Mortal Kombat 2021 fight breakdown video has Goro’s best moment

According to HBO Max’s brand-new behind-the-scenes video for Mortal Kombat, director Simon McQuoid had one objective for the motion picture: make the kombat grounded in truth so the battles felt genuine. What, Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 motion picture wasn’t genuine enough? Liu Kang wielded the component which brings life!

Early on in pre-production, McQuoid informed Kyle Gardiner and Chan Griffin: “I need you to do the things you always wanted to do in a movie and everyone tells you can’t do.” The outcome is a film that blends the superpowered methods of the video games with battling designs like Wing Chun. In the video, star Max Huang, who plays Kung Lao, explains the procedure of establishing his own relocations based upon recommendations he saw in the gameplay. Then you have Joe Taslim, who brings 15 years of experience combating on Indonesia’s nationwide judo group to Sub-Zero’s choreography. McQuoid was on to something.

The video is a fun peek into the process of staging cinematic throwdowns, but the best part is seeing how the director and his visual effects group had to rethink Goro to be a fully CG kombatant.

Goro as two guys in blue screen outfits fighting Cole Young

Image: HBO Max

As Paul W.S. Anderson told Polygon last year in our hourlong interview for the 25th anniversary of Mortal Kombat, his Goro was a “diva” animatronic that took hours to setup for each take. But the actual-sized model allowed Anderson to shoot over-the-shoulder shots like he would with any actor, lending a bit of reality to the action, while encumbering the momentum on the fights. Making a movie is full of sacrifices (just ask Mortal Kombat 2021 screenwriter Greg Russo).

For his new Mortal Kombat, McQuoid went with a fully CG Goro that would allow actor Lewis Tan’s Cole Young to demonstrate his physical skills against a monster twice his size. But who could play the towering foe in the early stages of the fight, before visual effects artists laid over the Goro suit? As Gardiner explains, the scene involved two of his stuntmen, one on stilts and the other on the stilt guy’s shoulders, just swinging at Tan like two kids in a trenchcoat sneaking into an R-rated movie. The scene is effective in the film, however the behind-the-scenes video is pure magic.

Mortal Kombat is out now in theaters and on HBO Max. Let’s hope Mortal Kombat 2 includes a blue-screened horse and a similarly spandexed rider to bring Motaro to life.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.