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The Super Mario Bros. review


Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic




Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Roger, Fred Armisen


Matthew Fogel


Shigeru Miyamoto, Chris Meledandri


92 minutes

Release Date

April 5, 2023

A plumber hailing from Brooklyn, named Mario, embarks on a grand quest through the mystical Mushroom Kingdom. Accompanied by Peach, a royal figure, and Toad, a mushroom-like entity, their mission is two-fold. They must navigate this whimsical world to locate Mario's missing brother, Luigi, while simultaneously defending their world from Bowser, a relentless and formidable Koopa known for his fiery wrath.

The Super Mario Bros. review

Trying to make movies out of video games is hard because they often appeal to a small group of people while trying to attract a bigger audience. The Super Mario Bros. Movie embraces its nostalgic roots and pays tribute to the popular game series, but it has trouble getting past the problems that come with adapting games to movies. The movie does a good job of capturing the spirit of the Mario games, but its story isn’t interesting enough to keep people who aren’t fans interested.

Nostalgic nods and familiarity:

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” which was directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, takes viewers on a trip with the well-known plumbers Mario and Luigi, who are played by Chris Pratt and Charlie Day. The movie does a good job of incorporating different parts and themes from the series, making fans feel nostalgic. The movie’s images bring the colorful world of the game to life, from the busy streets of Brooklyn to the lively Mushroom Kingdom. Fans will like that familiar elements from the original game.

A Tribute to the History of Gaming:

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Horvath and Jelenic made sure to include lots of references to Mario’s game history in the movie. The makers did a great job of combining parts of the original 2D Super Mario Bros. game and the popular Mario Kart series. Fans were thrilled to see Mario, Princess Peach, Toad, and Donkey Kong race in rainbow-colored go-karts. They also have power-ups like the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Starman, as well as enemies like Koopa Troopas, Piranha Plants, Bullet Bills, and Bloopers, who have been around since the beginning. Fans who have been around for a long time will enjoy these throwback touches.


Character Development and Evolution:

The skilled Anya Taylor-Joy gives Princess Peach a new voice in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” and this is a big deal. Peach isn’t the usual “damsel in distress.” Instead, she’s a fierce fighter who trains Mario and gets involved in the action. This change shows how the filmmakers tried to make the characters more modern and give them more power so that they would appeal to modern viewers. Also, the scene after the credits show a well-known figure from the Mario series, which adds to the appeal of the movie.

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Drawbacks and predictability:

Even though the movie has some good parts, it falls short when it comes to the story and characters. Even though the cast is great, the voice acting is disappointing, with the exception of Jack Black and Keegan-Michael Key. They are the only ones who give the characters any depth or charm. In a time when movies based on toys like the “Lego Movies” are popular because of their clever and creative plots, it’s disappointing to see a beloved series with a plot that everyone can guess. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” depends a lot on people already knowing about the games, and it doesn’t have a story that would interest people who aren’t fans.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is a big deal in the world of movies based on video games. It does a great job by using bright colors and references to the past. But the movie falls short of being great because it doesn’t have a very interesting plot and voice acting. Fans of the Super Mario games will enjoy how the movie pays tribute to their favorite characters and gameplay. However, people who aren’t fans may wish for a more interesting and intense movie experience. Still, the movie is a good lesson of how hard it is to turn video games into movies. It shows both what works and what doesn’t when it comes to this kind of thing.

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  • Charles Martinet, the voice actor for Mario and Luigi in the Mario games, also makes an appearance in the film as the brothers' father, showcasing his versatility within the franchise.


  • Despite the film's attempt to accurately represent the world of Super Mario, there are instances where the characters' accents don't align with their origins. Mario and Luigi, portrayed by Chris Pratt and Charlie Day, maintain American accents instead of the expected Italian accents associated with the characters.