The Super Mario Bros. Movie plays on Illumination strengths and Nintendo’s nostalgia. The outcome? And enjoyable but honestly forgettable movie.
In fact, there’s nothing groundbreaking here. Starring Chris Pratt (Mario), Charlie Day (Luigi) and Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, the movie takes what worked well for Illumination, the minions, and applies it to the Nintendo world.
Did i enjoy it? Mostly. Did I like it, not quite. Instead of pushing the universe to new worlds and stories, the movie takes every single Mario game, and forces it into what we think is a storyline.
Packed with fantastic references that will warm the hearts of those who lived with Nintendo and Mario up close, the movie gets easily tiresome after 20 or 30 minutes. Some scenes felt too forced just to play on the heartstrings, others felt lifted straight from the Minions franchise. Don’t get me wrong, Princess Peach was a welcome relief from all the Mario and Luigi forceful drama. But it wasn’t enough for me to break the threshold of being “Meh”.
Should You Watch It?
The movie is obviously trying too hard to hit too many items on the producer’s checklist. In an effort to appeal to a wide demographic, this Super Mario movie fails on multiple counts because of a weak script, an over dependence on elements lifted directly from the video game and countless voice casting mistakes.
Where Can I Watch It?
Stream The Super Mario Bros. Movie exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Canada.