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Its debut in nineteen ninety-two mortal kombat has become one of the best. Selling video game franchises ever spawning eighteen games and three feature films when it comes to the first two movies fans have very strong mostly negative thoughts about them but now twenty six years after the first movie. Mortal kombat is back. The latest film broke box office records with the biggest opening weekend of any r. Rated movies since the start of the pandemic and for this month's edition of the one movie club. We're talking about it. So consider this your spoiler warning. We're joined by dave schilling. He's the co host of the galaxy. Brains podcast from polygon. Dave welcome thanks for having me. Also with us is gita jackson. She's a staff writer at motherboard from vice and the co host of waypoint radio. Welcome back to the show gita. Thanks for having me and with us. Karen han a staff writer at slate. Karen welcome hi. Thank you so much. I'm so excited to get into mortal combat with you guys. Keep it nonviolent. I'm kidding okay. So you you wrote a review of the new mortal kombat movie for slate. The title is the new mortal kombat movie rule. So i feel like i know the answer. Is there but tell us what you thought of the movie. I mean i had so much fun with it. I was talking to a few friends and we are wondering. Do we like this movie so much like because movie going. The pandemic has been kind of such a lackluster year. Or is it just because this movie is genuinely fun I tend to think the answer to that. Question is the ladder It just does a good job of delivering. Exactly what it's supposed to. Which is a bunch of guys fighting like that is all that immortal combat movie has to do and it absolutely accomplishes that dave what about you. Oh boy well i mean. I'm going to disagree slightly. I did enjoy the movie. But it didn't offer the one thing every mortal kombat story supposed to offer and that is the mortal kombat tournament folks. Not having the tournament is sort of like star wars not having a war in space in it. So were you immortal combat fan before this absolutely yes i mean i am a certain age to have been entrenched by the video games the movies the whole mythology the universe of it so yeah i was kind of expecting turn on a movie called mortal kombat there will be a mortal kombat tournament and yet here we are in this non mortal kombat tournament world. And i'm very perplexed. Voicemail from will in north carolina. I saw the new mortal kombat movie. And i really liked it. I say this of course the guy who hasn't really played a lot of it. I i have very little knowledge so some people here are the main character was bad. I thought you know this guy doesn't know anything about mortal combat. I don't know anything about mortal combat the same level. The fights were awesome. Music was nice. A good blend of pleasing the fans and having enough There to to have the general public understand it. Okay i want to hear your take. Do you think this was a good movie or was it. Good for mortal kombat movie. I watched last night. And i have to say not only did i really have a great time with it. It made me really urine for the experience of seeing a movie in a theater with other people. There's so many moving moments in this movie that are clearly built like you can really tell. I think it really takes seeing it outside of a movie theater being alone to see how blockbuster action movies are built differently from other films you can see. The film is paced towards these intense moments of celebration where everyone in. The room is going to have a vocal reaction. There are so many points where me and my partner returned to each other and just like. I wish we could hear everyone cheering during this moment. But not only that. I felt like there's actually an article up on waypoint today by cameron councilman that goes into the plot of the mortal kombat games. And how this movie actually reflects the expansiveness of the law or more accurately than reach doing a retread of the first original ninety five movie that cover the tournament arc. In fact he knows. Cameron says news article which i read this morning and i think is pretty informative that a lot of the recent games. Don't actually have a terminator at all turn. Art is orthogonal fell to the actually important. Lor things that are happening. This feels like this movie feels like it. Not only is a wonderful action movie. That's a lot of fun that i wish. I could see with a lot of people in a big room on a hot sunny day but like it reflects the reality of what mortal kombat has become in the intervening years. since release. well steven tweets. I have been a mortal kombat fan since i spent. What must have been over two hundred dollars. Mastering sonya blade and ninety two. I really enjoyed the new movie love mythology and the way they explained the character's energy power. It was ridiculous. But then i'm reminded that it is mortal combat after all what you expect and we sat down with mortal kombat director and producer. Simon mccoy ahead of this show and asked him about the decision to introduce a new main character for the film. And here's what he had to say. There were a couple of reasons. Actually the festively mortal combat over at last several decades of its existence have new characters all the time it's become one of the things is ideal characters now and so there's place them. we felt. It was okay to do that. It was kind of a mortal combat thing to two and then the other reason is we need a first set of is inside the movie to take the audiences true. It might not be that. I've with all the information in mortal kombat of which there's a law so that that was the reason the mine reasons actually and He as he learned the audience loans and allowed us to to unlock and up and up. Some of the information that we needed to dave. What did you think about the introduction of this new main character cole. Young well. I i agree with simon about the need to have someone who can express the audience befuddled any given point in in a film like this. I think that's kind of a common trope in genre filmmaking. Which is every once in a while character needs to say what exactly is going on right now. Who who is that. Why is that happening. How come just glowing that kind of stuff. So it is a pivotal screenwriting trope in a lot of these movies. Going all the way back to you again. Just a reference star wars like mortal kombat has a lot in common with star. Wars is star wars has multiple point of view characters. That ask those questions. If it's luke if it's hans solo and then you know in the in the sequel trilogy having ray and finn asking questions all the time like that's important for these mythology heavy films..

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