Don and Will Go Through a Less Enthusiastic Round of MORTAL KOMBAT in Cinephile Hissy Fit Episode 7

Photo courtesy Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema

Greetings Earth’s greatest champions! Will Johnson here to give you exciting details on Episode 7 of the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast (co-hosted by the inimitable Don Shanahan)! This week we fight for the soul… wait, this sounds familiar. Are we covering *sigh* 2021’s Mortal Kombat? Yes, we are. Don’s excited about it at least.

Believe it or not, Mortal Kombat is somewhat of a sensation. I went to the theater to see the film on opening day—yeah, an actual theater! You guys remember those?—and it was sold out throughout the night. So, like many others, I watched on HBO Max and was… not impressed. Don had much better things to say, which you can check out here. Needless to say, the love/hate alliances were set and we decided to continue the Kombat Koverage (don’t take that out editors!) by transitioning from the great 1995 original to this.

While we try not to do a direct comparison to the 1995 film, we can’t help but compare the new entry’s attempts at expanding mythology and lore to the seemingly effortless attempts in the first film. We also look at the characters; the good, the bad, the bleh, the obvious sequel set-up, and how Warners Bros. is succeeding (or not) with this theater-streaming deal.

Kano with a still beating heart

So, without further ado, enjoy this mortal kombaty episode of Cinephile Hissy Fit and, if you are so inclined, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! We are very responsive there and will gladly answer any of your questions. Yes, Will was wearing pants for this episode. No, he did not wear any while writing this. Cinephile Hissy Fit is a 25YL production and part of the Ruminations Radio Network!

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. For our seventh episode, 25YL film critics, surly dads, and professionally-developed school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan follow up their “double love” episode on 1995’s “Mortal Kombat” with a freshly slayed debate on the brand new “Mortal Kombat” for 2021.

Written by Will Johnson

Will is the author of the little-read books Secure Immaturity: A Nostalgia-Crushing Journey Through Film and Obsessive Compulsive: Poetry Formed From Chaos. Will is a film critic at 25YL but also specializes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the occasional horror review. Will loves his hometown Buccaneers and lives in Phoenix, AZ, USA with his two daughters.

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