the super mario bros. movie
starring: chris pratt, anna taylor-joy, charlie day, and jack black
REVIEWER: lyall carter
With help from Princess Peach, Mario gets ready to square off against the all-powerful Bowser to stop his plans from conquering the world.
While I’ve never played a Nintendo in my life, being a 90’s kid the Super Mario Bros. were a part of my pop culture childhood just as much as Goosebump books, chatter rings, and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.
So I don’t come to The Super Mario Bros. Movie with a whole lot of fan knowledge being able to pick up the little nods to the fans, but The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a fun, colourful, action stacked animated flick that will more than entertain the little ones these holidays.
While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers Mario and brother 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.
With the assistance of a Mushroom Kingdom resident Toad and some training from the strong-willed ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach, Mario taps into his own power.
There’s not that much invention when it comes to the narrative of The Super Mario Bros. Movie; it follows the tried and true rescue quest of many a kid’s animated film and computer game for that matter.
But what a lot of early critics of the film seem to have been missing is that this is a kid’s film. It really is and coincidentally it feels like a return to the kid’s animated films of the 90’s where there weren’t that many gags for the adults in the audience. It just played straight to the kids sitting there, munching their popcorn.
And The Super Mario Bros. Movie is all the better for it. It’s loud, fast paced, colourful and just a bit of fun but ultimately forgetful film. The worlds that Illumination Animation have crafted here are vast and filled with colour popping detail, and are a true feast for the eyes.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a fun, colourful, action stacked animated flick that will more than entertain the little ones these holidays.