[Review] ‘The Super Mario Bros Movie’ creates nostalgia in viewers with elements from the video game


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Mario (voiced by Chris Pratt), left, and Princess Peach (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy) in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” Photo permission from (Nintendo, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures/TNS

Tatiana Ortiz, Arts & Leisure and Opinion Editor

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” was released by Universal Pictures in US theaters on April 5, just in time for the Easter holiday weekend. Rated PG, this movie was highly anticipated by all generations that played the famous Super Mario Bros video game which originally came out in 1985.

The animated movie follows Mario, voiced by Chris Pratt, in his journey to find his brother Luigi, voiced by Charlie Day, with Princess Peach, voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy, to prevent Bowser, voiced by Jack Black, from taking over the world.

In the beginning of the movie, viewers see Mario and Luigi in their classic red and green plumber outfits in Brooklyn, NY. They have a starter plumber company and are trying to gain approval from their family who find their business ridiculous.

However, because of a catchy jingle in a commercial, they gained their first customer. What seems to be a little leak in the faucet turns into a flood in New York City after Mario accidentally bursts the pipes. Attempting to redeem himself by saving the city, he goes into the sewer system to tighten the pipes. However, they get sucked into a green tube which transports Mario and Luigi to another world. Luigi gets separated from Mario while being sucked into the portal and ends up in Bowser’s kingdom.

Mario encounters Toad, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, who informs him of the threat Bowser poses to his world and takes him to Princess Peach. Enlisting Mario into the war against Bowser, Princess Peach vows to take down Bowser and save her world from his reign.

The animation of the movie was very accurate to the video game, which added to the nostalgic feeling of the movie. The classic catchphrases used throughout the movie, such as Mario’s famous “Wahoo!” was familiar and kept the characterization of Mario. Even though they took away Mario and Luigi’s italian accent, the elements of their character were still accurate to the video game.

Jack Black playing Bowser is like butter on bread. Black portrayed Bowser’s anger and gravelly voice very well. A favorite moment amongst viewers is the self-written song by Black called Peaches, which Bowser sings in a scene during the movie. The song was a surprising element to the movie and to Bowser’s character. He shows his love for Princess Peach and how he will get her love regardless of her fighting. This backwards way of thinking is accurate to the video game in which he has her captured in his castle. However, portraying this cynical way of thinking in a funny way made the song a fun element which the kids enjoyed especially.

A part of the movie that was not accurate to the video game was Princess Peach owning her kingdom and not being captured by Bowser. I felt this change to the movie was needed. Instead of being the damsel in distress, Princess Peach is viewed as strong, smart and determined to defeat Bowser. A true princess, she fights for her kingdom and does not wait for a man to save her. Anya Taylor-Joy played Princess Peach wonderfully and her outfit on the red carpet of the premiere was fun and represented her character.

“The Super Mario Bros Movie” was a fun and nostalgic movie that could be enjoyed by any generation. Only an hour and 32 minutes long, the movie is almost too short. I felt the training of Mario was rushed and the emotional elements of the movie were moved past too quickly to add any effect to the audience.

However, I would still recommend for fans of the video game to watch the movie. “The Super Mario Bros Movie” was one of the best video game to movie adaptations and also one of the best movies of this year.