MORTAL KOMBAT LEGENDS: BATTLE OF THE REALMS (2021) Reviews of new animated movie

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is a 2021 American animated action film from Warner Bros. It is a follow-up to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge (2020).

Ethan Spaulding (Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie IslandJustice League: Throne of AtlantisBatman: Assault on ArkhamScooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur) returns as director as does screenwriter Jeremy Adams (Lego DC Batman: Family MattersLego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis).

The voice cast for the Warner Bros. Animation production comprises reunites much of the Scorpion’s Revenge team, including actors Joel McHale asJohnny Cage, Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade, Jordan Rodrigues as Liu Kang, Patrick Seitz as Scorpion & Hanzo Hasashi, Artt Butler as Shang Tsung & Cyrax, Robin Atkin Downes as Shinnok & Reiko, Dave B. Mitchell as Raiden, Kintaro & Sektor; Ikè Amadi as Jax Briggs & One Being; Grey Griffin as Kitana, Satoshi Hasashi & Mileena; and Fred Tatasciore as Shao Kahn.

New cast members include Matthew Mercer as Stryker & Smoke; Bayardo De Murguia as Sub-Zero/Kuai Liang; Matt Yang King as Kung Lao; Paul Nakauchi as Lin Kuei Grandmaster; Emily O’Brien as Jade; and Debra Wilson as D’Vorah.


“What I think was crafted perfectly with this movie is the way it understands how it can push boundaries you can’t in live-action and it embraces that as much as possible. This is an animated movie that knows exactly what it is and without the shackles of trying to be something it’s not, it is able to deliver a very entertaining movie for an adult audience.” Caffeinated Critique

“When you are watching a Mortal Kombat movie or playing one of the video games, sure, you probably care about the story but the thing you want to see the most is the gory and over-the-top fights and this film delivers and then some. There’s a handful of sequences like that here peppered throughout which are all fun to watch, but I am glad they actually made an entertaining story first.” Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews

“As its predecessor did, Battle of the Realms builds on the signature style of after school animation Warner Brothers popularized at the turn of this century. Then that paint gets primed with modern maturity to create a bridge between semi-realistic martial arts action and savagely fun fantasy violence.” Culture Crypt

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is an exciting and enjoyable feature that appears to have been designed just for Mortal Kombat fans. The film’s main characters have beautiful moments and development, while others suffer from the crucial decisions not having as much depth to them. With its choreography and extremely gory battles, the action and animation make up for any lack of plot material.” Fiction Horizon

” …an exciting and fun feature that feels tailor-made for Mortal Kombat fans. The core characters the film focuses on get good moments and development, though others suffer in regard to the big choices they make not getting as much depth to them. The action and animation make up for any lacking story content with its choreography and violently bloody fights while the whole voice cast do well together and add to the fun.” Flickering Myth

“Taking cues from the contemporary games, Battle of the Realms includes plenty of x-ray style closeups of shattering skulls and spines. Surprisingly it really ups the ante when it comes to violence. Whilst I do hope for more storytelling in this world, it’s important to point out that Battle of the Realms does feature a fully realised story. There are defined beginning, middle and endpoints.” Get Your Comic On

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms rarely lets up on the action for more than a few minutes. While the lack of dialogue and exposition adds to the confusion, it also means there are as many fights as possible. And as befits a game franchise known for its violence they are brutal.” Voices from the Balcony


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