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Mortal Kombat Makes A Return To Film With Scorpion’s Revenge (2020). Was It Worth It? – A Revenge

Release Date: April 14


I fondly remember the Mortal kombat movies from the ’90s, the animated series and games on consoles, but I never realized how much I missed this property until I saw ‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge’.

The story is the same one we’ve heard a thousand times now – it’s a war between Outworld and Earthrealm. The earth runs the risk of being taken over by the Outworld-ians if it loses one more Mortal Kombat tournament to make 10. It’s up to Team Raiden -Sonya Blade, Lui Kang and Johnny Cage- to ensure that never happens. The twist, this time, though, is that what I just described is the subplot of this movie.

‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge’, as you might’ve guess now, is actually about Scorpion, his tragic backstory, and his quest for revenge. The tournament is just a side attraction he attends to satisfy Quan Chi’s cravings, who (SPOILER alert!) was the one that a actually killed his wife and child.

Quan chi fights Scorpion

I know we’ve seen this twist many times, but I thought it worked well for this one. And there’s enough gore and brutality to keep fans of the material highly entertained.

The movie is fast-paced, the run time is roughly 80 minutes and it covers a lot.

Popular characters (like Reptile and Sub-Zero) from the property’s history are killed in a jiffy. Some others (like Jax) have a new origin story woven for them. And some others (like Johnny Cage) suddenly know karate when Push comes to shove. One other thing I didn’t like was that it didn’t feature the classic Mortal Kombat tune (I feel like I’m missing something, so if you know what it is help me out here).

Liu Kang, Sonya and Johnny Cage

We get a glimpse of this movie’s self-awareness, a nod to present-day, real-life movement, when Sonya hits Johnny Cage in the nut (twice) warning him not to touch her without her permission, a mistake he doesn’t make the third time ’cause , you know, third times a chance and he could lose his balls for good.

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The Lion King: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Scar Is Just As Menacing As Jeremy Iron’s

Disney in all its glory and wisdom saw fit to give The Lion King, one of its most beloved animated classics the live-action treatment. And in its magnanimity, the mouse house retained most elements of the original, which I thought and still believe was the right move. Let’s be honest, The Lion King isn’t like Aladdin, you can’t just usurp the emotional impact of Mufasa’s death for cheap thrills or retcon Timon and Pumbaa meeting and raising Simba for the sake of having a twist, and not expect the whole world to riot. Not all intellectual properties are created equal, we made our peace with that a long time ago.

Save for James Earl Jones, the cast of The Lion King is entirely new. It’s no shocker why director Jon Favreau decided to bring back JEJ: his voice is surreal, mysterious, yet soothing, and definitely one of the best in the industry. The decision to bring him back was welcomed by millions of fans all around the world and definitely aided in convincing some indifferent fans to go see the movie, which currently has $1.629B attached to its name at the box office.

The only casting decision to rival Mufasa’s was the announcement of 12 Years A Slave Star, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mufasa’s conniving younger brother Scar. The British-born actor of Nigerian descent had really big shoes to fill. Jeremy Iron had done such a good job with Scar in the animated movie a lot of diehard aficionados would’ve preferred Disney to give him the same treatment as James Early Jones, but if ever there was a shroud of doubt in them going into the movie, Ejiofor definitely slashed it the moment he made his first appearance, at least by half.

The scene with Mufasa in the cave is frightening, exciting, and riddled with nostalgia. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ability to capture and relate the essence of Scar’s being, fragile relationship and resentment of his big brother within few minutes of screen time is highly commendable. I found myself yelling “yeah, that’s my Scar!”

There have been complaints of Ejiofor’s voice not being menacing enough as Scar, but I think it’s just perfect. He puts his own spin to the character, coupled with the character’s distinct, more-realistic look, he owned the role, and that’s a win for me!

Sorry, Jeremy Irons, but Chiwetel Ejiofor’s my Scar now 😌.


Rinzy’s Rating of The Lion King (2019): 3.5/5

Directed By: Jon Favreau


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Rinzy Reviews ‘The Incredibles 2’ (2018)

Release Date: June 15, 2018.

Budget/ Box-Office: $200M/ $1.235B

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, et al.

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The Incredibles is one of the most popular animated properties in existence. And after a 14 years hiatus, there’s no slurring people’s appetite, evident from the numbers its sequel pulled in at the box office. 

The story follows the Parr family as they try to restore public’s trust in superheroes while balancing their family life, only to combat a new foe who seeks to turn the populace against all superheroes.

Whether it’s Papa Incredible’s quirky acts as he struggles with balancing life as a househusband while his wife is the new face of superheroism, or Mama Incredible unwittingly chasing after air in the guise of tracking down the Screenslaver, or their children -Violet, Dash and Jack Jack- battling issues of their age and superpowers, there’s no shortage of fun moments in this 118 minutes flick. 

The breakout star of the first movie was the extremely lovable last born of the Parrs, Jack Jack. All the sweet emotion I felt watching him then is magnified in this one. Jack Jack is the best. With all those powers at his disposal, he’s certainly growing up to become the G.O.A.T. 😍.

The Incredibles 2, just like its predecessor, is a fun movie more about family than it is about superheroism. It’s a fun ride that, in its own way, unabashedly preaches the sweet, ancient message – family above all – which is a much needed Gospel in this present time. Sequels seldomly live up to their predecessors; this one does, telling us Pixar did their homework right, and that the long wait was worth it.

PS: After Jack Jack, I love Dash next… He’s pleasantly silly. 😁

Directed by: Brad Bird

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation’ (2018)

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $80M/ $380.4M

Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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Though somewhat predictable, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A monster Vacation’ is a very fun movie, one that’ll leave you happier than you were before watching. 

Most probably the last entry in the franchise, this movie doesn’t shy away from what a cartoon should be – silly, but educative, as can be deduced from its main and subplots; like when Abraham Van Helsing finally learns to let go of his ancestors’ vendetta against Dracula and the other monsters, it preaches the lesson of tolerance, a sermon the world needs to hear more often.

 My favourite catchphrase from the first two movies ‘zing’ got used so much in this sequel it became an integral part of the larger plot, once more teaching the lesson one can fall in love more than once in a lifetime.

The voice talents were great, you don’t get distracted watching them speak while their characters move about. 

The movie’s totally enjoyable, if you haven’t seen it you should check it out now.

​Rinzy Reviews ‘Coco’ (2017)

Have you seen ‘Book of Life’? 📖 If your answer is ‘yes’ then you might have heard certain reports about certain similarities between it and ‘Coco’. Just a quick thing to point out though, similarities in themes doesn’t equate to same story, plot or movie. Now we can continue. 👍 

‘Coco’ is an amazing movie, wooo! ☺ Animations are rarely this good, sparingly do they get to me the way this one did. It is near-perfect, the story was wonderfully crafted, graphics’ awesome, characters’ very relatable, an overall awesome package 🎁: something nice in something light.

I think what I loved most about this movie is that Coco wasn’t the main character, but was pivotal to moving the story forward. Main-characters Hector and Miguel were well motivated to do what’s right. I loved the family tree twists.

If you’ve not watched this, I recommend it for you. 👍 Watch and tell me what you think. 

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Rinzy Reviews: The Boss Baby

Release Date: March 31, 2017.

Production company: Dream-Works Animation

Duration:97 mins

Budget: $125m

Box-Office: $486.8m

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi,  Tobey McGuire, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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Few babies can lay claim to what the titular star of this movie has done.

I dont know how right i am valling The Boss Baby an original idea. Based on a 2010 book of the same name, this movie achieves what it sets out to, i.e. to entertain.

The movie follows the plot of a baby who’s a secret agent in the secret war between babies and puppies.

A certain manufacturer of a fast selling puppy brand hope to make the perfect puppy that people give up in having babies for them. Talking about having babies, this movie makes us understand according to its Genesis 1:1 that, babies come from the sky, more appropriately, a place called Baby Corp. The main competition for this place that mirrors Heaven, is the earthly base of operation for Puppy co. The powers that be at Baby Corp send, The Boss Baby to investigate if Puppy co now has the secret to completing its task, but it actually is his visit that grants them the number one thing they want.

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The Boss Baby and his older brother, Alex.

All the twists and turns brings The Boss Baby and his big brother closer, so much that by the time the adventure ended,The Boss Baby was so unfulfilled that he gave up his life of management upstairs for a life with Alex, his brother on earth. Hope you now get my initial joke about heaven and earth?

The Boss Baby was an interesting watch. You should get good number of laughs warching this.

Supernatural to crossover with Scooby Doo in an animated episode

This is news. It’s not the kind of stuff we hear everyday. RR heard authoritatively that Supernatural intends to feature world famous detective squad in an animated episode next season of the elongated show. RR looks forward to the episode with so much anxiousness, more because of Scooby Doobi Doo!!!!