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The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

U 93 min - Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy - 5 April 2023
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While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers—and brothers—Mario and Luigi are transported down a mysterious pipe and wander into a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi.

Director:  Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
Writers:  Matthew Fogel

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Storyline

While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers—and brothers—Mario and Luigi are transported down a mysterious pipe and wander into a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi.



Tagline: Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear overalls.

Details

Country:   Japan United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  5 April 2023

Box Office

Budget:  $100,000,000
Revenue:  $1,362,000,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Universal Pictures, Illumination, Nintendo

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 33 min
Viewers Rating: 4.3/5 - (3 votes)

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Overview: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is an animated adventure that brings the beloved characters of the iconic Nintendo franchise to the big screen. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, this film captures the essence of the classic video games while offering a fresh and entertaining story for both longtime fans and newcomers.

Story: The plot follows Mario (voiced by Chris Pratt) and Luigi (voiced by Charlie Day), two plumbers from Brooklyn who find themselves transported to the magical Mushroom Kingdom. With the help of Princess Peach (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy) and their friends, they must thwart the evil Bowser (voiced by Jack Black) who plans to conquer the kingdom. The film cleverly incorporates elements from various Mario games, creating a nostalgic yet innovative narrative that is engaging and fun.

Visuals: The animation in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is vibrant and colorful, perfectly capturing the whimsical world of the games. The Mushroom Kingdom is brought to life with stunning detail, from the lush landscapes to the intricate castle designs. The character designs are faithful to their video game counterparts while being adapted for a cinematic experience, making the film visually appealing and immersive.

Characters: The film shines with its character portrayals. Chris Pratt delivers a charismatic and relatable Mario, while Charlie Day’s Luigi adds humor and heart. Anya Taylor-Joy’s Princess Peach is strong and inspiring, breaking away from the damsel-in-distress trope. Jack Black’s Bowser is both menacing and comedic, providing a perfect balance for the villain. The voice cast also includes memorable performances from Keegan-Michael Key as Toad and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, adding to the film’s charm and humor.

Themes: At its core, the movie explores themes of bravery, friendship, and the importance of teamwork. Mario and Luigi’s brotherly bond is central to the story, highlighting their growth and determination to save the Mushroom Kingdom. The film also touches on self-discovery and the courage to face one’s fears, making it a feel-good adventure suitable for all ages.

Conclusion: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” successfully brings the beloved video game characters to life in a way that is both nostalgic and fresh. With its engaging story, stunning visuals, and strong character performances, the film offers a delightful experience for fans of the franchise and general audiences alike. It balances humor, action, and heart, making it an enjoyable watch for the whole family.

Final Thoughts: While it may not break new ground in animated storytelling, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” excels in delivering a fun and faithful adaptation of the iconic games. Its blend of nostalgia and modern cinematic elements ensures that it will be cherished by fans and remembered as a successful leap from console to cinema. Whether you’re a lifelong Mario fan or just looking for a fun adventure, this movie is a great choice for a joyful escape into the Mushroom Kingdom.