Philanthropist & Asshole
I think the overall issue is something that is unavoidable in any MK film at this point:@Swindle
Well, I have to disagree about 2021 film being more well-rounded and handling the characters better. I'd say the only charcater that was clearly handled better was Hanzo/Scorpion. Other than Hanzo/Scorpion, pretty much all other characters feel shallow to me and, except for Kano, don't really have much personality. Sub-Zero has a better costume and way more screen time than in 1995, but he is not any deeper as a character. Actually, there are a couple of things that really bug me this time about Bi Han/Sub-Zero:
If he killed Hanzo in 17th century, how is still alive in modern time?
Why is he showing up as Bi Han in the first part of the film, but later on wears a mask and calls himself Sub-Zero even though he had ice powers from the very start?
Why is he even working for Shang if we know he is from Earthrealm? This makes him the same as in '95, he's just another bad guy with no depth, just more screen time.
While I don't mind Cole, I think this movie could have been much better without him as more time could have been given to provide more info/background on other characters. Also, the problem with Cole as a sort of ''lead hero'' to me is that:
He pretty much serves as a tool to bring back Scorpion in action later on. Speaking of that, if Hanzo was presented as a loving family guy at the beginning of the film, why did he even end up in Hell? I don't think this was explained in the film.
Too many characters. It just isn’t feasible to dedicate enough screen and story time in one movie to flesh these characters out to the degree that 25 years of lore has. Some characters are going to get the broad strokes, and I feel this film accomplished that better than the others. Each character was much more true to their video game nature, and even when questions weren’t answered, they still felt complete in this universe (with one or two exceptions).
I can personally never be on board with how the 95 film treated Scorpion/Sub Zero.
I’ve only seen this movie once, but I honestly don’t see how they could have expanded anything further and still kept it to a reasonable theatrical run time