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Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Four Grave Lessons to help you Navigate Life

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Some names have attained universal recognition and status, names like Coca-Cola, Michael Jackson, Jesus Christ, and Mortal Kombat (yes, I said it!!). This versus game has been a big hit and brand for years, It’s a one size fits all game as one doesn’t even have to be a staunch gamer to really get involved and fall in love completely. Also, the franchise has in time past released subsequent movies that had an impact on kids and youths of the era, movies that have had many adaptations through the years. 

With much built-up anticipation in 2021, fans anxiously waiting for the current version of the Mortal Kombat mythos. Now the deal is here! Did it miss the mark or outshined the expectation of fans? 

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Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Four Grave Lessons to help you Navigate Life

Directed by Simon McQuoid, and produced by James Wan, Todd Garner, Simon McQuoid, and Lawrence Kasanoff, the movie starts off showcasing the beauty of Japan in a contagious tranquil visual. One could smell the culture of Japan even without experiencing it first hand and yeah as a fan, knowing what I subscribed for, it was only a matter of time before the action began.

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No matter what your thoughts or feelings towards the Mortal Kombat 2021 released movie (to those who’ve seen it already), I would like to make clear that this review aims to take a human angle in interpreting Greg Russo’s and Dave Callaham’s screenplay. Yeah yeah, I’ve read pungent remarks on the internet that the movie didn’t cut it for fans, as a fan I wasn’t entirely pleased too but how about we flip the script in analyzing it from a much more human perspective. How much of YOU or real-life situation is mirrored in the scenes or any of the character’s storyline?

Cold War:

Any fan of the Mortal Kombat franchise is surely familiar with the cold war between Scorpion and Subzero. However, this 2021 release takes a shift off the major protagonists we know and love (Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Kitana), to focus on this rivalry.  Now let’s analyze this cold war strategy; there is a saying “the best defense is a good offense.” It may seem underhanded, but if you want something bad enough, you don’t have to tell anyone. The speed and lack of hesitation in your choices and actions will speak volume. Subzero perfectly embodies this through his cold-blooded nature (all puns intended). The ice-cold assassin strikes hard and fast, contrary to the heroes Jax and Cole Young who are stumbling their way through.

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If you were in a position to hire labor, which would you pick, people who are trying to figure things out or people that know what is at stake and wasted no time in executing tasks? Hence the reason 2-3 years of work experience is usually the core for employment. The first meeting between Raiden’s earth realm defenders and Shang Tsung’s Outworld team shows how world’s apart the both are in preparedness and conviction.

Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Four Grave Lessons to help you Navigate Life

The Wait:

Patience they say is the gift of the gods; this is best embodied in Sonya Blade’s character. Eager to prove herself to everyone, especially herself, she does not relent or leave when she is told she lacks the mark, and having no Arcana makes her a liability. She patiently waits till a slot opens up, which she gleefully takes. She doesn’t let pride blind her when she is sidelined even though all evidence points to her as the most capable in the teach. In relating to life, most of us tend allow our talents to cloud our reasoning. Yeah sometimes it’ll be too evident that you’re even more talented than your master/boss or people on your team, however, the best approach is not to behave rashly or proud, but remain humble while working for them.

Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Four Grave Lessons to help you Navigate Life

Learn To Question The Humor:

There’s a saying, “fear funny people”,  they will have you more focused at laughing at their jokes and oblivious to  their hidden intent. There’s something about being funny that makes people excuse you for some nasty or bad traits, but it’s all fun and games until the scales fall off. Kano is a sterling example; in all honesty, he is a toxic and arrogant individual, full of himself but he is one of the people most loved when he appears on the screen. Throughout the movie he overestimates his abilities due to his bloated ego and idea of himself. He is fearless which if analyzed well could be actual stupidity as a complete lack of fear does not let you exercise caution at adequate points when needed, especially as one who overestimates his skillset. Despite schoolings from Sonya and Liu Kang, Kano still sees himself as the baddest man alive and when he strike his evils, it wasn’t funny.

Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Four Grave Lessons to help you Navigate Life
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Idle God Syndrome: 

Despite the presence of a god, Lord Raiden, on the earth realm’s side, the characters still fight for their fate. This lesson is prevalent to this day, man is the controller of his fate. Waiting for a divine helper will most times have you waiting while life happens all around you. Earth realm defenders were told to test their might to unlock their arcana during training with Liu Kang and Kung Lao. The same goes for life, to unlock any expertise or knowledge/skill you need to stretch yourself from constant practice and exercise, work hard to show yourself approved rather than wait for magical manna from heaven. Man is designed to push his limits and boundaries, yes pain is usually involved but it turns out worse when we do not challenge ourselves. We end up never having confidence and trusting ourselves when the situation counts for it. Cole, a descendant of Scorpion goes through this process, running away from who he needed to be until he had no choice but to either accept it or be a victim of fate.

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Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Four Grave Lessons to help you Navigate Life

The 2021 edition of Mortal Kombat in analyzing the scenes and characters from a didactic life angle makes the movie worth the watch. But If you’re bent on spotting the glitches and big errors, it’s most likely going to leave a sour taste in your mouth.

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If you’ve watched the movie, I’ll like to ask what lessons you learned from it. And if you haven’t, which of these lessons resonates with you? Also, you’ll agree I tried hard not to give any spoilers but lol. Let’s talk in the comment section😅👇. 

 

 

 

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muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago

Our Movie Reviews vertical had been deficient in contents for a long time and that’s because I haven’t watched a movie in a while and people hardly send reviews except I request. Thankfully my good friend Seyi came through on this one😁. I should have informed you all to watch before hand with a link to download but getting the review and editing to look the part was so last minute🥺. However because of the nature of movie reviews on Muttering Minds, that pitches lessons over spoilers, I’m most certain even though you haven’t watched the movie, you’ll relate (I… Read more »

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Henry
Henry
5 months ago

I have not yet seen this new release but I am quite sure that the animated Mortal Combat is far more better than whatsoever they might have put up in this current movie.

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Henry

O yeah🤔 I must see the animated version then 😄

Fatty
Fatty
5 months ago

Mortal Kombat is the only game I can play 😂😂😂😂, I just need to press rubbish on the pad. I enjoy the game but haven’t watched the movie. However the best lesson for me in this review is Idle God ish. Sometimes I wish I could really hear God speak and I ask him “baba which way” 😂😂

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatty

😂😂😂😂 like nigga talk to me plixxxxx… we all wish for that though but it is what it is. Although some staunch Christians often say they hear from God and stuff. Maybe you need to get on a spiritual gear to access this privilege lol 🤭

Fatty
Fatty
5 months ago

Maybe they do but I’ve never heard although sometimes when my mind speaks it feela like God talking. Dunno id this makes sense

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatty

It’s all in the mind, not like you hear an actual voice lol 😂😂

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatty

😂😂😂 they say you are a reflection of God and your conscience is the still voice, but we all get that voice that talk to us sha. Not the negative one that makes us doubt our actions at every turn o, the other quieter brother. Because las las all na still our voice

Bobby
Bobby
5 months ago

Omo the write up is mad 🔥 tho couldn’t carry me all the way to unsee the scrap I saw in that movie. I swear I’d not seen the reviews before I saw the movie, I just heard it finally dropped from a friend on whatsapp then I rushed to download. I saw the animated version released 2020 “scorpion’s revenge” the first time I tried to download because someone gave me false info it already dropped and trust me it was crazzzzzy, if you’ve not seen it, you should seriously check it out. So here I am watching a 2021… Read more »

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Bobby

😂😂😂😂 @there’s no saving lol. Many fans are aggrieved though, and I understand why. Heaped up anticipation especially with the reputation of the franchise, one will expect no falling hands lol.

About the animation, I haven’t watched. I should give it a try, maybe it’ll help erase the almost poor remarks I have for this one in my memory lol😃

Thank you Bobby❣

Bobby
Bobby
5 months ago

Lol Uju please add an edit button so I can correct my typo next time 😁 Ah but that animation, story, action and delivery on point, I’m not even hyping right now, there was true chaos 😁😁, and that one had a true message and lesson to give. You don’t even need to look so hard to get the message. I didn’t get the message on the this one trust me, it wasn’t that deep, Maybe analyzing each character individually would make it make some sense but there was no true link between all the characters, everybody just solo Dey… Read more »

muttering minds
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5 months ago
Reply to  Bobby

😂😂😂 this edit button has done me dirty. It acts like magic, sometimes people tell me they can edit, other times they say the button has suddenly disappeared 😭😭. I’ll talk to the website guy, thank you.

Between the animation is a must watch then 😃👌🏿

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
5 months ago
Reply to  Bobby

😂 i feel there was no enough development for the characters, but they nailed the action scenes. The first one from i think the 90s though was perfect

Bobby
Bobby
5 months ago
Reply to  Seyi Vandy

Lol I really don’t want to come off like I’m hating or something because I’m really not but if we’re being honest Seyi, any franchise with a good budget can pull off those kind of action scenes, even better.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
5 months ago
Reply to  Bobby

😂😂

Kush
Kush
5 months ago

This is the first review I’ll read here. It’s captivating, and I will be watching the movie.

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Kush

😄😄😄 thank you. More to come 👌🏿

Chike
Chike
5 months ago

Na wa o, I was so upset watching this I didn’t think there was any lesson to learn. Last last they fuck up. But this is not a bad review, at least someone sees something good about it.

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Chike

😂😂😂😂 all of you are funny. See this review as the silver lining lol

Nkechi
Nkechi
5 months ago

I really want to watch this movie wohhhhh 😭😭😭 in cinema oh not my phone gan sef I’m such a die hard fan of the franchise,I play the video game like it’s my last chance! Sweet something 🥰

muttering minds
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Nkechi

😆😅😆 I can imagine watching on the big screens too, gonna be epic. I loveeeee playing MK, even though I do press your luck with the keys 🤣🤣🤣

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