The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros.

  • Released: 2022-12-21
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
  • Stars: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sebastian Maniscalco, Charles Martinet, Khary Payton, Eric Bauza
  • Director: Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath
  • bevanaaron - 8 June 2024
    Easy Watch
    A really easy watch. I expected Peach to be kidnapped as I'm sure that's what the games are about however this time, Mario and Luigi are humans who teleport to different worlds after investigating a green pipe. Luigi is the unfortunate character to fall into the hands of Bowser and the others all need to team up to rescue him. The film has a quite a bit of thought in it and references to the games which I like, it doesn't do anything to unexpected and extraordinary but it is a decent family film that could be easily watched again. Little adventurer Toad is a brilliant character, providing a lot of the humour and there's plenty of recognisable voices in this one.
  • mjk280-523-908286 - 4 May 2024
    Safe and hurried, but still fun
    This is a fun adaptation that doesn't really do anything wrong. You'll have a good time for 90 minutes and kids definitely will. It just lacks something I have a hard time pinning down into one statement.

    At first it was a strange adjustment hearing the characters talk so much, but it's a necessity and I got used to it pretty quickly. The licensed music is an odd choice and while I didn't mind it too much, it still clashes. There are countless tracks from countless Mario games fitting every kind of mood. They could've found the right ones and adapted them for the movie. The licensed music feels like help that a property like Mario shouldn't need.

    The voice acting was good and Jack Black was great. You can tell he's having fun but also digging deep to get that perfect guttural tone. Everyone else was solid and while I will probably never understand the Chris Pratt choice, he fits here given they were going for a really bland "main character" voice for Mario. The movie also looks fantastic and at times, a little too real for the subject matter. Regardless the visuals are stunning in my opinion.

    I think the movie's biggest negative is how fast it moves. It actually starts off in a kind of meandering fashion, but after it gets going it seems like it's in such a hurry. There's almost no time to admire the worlds we're shown and then immediately pulled away from. The action is okay but ultimately uninspired. The dialogue is incredibly bland and in general the writing just seems fairly basic.

    I wouldn't dream of not recommending this movie. I just wish it had a little more offer especially given the IP they had to work with.