Win It Wednesday - Mortal Kombat! A Feature by Jennifer Rhodes & Melanie Newton with a Side Note from Dave Christy.
Finish Him! I’m sure you’ve heard this line on multiple occasions-- whether it be from the game or the movies. If you haven’t guessed it by now, yes I’m talking about "Mortal Kombat". No, not the games, though I very much enjoy playing them, I want to talk about the movie, with a little bit of the new one that just came out Friday in theaters and on HBO Max.
One thing I've already noticed that I like better with the new movie is the background history that they give you on the characters. I won’t say which ones because spoilers but this backstory was sorely needed especially for these two most recognizable Mortal Kombat characters. Don’t get me wrong. I liked the older version, but it was just missing a lot and watching the newer version that just came out, made me realize that.
If you’ve ever played the games or just watched the older movie you basically know the storyline. A bunch of humans become earth's heroes and have to fight in an all-out battle called Mortal Kombat. Don’t go into these movies thinking that it will be like the games because it won’t be. My advice is to keep them separate, like most adaptations. That way it won’t be so hard to enjoy. Doing so will also ensure that gaming fans will enjoy the movie for what it is. Now, though I like the newer version better, the old is still just as good for its time. Things change and so do movies. Oh, before I forget, an interesting fact about the actor who plays Sub-Zero in new film, they say his martial arts skills are right up there with legendary Bruce Lee. They actually had to ask him to slow down for the camera, now isn’t that interesting?
Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
Dave - (Side Note)
Jenn said everything perfectly. The only thing I'd add is slight R-rating warning. If you have an aversion to red, avoid the new movie. Like the games, the violence and bloodshed are used early and often. But really, you wouldn't expect anything less from Mortal Kombat. You need a few fatalities.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
MORTAL KOMBAT *starts singing techno music* ...... OK so I LOVED this game back in the day, and honestly, I would still play it now if I had a newer game system ... and the game! Greg and I both loved the original movie too so when we heard there was a sequel you know we had to watch it! Before I get to the movies though - in case you wondered what me singing techno music might sound like here's a clip from Sunday's Live where I do just that ......... and the ACTUAL game music for comparison!
So the 1995 movie is definitely cheesy, but that doesn't necessarily mean bad. The biggest problem it has is that it was edited to a "more acceptable" PG 13 version. For whatever crazy reason, known only to the movie studios, they thought their key demographic would be teenage boys whose parents wouldn't be taking them to an R-Rated movie. Total fail! One of the things about the game was the insane death scenes, to epic cries of "FINISH HIM" and of course "FATALITY". With a 13 rating there was no way to get in all the blood, the gore, and honestly all the violence I wanted to see. That being said it does have the game's iconic music, and it does feature the epic tournament, and for that alone I will applaud it.
Moving onto the new 2021 version, this is where I have to disagree with Jenn and Dave. I wasn't interested in the character backstories. When I used to play I was the kind of person that skipped all that stuff and just wanted to fight ..... and that's what I wanted in this movie - FIGHT SCENES! With that being said, when this version had them, they were epic. Blood and gore and everything that I would have LOVED to have seen in the earlier version. I feel it is important to note that this isn't a sequel. Whilst it does feature new characters, the main story is a different version of the stories of the well known characters from the 1995 version. The two big misses though were 1. The lack of the techno soundtrack (although it might only have been me and Greg that missed that lol), and 2. NO TOURNAMENT! Lots of talk about the epic tournament with the champions for Earth Realm, but no actual tournament itself, with the movie focusing more on the set up and various other fights.
Overall both movies work in their own way. For me Christopher Lambert stole the role of Lord Raiden giving the 1995 version a huge advantage, but the R Rated violence of the 2021 version was just a far better plan and felt more like the game I used to play.
Check out the trailers for both movies!
The new Mortal Kombat movie is in select theaters now and available for the next month with your HBO Max Subscription (which for one month is cheaper than a movie ticket ... Just saying .... lol
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Melanie's Muses will be giving away an "Mortal Kombat" featuring The Mortal Kombat DVD, from Dennifer Rhodes Christy, Spider Web Earrings from Vicky Pond, and random stickers and a Sin Eater Movie Card from Melanie's Muses Swag Hoard!
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