Kung Lao. New character Cole Young was a surprise to me, because at first I did not want any new character to the series and for them to  also be the protagonist of the story. However,  I really enjoyed him and what he brought to the story. Overall, I rate the characters 9/10.

Movie Pacing

I think with the time the movie had, it got the point across and had great storytelling. However, that an hour and forty five minutes was not enough time to expand on characterization. The pacing of the main plot was great, but I wanted more in-depth characterization of characters who usually have the main spotlight but were sidelined in the movie. Characters like Mileena are what I was concerned about because in the movie, she was really misused and it did not truly show how feral and insane she is. Overall, the story was told in a great way. I just wish there was a little more, I would rate this 8/10.

Story Telling

The plot of the movie stays true to its original video game story with a few twists and turns. The story is centered around an ancient tournament that is fought by different champions from different realms. The point of the tournament is to control all realms from growing too powerful. In the movie, we follow a group of Earthrealm champions (Jax, Sonya, Kano, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, and Cole Young). Throughout the story, they are often ambushed and cheated in the tournament by foes (Sub Zero, Mileena, Kabal, Reiko, Nitara, Reptile, and evil sorcerer Shang Tsung). By the end of the story, the heroes prevail and win their fight against the outworld. I would rate the storytelling 9/10.

Cinematography 

The cinematography in this movie is beautiful, from the scenery to graphics. It makes it feel like I am in the world of Mortal Kombat and I love it! All the characters’ powers in the movie are so extravagant and there is a twist on how they have powers and it is a genius idea. 10/10. 

MK (1995) vs MK (2021)

In the 90s when the first ever Mortal Kombat game was released, it was immensely popular, it was so popular that a live action was made based off the movie in 1995. This movie, in my opinion, set the standard for what a video game movie should be. For nostalgia purposes I would rank MK (95) higher than MK (21) for a few reasons. First, Cary Tagawa; his performance as Shang Tsung was amazing and he was my favorite character because of how sinister he was. Secondly the character design was flawless especially for a 90s sci-fi movie. The graphics were not all there but they were still pretty good. 

“I really liked the little nods the movie made to the original video games,” senior Dominick Peralta said. “They showed all the bloody and classic fatalities that I absolutely fell in love with when it came to the MK games.” 

“I loved the fight choreography,” junior Levi Taylor said. “It’s pretty on point in some areas however the movie was very plot contrived, the pacing was way too fast and there was way too much exposition. Basic review 6/10, good for just a movie with cool fight scenes.” 

I was underwhelmed by the main character, not because of him, but because he was not an established character in the games,” teacher Caitlin Schmidt said. “It is hard to root for someone in a franchise when no one knows who they are. Kano was my favorite, mainly because he was the only one who seemed to be having any fun. He honestly was a big part of why I made it all the way through the movie. I really liked the way the characters were designed, a lot fit the old game with some modern twists.”