Warner Bros.’ new Mortal Kombat movie exceeded expectations at the box office, but critics weren’t as thrilled with it.
While it’s still impossible to watch in the UK, Mortal Kombat is now out in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US. And it’s reportedly been very successful, as least financially.
According to Deadline, it made $22.5 million (nearly £16.2 million) at the box office across its opening weekend, which has exceeded Warner Bros.’ own expectations.
Funnily enough, that’s almost as much as the original 1995 movie made during its opening weekend: $23.2 million (nearly £16.7 million). It’s less than Godzilla Vs. Kong, the current king of post-lockdown films, but the most so far for a mature-rated film.
Critically speaking, however, it appears the movie has performed rather poorly, receiving mixed or negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds an average rating of 55%.
Of the 182 critic reviews, the majority did give the movie a Fresh rating, with some praising it for its action and how it adapts the franchise it’s based on.
‘Though lacking the kitschy charms of the 1995 movie, this slick, ultra-bloody reboot should deliver enough stylish mayhem to satisfy fans of the series,’ writes Flickering Myth, giving it a decent score of 3/5.
IGN even gave it a 7/10, saying ‘It finds its footing in the second half and delivers a gleefully cheesy and entertaining take on one of gaming’s most historic franchises and a solid starting point for future films.’
Others were far less kind. Bleeding Cool, for example, points out that despite the original games possessing a rather ridiculous (albeit enjoyable) mythology, the movie takes itself far too seriously, giving it a 3.5/10.
The Guardian was even harsher, scoring it 2/5 and labelling it ‘a late-night drunk watch at best’ and suggesting that it would have benefitted from ‘a sharper sense of humour, a more coherent script, some tighter editing, [and] less techno music.’
The common consensus seems to be that at least die hard fans of the games may enjoy it, something that appears to be reflected by Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score. At the time of writing, it sits at 87%.
Unfortunately, we can’t give our own two cents since the movie is completely unavailable in the UK. A theatrical release date has yet to be shared and there’s also no sign of HBO Max being made available in the UK either.
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