This past weekend a live action adaptation of Mortal Kombat debuted on HBOMax. Unfortunately, MK 2021 failed to deliver any violent action spectacle in favor of character relationships that are mediocre at best.
However, there is another Mortal Kombat film streaming on HBOMax that I would highly recommend. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge does justice to the characters, boasts violent action worthy of the game, and provides a story that’ll entertain even a casual fan.
The animated film has painterly backgrounds reminiscent of a woodblock print contrasting with slick comic book-styled character designs. The animation becomes more abstract and impressionistic during the unflinchingly brutal fatalities. Overall, I believe that animation is the best medium for video game adaptations. I enjoyed Scorpion’s Revenge so much that I’d be down for another movie set in this universe.