I also just watched it and I think it was fine. I would not watch it by myself again but maybe I would with some friends. It’s what I would call a party movie. You can put it on in the background of a party and anyone can just glance over at any time and go “huh that’s a cool fight”.
That said Cole Young is such a dumb character that did not need to exist. If they work him into the games I would be disappointed because he’s such a flat boring, unoriginal, individual who has incredibly lame abilities. What makes Mortal Kombat characters good is that they take what their gimmick is and just crank it to 11. Cole is the character no one would ever want to play unless they were just OP. They feel like the character that had to exist because someone in the studio said so or the movie wasn’t getting made. There did not need to be an audience stand in character because most of the main characters were about on the same level of knowledge about “Mortal Kombat”. His relation to Scorpion has 0 plot relevance other then for why Scorpion shows up to fight. That entire plot could have been swapped out for Johnny Cage getting dragged in from Hollywood as an example and nothing would have changed.
IDK how others feel but I wasn’t a fan of this version of Mileena? That character has always done the thing of taking the mask off to reveal their giant shark teeth mouth where as this one just looked like a human who could unhinge their jaw. They also do not feel sinister enough, Mileena in MK is just evil and has actual good dialogue. This Mileena had I think 2 lines? Also just not a fan of her costume, I think her being a shark mouth pink ninja is what sells her.
Also you get to make a Mortal Kombat movie and your choice for a character to put in is Reiko? I do not know how others feel but that is one the most bland characters in the entire franchise that when you go looking for lists of characters in the movie a lot of articles do not even mention him lol. I was also bummed he did not get thrown in the spike pit, you’re gonna show us the spike pit stage and not throw anyone into it feels like a tease.