Okay, I'm "that guy"! I'm a 100%, pure Mortal Kombat mark. If Its a MK IP Property, I'm probably going to watch it and going to love it. I'm a Mortal Kombat Annihilation fan. So yeah, when it comes to this type of entertainment, I'm a a sucker for all things Mortal Kombat.
So, when I heard a few years ago that Mortal Kombat was getting ready for a reboot, I started following it all. Every piece of news, casting announcements, and set photos, I was one of the first people to find out. Thanks 3C Films!
So when the time came for me to finally watch the reboot, I was there. I even got an early release copy. Let me start by throwing this out there that this movie was great. Now let me define "great."
HOW GOOD IS THE MOVIE?
If you are a Mortal Kombat mark like myself, and you know all of the mythology, the lore, lines, and backstory, this movie is literal perfection. This was the movie we all dreamed of. This movie delivers in spades with the "carnage candy" (I totally stole Cody Leach's line). There's tons of violence and blood, and that is what we all wanted from the earlier films. Make no mistake about it. This movie is meant for legacy fans. Its a love letter to us from the producers who is obviously a fan. Because the things within this movie, only a true fan could replicate.
For the casual movie goer, who may or may not know anything about Mortal Kombat, this movie is still pretty good. No, they aren't going to get every little detail that's packed in this movie, but they will have a good time. Because Mortalk Kombat is still a martial arts movie. Sure it has its magical themes and mystical backstories, but none of that takes away from the things that makes a movie. Its a very entertaining film.
Is the movie perfect? No. There are some things in this movie that hits. There are some things that misses. I'm not too sure Raiden was perfectly utilized. I can't say he was or wasn't because while he does give advice like he does in the source material, Raiden doesn't truly establish himself as a guy not to be messed with. That is something the 1995 version got correct. Raiden was feared. I never got the idea that anyone feared Raiden. Certainly, no one respected him, outside of Liu Kang and Kung Lao.
They should've added more characters because letting Kung Lao die in the first installment really cripples the next movie. I have a great idea why they probably did it but, its better to not cast him if he's going to die right away.
Viewers should understand that this movie is a prequel. The Mortal Kombat tournament hasn't even started yet by the end of the movie. How do I know that? Goro is still the 9 time Mortal Kombat champion and Liu Kang hasn't yet ascended to be the Mortal Kombat Champion. That would explain the early death of Kung Lao. As a Mortal Kombat geek, I get that. I'm not sure the casual viewer or unlearned viewer would understand this.
KANO IS NOT DEAD!
Yes, we see Sonya shove something in his eye. But we have to remember, that when the Mortal Kombat Tournament starts, Kano is an integral part in this story. And with this movie being a prequel, Kano is going to somehow get the iconic metal plate. So if you watch this movie and are thinking, "Man they killed him off that early", guess again, because Kano should be back because he's only incapacitated, and not dead.
Speaking of Kano, he is the heart of this movie. He makes this movie worth it all. Imagine dropping Deadpool or Lobo in the middle of Mortal Kombat, you have this iteration of Kano. He respects no one and spends good portion of the movie giving everyone sick burns! Kano steals every single scene. By the way, Kabal is a fantastic character who shines in the limited action he's given.
GORO IS DEAD
Yeah, that is a problem I have with this movie. Why choose to kill Goro so early? And why use Cole Young, a new character to do it? No way Goro should have died this early on in the story. In case you are thinking, well maybe its not really Goro. No, that's Prince Goro. And its likely in a sequel we will see a Kintaro casting. But then that's messing with continuity there.
REFERENCES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
There are several references. The most notable one is the ending scene where Johnny Cage is expected to appear in a sequel. But keen observes will see Nightwolf, Kotal Khan, The Great Kung Lao (The ancestor of Kung Lao and first MK Earth realm champion), Kitana, and Shao Khan.
When I said that this movie is meant for the hardcore fans, I meant it. If you are a true fan, you would understand that playing the video game, one of the cheapest way to win against an opponent would be to constantly leg sweep throughout the entire fight. That happens when Kano is practicing with Liu Kang. It happens so much that Kano complains that, its the only move Liu knows how to do. I thought that was a sick meta moment.
Also, this movie really kisses the fans on the cheek when they allow Cole Young to utilize the infamous Mortal Kombat uppercut. This movie features that attack in here. Fans of the game would be like, "No way, they put the uppercut in it!"
All of the characters are introduced, so you know exactly who each one is. Kano is so meta in this movie, he kills Reptile by doing his video game fatality and ripping his heart out. To up the moment even further, he says, "Kano wins." If you are a fan, you cannot tell me that didn't bring back nostalgia.
And if you were really paying attention (not just to Mileena, because ole girl's thicc), you would realize that Ed Boon and John Tobias (two of MK's creators) is sneaked in the film. How? Jax mentions that Cole Young defeated a dude named, "Eddie Tobias". For us marks out there, we totally caught that.
And not to be left out, did the opening scene seem a bit too familiar? I don't mean because you saw it a few days ago dropped on YouTube. No, I mean that it is almost shot for shot the Scorpion origin story from Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge. Is it not?
As you can see, I had a ton of fun with the movie. What about you? Tell us below in the comments. Did we miss something?