The Illumination and Nintendo film set the record for the biggest worldwide opening for an animated movie with $377 million, stirring controversial debates as to how the Super Mario Bros movie characters resemble their electronic characters.
In this Nintendo movie’s version, the Mario Bros dive into the world of macrofungi with no plot in mind. Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) attempt to be superheroes by fixing the plumbing catastrophe around the city but end up in a tunnel that leads to the Mushroom Kingdom, where they begin their adventure.
The big-screen adaptation brings a sense of nostalgia to the people who waited decades to watch a remake of a disappointing version of their childhood game in 1993. To any kid watching the film, it’s great, but to those who waited decades? Not so much. Luckily, the Mario bros can never go wrong with their adventures, in this case, they lucked out and won the hearts of many.
The characters in the movie, move and act the way they do in the videogame, jumping through tunnels, gaining super powers and even resurfacing when falling into the water. However, their personalities were given a little twist that fails to resemble their original ones.
The plot subtly strays from its original ‘hero saves damsel in distress’ storyline where Mario saves Princess Toadstool or Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) from the malevolent Bowser (Jack Black). Matthew Fogel, the screenwriter, incorporated a feminist touch into Peach’s character, which blends well with her role as the leader of the Mushroom Kingdom.
The film-makers confidently linked unrelated scenes together and included snippets of Mario’s history for nostalgic purposes, such as battling Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) and gaining powers while eating mushrooms. Ironically, Mario hates mushrooms but becomes best-friends with a little mushroom friend in their world, Toad (Keegan-Michael Key).
All in all, Nintendo film’s reproduction proves successful, despite the majority of fellow print and online movie critics giving it a thrashing. Thanks to the adjustments made to the errors of the first movie, the fans have spoken. It’s a hit.