The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review: Ikke så mye en film som det er en sjekkliste over videospillreferanser (2023)

Jeg er fullstendig klar over at jeg ikke er en del av hovedmålgruppen for Aaron Horvath og Michael JelenicSuper Mario Bros.-filmen. Selv om jeg er en tilfeldig fan av videospillet som den nye animerte funksjonen er basert på, er dette en film som er direkte rettet mot pre-tenåringer og barn, og det er en aldersgruppe som ikke kommer til å se den for historie utvikling og dens buer; de kommer til å se det for alle de vakre fargene og kjente karakterene. Barn kommer ikke til å bry seg om at det er en øvelse for å få plass til så mange franchisereferanser som mulig i en 92-minutters kjøretid, og de kommer ikke til å bry seg om at lydsporet er overveldende generisk fordi de ikke har sett de tusenvis av andre Hollywood-produksjoner som har brukt de samme sangene.

Super Mario Bros.-filmen

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review: Not So Much A Film As It Is A Checklist Of Video Game References (1)

Utgivelsesdato:5. april 2023
I regi av:Aaron Horvath og Michael Jelenic
Skrevet av:Matthew Fogel
Medvirkende:Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen og Fred Armisen
Vurdering:PG for handling og mild vold
Kjøretid:92 minutter

Jeg er veldig tydelig ikke en filmgjenger som siktes til med denne – men jeg er en profesjonell filmkritiker som har fått i oppdrag å anmeldeSuper Mario Bros.-filmenmed en subjektiv mening. Og i den egenskapen kan jeg si at jeg er sjokkert over hvor forferdelig denne innsatsen er: en ny kinofilm for Nintendo for en generasjon som ikke er gammel nok til å huske/vite om live-actionen fra 1993Super Mario Bros.Det er hyggelig å se på, med animatører som direkte oversetter den fantastiske estetikken til kildematerialet til den store skjermen, men den klarer ikke å utøve enda en oppfinnsom eller smart idé. I stedet fungerer den mer som en sjekkliste med nikk til spillene enn en narrativ funksjon.

I et forsøk på å lage en slags opprinnelseshistorie for franchisen, introduserer manusforfatteren Matthew Fogels manus Mario (Chris Pratt) og Luigi (Charlie Day) som søsken som bor i Brooklyn, New York, som nylig har sluttet i jobben for å starte sitt eget rørleggerfirma. De blir sett på som vitser og skuffelser av familie og venner, som motiverer dem til å prøve å bevise seg selv, og når de får vite om massive flom i området deres, prøver de å ta grep. Mens de er i kloakksystemet, ender de imidlertid opp med at de både blir sugd inn i et merkelig grønt rør og transportert gjennom Warp Zone – med Luigi som ender opp som fange av den erobringshungrige Bowser (Jack Black) og Mario som lander i det fantastiske Mushroom Kingdom .

Med hjelp av en liten, ny venn ved navn Toad (Keegan-Michael Key), søker Mario hjelp fra prinsesse Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) for å prøve å finne broren sin, og mens han gjør det blir han viklet inn i konflikten med Bowser – som veldig sakte er på vei til Mushroom Kingdom i håp om å vinne Peachs hjerte og imponere henne med sin besittelse av Superstjernen.

Super Mario Bros.-filmens liste over helter og skurker er endimensjonale og intetsigende.

Gitt at titler innenforMariofranchise har en tendens til å være mer fokusert på gåter og spill, filmskaperne bakSuper Mario Bros.-filmenabsolutt hadde arbeidet sitt for dem å prøve å utvikle en historie og karakterpersonligheter for funksjonen, men sluttresultatet viser ikke akkurat mye innsats, siden alt og alle er endimensjonale. Heltene og skurkene har hver et enkelt personlighetstrekk som de rir på hele tiden, og plottet gir null muligheter for noen av dem til å vokse eller forandre seg følelsesmessig. De mest forferdelige eksemplene på dette er prinsesse Peach som kaster "jomfru i nød"-personaen for ganske enkelt å bli en hyper-blid "sterk kvinnelig hovedrolle;" Seth Rogens Donkey Kong er ikke noe mer enn en ekkel bølle; og Bowser bruker en overraskende prosentandel av skjermtiden sin på å sitte ved et piano og surre om «Peaches», men det er et universelt problem.

Historien gir ingen mulighet for karakterene til å endre seg og være interessante fordi det ikke er en del av filmens privilegium. Det går ikke videre og setter opp scener for å utvikle en meningsfull historie fordi det er klart at det eksklusive målet er å finne måter å jamme på i forskjellige settstykker som minner om de forskjelligeMariospill: Peach tester Marios evner ved å sette opp en bane som ligner på den som finnes i originalenSuper Mario Bros. spillet (støttet av en stønneverdig bruk av Bonnie Tylers "I Need A Hero"), blir hovedpersonene allierte med Kong-hæren via en runde medSuper Smash Bros., og så smeller AC/DCs "Thunderstruck" mens karakterene designer en samling med personlig tilpassede kjøretøy a laMario Kart. Det er hult, kreativt konkurs og en opplevelse som ligner på å sitte på sofaen og kjede seg mens vennene dine tar kontrollørene.

Mens Keegan-Michael Key gjør en innsats, høres Chris Pratt og resten av rollebesetningen ut som de selv spiller Mario-karakterer.

Grunnheten til bedriften blir bare ytterligere understreket av filmens A-lister-fylte rollebesetning. Keegan-Michael Key får litt spesiell æren for å ha gjort en innsats for å lage en stemme for Toad som er helt ulik hvordan han normalt høres ut, men det samme kan ikke sies om resten av stjernene – og filmen gjør til og med et poeng av gni dette faktum i ansiktet til publikum. Introduksjonen til titulære tegn iSuper Mario Bros.-filmener via en reklamefilm for deres nye rørleggervirksomhet der de blir omtalt ved å bruke stemmer som faktisk minner om videospillkollegene deres ... men så trekker handlingen seg tilbake og vi møter en veldig Chris Pratt og Charlie Day-klingende Mario og Luigi som stiller spørsmål ved om aksentene deres er for mye i TV-spotten.

Over hele linjen er det som om studioet var redd for at filmen ikke fikk pengene sine fra det populære talentet som ble vervet og insisterte på at skuespillerne tonede ting som ble gjort slik at stemmene deres kunne gjenkjennes. Det høres kanskje ekstremt kynisk ut, men det er en holdning rent inspirert av vibbene i verket.

Super Mario Bros.-filmen ser bra ut, men det er et tak på ros som kan tilbys.

Illumination Entertainment har absolutt laget en film som ser bra ut iSuper Mario Bros.-filmen… men det er ikke for mye ros å gi gitt at det ikke er mye skapelse; det er innovasjon i stedet for oppfinnelse, og selv det er litt generøst. Barn vil utvilsomt elske det, og det vil ha dem alle krevende videospill, leker og alle varianter av ephemera til neste store kjepphest kommer, men alle som ser det med et litt kritisk blikk vil gjenkjenne det for det tomme IP-karet som det er.

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FAQs

What was The Super Mario Bros. Movie review as? ›

A movie that has all of the elements you'd want represented from Super Mario bros video games, and as a bonus, it also showcases Mario cart and donkey kong junior. The animation is strong, the worlds are exactly like the video games and truly fun moments for kids.

Why did the Mario movie get bad reviews? ›

Many critics feel that the movie is very generic and doesn't have the originality and personality that the Mario franchise has had for so long. Critics have said that it's not enough to regurgitate references, but that they should have meaning to them.

Why is The Super Mario Bros. Movie so bad? ›

It promptly bombed at the box office, mostly because it was, like so many other movies based on video games, terrible. The game franchise is famously heavy on carnage and light on narrative, but the movie had a cumbersome plot involving an ancient Martian civilization and genetic experimentation.

What does Lumalee say at the end of the movie? ›

When Luigi wants to find a way to escape, Lumalee says, "There's no escape. The only hope is the sweet relief of death." Oof, that's the last thing you'd expect an adorable little star creature to say, but he continues it through the movie whenever he appears.

Who is older Mario or Luigi? ›

Luigi is portrayed as the taller, younger brother of Mario, and is usually seen dressed in a green shirt, dark blue overalls, and a green hat with a green "L" insignia.

Will the Mario movie be rated R? ›

Rated PG for action and mild violence.

Is Mario a good guy or a bad guy? ›

Its mustachioed everyman protagonist has gone on to star in over 250 games for Nintendo, and in pop culture lore, Mario is an iconic good guy, a hero.

Is Mario appropriate for kids? ›

To sum it up, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is kid friendly for kids ages 6 and older. Younger kids could also watch if they are familiar with the characters and are fans of the video game. At a little over 90 minutes, the length of the movie works for younger kids, too.

Why was Super Mario Bros so good? ›

The success of Super Mario Bros. can be attributed to the solidarity and simplicity of its Core Experience. At this point in time almost every game was about working in a finite playing space and getting a high score (a la Space Invaders or Pac Man). However, Super Mario Bros.

Why are people boycotting Mario movie? ›

Since the first trailer dropped last year, Leguizamo — the O.G. big screen Luigi — has made it clear that he's boycotting the new Super Mario movie due to the lack of Latino actors in the vocal cast. "They could've included a Latin character," the actor recently told TMZ.

Why is Mario so much better than Sonic? ›

Mario's determination, strength, and willpower are unlike any human being, though, and given certain circumstances, Mario would easily beat Sonic. This is reliant on his power-ups, power of the elements, and his allies, though, while Sonic doesn't really need anything except his blinding speed.

What is Mario's last name? ›

Is “Mario” the brothers' last name? That would make Mario's full name “Mario Mario” and it would make Luigi's name “Luigi Mario.” That's a little Koopa-kooky, but that's exactly the choice that was made in the 1993 live-action movie Super Mario Bros.

Who is the suicidal star in Mario Bros? ›

That title goes to Lumalee (voiced by Juliet Jelenic), the most adorably depressing nihilist ever featured in a family-friendly animated movie. Lumalee steals every scene they are in by making us question the value of existence in itself in a hilarious way.

Is Luma A Boy or a girl? ›

Luma - Baby girl name meaning, origin, and popularity | BabyCenter.

What is Mario's famous line? ›

"Let's-a go!" "Mamma mia!" "Okey-dokey!" "Here we go!"

Who is older Peach or Daisy? ›

Peach is Daisy's older sister. Luigi is Daisy's boyfriend (And future husband).

Who is Luigi's girlfriend? ›

Daisy is one of the main characters of 1993's Super Mario Bros. film, loosely based on the games, portrayed by Samantha Mathis. She is a student of archaeology at New York University whom Luigi falls in love with.

What is Luigi's last name? ›

While celebrating Mario's 30th anniversary at an event in Japan, Miyamoto confirmed that Mario and Luigi both share the last name Mario, thus making Mario “Mario Mario” and Luigi “Luigi Mario.”

Is PG OK for 3 year old? ›

PG films are suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children. Legally a child of any age may view a PG film.

What age is PG? ›

Parental guidance suggested for more mature themes. Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13.

Is Paper Mario 64 Rated T? ›

Paper Mario is rated T now???? Sorry. No little kids allowed for this hardcore journey. RATED “T” FOR TOAD VARIETY.

Who is the bad Luigi? ›

Waluigi is a fictional character in the Mario franchise. He plays the role of Luigi's arch-rival and accompanies Wario in spin-offs from the main Mario series, often for the sake of causing mischief and problems.

Who is the darkest Mario villain? ›

Super Mario: 8 Most Evil Villains In The Series
  1. 1 Honorable Mention: Antasma (Dream Team)
  2. 2 Shadow Mario (Super Mario Sunshine) ...
  3. 3 King Olly (The Origami King) ...
  4. 4 The Shadow Queen (The Thousand-Year Door) ...
  5. 5 Fawful (Bowser's Inside Story) ...
  6. 6 Cackletta (Superstar Saga) ...
  7. 7 Dimentio (Super Paper Mario) ...
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Is Super Mario movie scary? ›

In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children aged 5-8 years. For example: Shortly after arriving in Bowser's lands, Luigi is chased by zombie-like, skeletal creatures with red glowing eyes.

Which Super Mario is best for kids? ›

For Kids Who Love The Story: Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Super Mario 3D World is the best purchase for the little one who saw The Super Mario Bros. Movie and now wants more of that.

Is Super Mario OK for 4 year olds? ›

Considering the full PG rating breakdown above, this parent movie reviewer would not recommend Super Mario Bros. Movie to kids younger than the age of 3-4 years old. The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2023 PG rating is pretty light and comparable to Despicable Me/Minions movie ratings (without the crude humor).

Is Super Mario still popular? ›

With more than 650 million copies sold, Super Mario is the best-selling video game character in the world, according to Guinnes World Records.

Why is Mario the best movie? ›

Perhaps what makes The Super Mario Bros Movie succeed where all other video game films before haven't is that it doesn't try and pretend that there is no video game which instituted its creation, painstakingly retell a plot we already know, or act as though the games have come from a result of the movie.

Why did Bowser hate Mario? ›

As revealed in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Bowser and Mario have been archenemies since they were infants. Bowser always wants to beat Mario and greatly dislikes him mainly for taking Princess Peach away from him.

Is Mario Italian or Japanese? ›

Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. He is an Italian plumber residing in the fictional Mushroom Kingdom, whose adventures generally center on rescuing Princess Peach from the villain Bowser.

Is Mario games being removed? ›

Nintendo is removing Super Mario 3D All-Stars — the bundle of those three games — on March 31, 2021. Folks who purchase those games before then will still have access to them, but there'll be no way for anyone else to buy them afterward.

Who is more older Mario or Sonic? ›

All the same, at 20 years old, Sonic is easily the younger of the pair, with Mario now due a mid-life crisis tipping the scales at 30. But with age comes wisdom. Whilst Sonic smashes towards everything at lightning speed, Mario will take his time, carefully constructing Bowser's downfall.

Who is more popular Mario or Luigi? ›

This 'Super Mario' character is more beloved than Mario and Luigi: survey
CharacterVotes
1. Yoshi6,084
2. Luigi5,771
3. Mario5,602
4. Toad5,514
16 more rows
Apr 1, 2023

Who is more famous Sonic or Mario? ›

Here are the most popular video game characters (based on sales): Mario Р507 million. Pikachu (Pok̩mon) Р294 million. Sonic The Hedgehog Р150 million.

Who is Mario's old girlfriend? ›

Appearances. Pauline debuted as Mario's love interest in Donkey Kong (1981), which was remade for Game Boy, where she was again a typical damsel in distress. Reappearances of Pauline occurred in Pinball and Famicom BASIC.

Who is Mario's real girlfriend? ›

Overview. Pauline is Mario's first love interest, and a seminal damsel in distress for video games. She first appeared in Donkey Kong, where she was kidnapped by the titular character and hauled to the top of a rickety urban scaffold.

Who is Mario's daughter? ›

Rosalina (Mario)
Rosalina
First appearanceSuper Mario Galaxy (2007)
Created byYoshiaki Koizumi
Voiced byMercedes Rose (2007–2010) Kerri Kane (2011–2014; 2017-2018) Laura Faye Smith (2013–present)
In-universe information
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Who is the depressed guy in Mario? ›

Movie. That title goes to Lumalee (voiced by Juliet Jelenic), the most adorably depressing nihilist ever featured in a family-friendly animated movie. Lumalee steals every scene they are in by making us question the value of existence in itself in a hilarious way. However, most importantly,...

Does Mario have PTSD? ›

He even kept Rosalina tied up just so she won't run away. Mario has some form of PTSD over turtles revealed in "Mario's Turtle Problem!" and "Jeffy Goes To The Zoo!" This is because of his past adventures.

Who are the 7 Star Children? ›

Star Children are seven babies who each had a fallen star in their possession during the events of Yoshi's Island DS. The seven Star Children are Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby DK, Baby Wario, Baby Bowser and Baby Yoshi. They are revealed at the end of the game during the credits.

Is Rosalina a princess? ›

Character Information

Princess Rosalina is a major character in the Mario series. She is a intergalactic princess who is the "mother" of the Lumas.

Is Rosalina a queen or princess? ›

Rosalina
Solo artwork of Rosalina for Mario Party: The Top 100
Full namePrincess Rosalina
SpeciesHuman
First appearanceSuper Mario Galaxy (2007)
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Who is Mario's mother? ›

Mama Mario (referred to as Mama and Mama Mia by her children, maiden name Rigassi) is the mother of Mario and Luigi and a recurring minor character in the Super Mario franchise and its spin-offs, particularly in The Super Mario Bros.

What does Mario say when he dies? ›

My son is saying that Mario in 3D world says "Owo Nowo" when he dies.

What does Boo say in Mario? ›

This article is about the character debuting in Luigi's Mansion. For his Super Mario Sunshine counterpart, see King Boo (Super Mario Sunshine). “I am not afraid of you, fool! I fear only that infernal Poltergust 3000 you carry on your back!

What is the new Mario movie rated in stars? ›

Movie' 3.5 stars. Director: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic. Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sebastian Maniscalco. Rating: PG for action and mild violence.

How many Rotten Tomatoes did the Mario movie get? ›

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is sitting at the low critic score of 59% on Rotten Tomatoes while the audience score is at a staggering 96%. This discrepancy is incredibly interesting because it shows how divided critics and the general public can be when it comes to certain movies.

How many people have watched the Mario movie? ›

Nine Million People Have Watched The Full 'Super Mario Bros.

What age rating is an R rated movie? ›

R: RESTRICTED. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Can a 3 year old watch a PG movie? ›

PG films are suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children. Legally a child of any age may view a PG film.

What movie has 100% Rotten Tomatoes? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 252 positive reviews.

What movies have gotten a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes? ›

The 99% Club: An Ode to the Almost-Perfect Movie
  • #1. Lady Bird (2017) 99% #1. ...
  • #2. Eighth Grade (2018) 99% #2. ...
  • #3. Selma (2014) 99% #3. ...
  • #4. Finding Nemo (2003) 99% #4. ...
  • #5. Paddington 2 (2017) 99% #5. ...
  • #6. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) 99% #6. ...
  • #7. Shoplifters (2018) 99% #7. ...
  • #8. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 99% #8.

Why Mario is better than Sonic? ›

Mario's determination, strength, and willpower are unlike any human being, though, and given certain circumstances, Mario would easily beat Sonic. This is reliant on his power-ups, power of the elements, and his allies, though, while Sonic doesn't really need anything except his blinding speed.

Why is Luigi so much better than Mario? ›

Luigi fans love him for his dependability, for being an underdog, and even for his mustache. While Luigi may not have the same level of charisma as Mario, he is an excellent sidekick and does everything that Mario does but without the glory.

Is Mario a villain or a hero? ›

While Mario is usually depicted as a hero throughout most of his history, saving the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser and the Koopa Troop, he has been enemies with Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. These are his villainous actions.

Is Luigi more popular than Mario? ›

Who is the Most-Loved Super Mario Character? With over 6,000 votes, Yoshi– who debuted as Mario and Luigi's sidekick in Super Mario World in 1990 – takes the crown as the most-loved character in the Super Mario Universe, followed by Mario's fraternal twin brother, Luigi, in second place.

Who is more famous Mario or Luigi? ›

This 'Super Mario' character is more beloved than Mario and Luigi: survey
CharacterVotes
1. Yoshi6,084
2. Luigi5,771
3. Mario5,602
4. Toad5,514
16 more rows
Apr 1, 2023

Who is most popular in Mario? ›

Yoshi takes the crown as the most-loved character in the Super Mario Universe. Yoshi debuted in Super Mario World in 1990 as Mario and Luigi's sidekick. His full name is T Yoshisaur Munchakoopas; however, Nintendo thought this name would be difficult to remember, so he was referred to as Yoshi for short.

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