Video game film adaptations have never really produced successful results, and Super Mario Bros is a prime example of this. In the 90s, the iconic Nintendo character was involved in a disastrous live-action movie that failed to represent the game’s universe in any way. Due to the backlash, Nintendo decided to reassign their licenses to third parties, preventing Hollywood studios from obtaining any of their franchises. However, 20 years later, Super Mario Bros makes a successful return with a new adaptation that is creatively controlled by the Japanese company.
Illumination Entertainment, a family cinema production company, is responsible for bringing the new Super Mario Bros: The Movie to life. Unlike the previous adaptation, this film accurately represents the characters, creatures, and the environment in the video game universe. The movie captures the essence of the beloved franchise and transports viewers into the world of Mario Bros.
The film’s many references and winks make it a love letter to the video game, ensuring that every Mario Bros fan will enjoy it. The film’s nods to classic and modern Mario titles capture with ingenuity and skill, the essence of every game that has been released in the franchise. Even the soundtrack reuses many classic melodies from previous Mario games.
The film’s well thought-out family plot makes it engaging for the audience, not only for Mario Bros fans but also for newcomers. Although the plot may seem childish and straightforward, it keeps the audience engaged and provides an enjoyable family-friendly experience.
Overall, Super Mario Bros: The Movie breathes love and care towards the beloved franchise, and it proves that video game adaptations can be successful if executed correctly. While it may not be a product of extreme marketing, it is still an enjoyable film with its strong and weak points that will entertain its audience.