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by Dianna Ranere

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a fun and nostalgic film that successfully captures the essence of the classic video game in all its glory.

About The Film

The movie tells the story of two Brooklyn plumbers who are brothers and best friends: Mario, the brave one with the “let’s-a go” attitude, and the perpetually anxious Luigi, who would prefer to go nowhere. We open with the Super Mario Brothers reckoning with their struggling plumbing business, and wind up in a whirlwind adventure through Mushroom Kingdom. Through their journey, we meet a cast of familiar, lovable characters, ultimately uniting to defeat the power-hungry villain, Bowser. The Super Mario Bros. Movie takes what millions of gamers worldwide have loved for over three decades and levels it up to a new and breathtaking cinematic experience.

Our Review

The Super Mario Bros. Movie stars the voices of Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, (and yes, you get that earworm song “Peaches”), Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike. In the film Mario and Luigi team up with Princess Peach to stop Bowser from taking over the Mushroom Kingdom.

It is PACKED with easter eggs that fans of the original game will appreciate and have fun calling out. I don’t think I have ever played the game, but having three gamers in my household, I even caught some of the easter eggs. Also, as a non-gamer, I enjoyed everything about the movie, from the characters and storyline, even though they changed some of the source material.

The animation was amazing! It was so bright, colorful, and vibrant and captured the look and feel of the game and the characters perfectly. As far as the voice acting, I think they were all perfect and especially liked Jack Black as Bowser and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.

The film is funny and has a great soundtrack, (shout-out to my 80s peeps). Overall, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a fun look inside the video game and a must-see for fans.