I had a little double feature of the Mortal Kombat movies this weekend, both the 1995 original and the 2021 remake just released on HBO Max. Made for a pretty fun Friday night!
While it was great to see the story brought to life with modern special effects, I still think the original better embodies the spirit of the video game overall. Maybe I’m just tired of seeing the Marvel-ization of yet another franchise stocked with the same formulaic plot devices, but I also think some of the energy and insanity of the original was lost. At times it even seemed…slow? For a Mortal Kombat movie??!
Anyways it was still a good time, and I figured it was a great chance to highlight some Mortal Kombat art from Gian Galang, an artist whose work is never lacking in energy and who I think expertly captures the raw excitement of the franchise, as well as those many afternoons spent frantically mashing buttons until hearing, in a frenzy of triumph, those two booming words: FINISH HIM.
For more of Gian Galang’s work, check out his website: https://giangalang.com/Home or follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giangalang
Plastic Cell x Mortal Kombat: https://plasticcell.com/pages/mortal-kombat-1