Now the concept of an R rated animated Mortal Kombat film is by no means a bad idea, I think the execution of it is performed very very well here. However, I'm more split on the plot elements. The story is sort of a hybrid of a Scorpion origin/standalone film mixed with the 1995 movie, and I genuinely wasn't expecting that. I fully anticipated a pure Scorpion movie, and while I don't need to fully know who Scorpion was before he was killed and returned as a specter I don't mind the story given with Hanzo and his family being killed and it's his quest for revenge that brought him back to life. That's cool, that could so easily be a film in and of itself, you get the backstory, you see him battle his way out of hell, craft his new persona, and seek vengeance on Sub-Zero. Beautiful, perfect! But then we just do the 95' movie again, with some variation of course, but I feel it was almost entirely unneccesary. Now if you wanted the original movie to have the ludicrous amounts of gore of the modern games then you are going to adore this movie. The blood is almost comical in it's absurd cartoony fashion, and the x-ray bits are clearly for the demographic who plays the new games, it's without a doubt the Mortal Kombat film for this generation. But every other aspect besides plot is really good, the animation is clean with a few good nods to anime thrown in, the voice cast is super good, music once more is decent, it really is just the nitty gritty details of the story that I'm not all for. Including one, I swear to God, it really made zero sense whatsoever and I feel was there just for the sake of a twist. It is beyond stupid, it almost makes me long for the plot points of Annihilation. Now granted those plot points were bullshit, but for the movie they were contained in it worked. Here, what the actual f*** were you on? I will say this however, in just one week I have garnered so much appreciation for Sonya than in 26 years of living, I'm serious once again she comes out as the best character for me. Which is odd because, not that I ever disliked Sonya, but my mains in the few games I played from most favorite was, Baraka, Reptile, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Noob Saibot if he was unlocked. I'm not even touching on Annihilation with how they handled Baraka. Look at how they massacred my boy. But we're in a happy place now, a gruesome, bloody, action packed, f***ed up happy place. So I would have to give this movie 3 stars, 7/10, not what I expected but neither was I disappointed. So I hope this week appeased my viewers and the elder gods, and tomorrow we wrap it all up with the new movie.
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