The Reviews for the new animated Super Mario Bros. movie are in, and they are not good. But, I decided to go see the film today and I really enjoyed it. FYI, I didn’t care for the 90s live action film, which is notorious for being the worst movie of all time to many film critics. Some of the critics are saying it’s better than the new 2023 movie, but I disagree. Despite bad reviews, I was happy with the new 2023 Super Mario Bros movie.
As a 41-year-old gamer girl who has grown up with the 8-bit NES and witnessed the evolution of the gaming world, the 2023 animated Super Mario Bros. Movie was a delightful and nostalgic trip down memory lane.
From the very beginning, the movie captivated me with its vivid and colorful animation that stayed true to the charm and whimsy of the classic games. The film managed to bring the world of the Mushroom Kingdom to life in a way that transported me back to my childhood, playing Super Mario Bros. on my NES for the first time.
The plot of the movie artfully weaves together elements from various Mario games, creating a cohesive and engaging story that resonated with me as a long-time fan. The film takes us on an adventure through iconic worlds such as the Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser’s Castle, and even the underwater realms of Super Mario Bros. 3. The attention to detail in the landscapes, characters, and even the power-ups is truly impressive and shows the filmmakers’ deep appreciation for the source material.
Here are ten things I loved about the new Super Mario Bros movie.
1.) The beginning of the 2023 animated Super Mario Bros. Movie pays homage to the 1993 live-action movie in a few ways. First, both movies open with a scene of Mario and Luigi working as plumbers in Brooklyn. Second, both movies feature a character named Spike, who is a rival plumber who tries to sabotage Mario and Luigi’s business. Third, both movies explore the brothers’ origins and family life.
2.) The soundtrack is also used to create a sense of nostalgia. The Mario tunes are used to remind the audience of the games they played as kids, and the 80s and 90s pop hits are used to remind them of the time period when they grew up.
3.) The raccoon-suit and kitty-suit are used to create nostalgia in the new 2023 movie in a few ways. First, they are both classic power-ups that have been featured in many of the Super Mario Bros. games. Second, they are both very recognizable power-ups, and they will bring back memories for fans of the franchise. Third, they are both used in a way that is true to the source material. For example, the raccoon-suit is used to help Mario fly, and the kitty-suit is used to help Mario climb walls.
4.) In the 2023 movie, Bowser’s love for Peach is explored in more depth. We see that he is capable of great love, but he also has a lot of anger and insecurity. He is afraid of being rejected, and he lashes out when he feels threatened.
5.) Princess Peach is shown to be a strong, independent, and resourceful woman in the 2023 movie. She is a role model for young girls, and she shows that women can be just as strong and capable as men.
6.) The 2023 movie opening scene is a love letter to fans of the Super Mario Bros. franchise. It features many iconic moments from the games, including Mario jumping down a flag pole near a castle shaped building.
7.) I understand why some fans were upset about Chris Pratt’s casting as Mario. Charles Martinet has been the voice of Mario for over 30 years, and he has a very iconic voice. Chris Pratt’s voice is very different from Charles Martinet’s voice, and some fans felt that he would not be a good fit for the role. However, I think Chris Pratt does a great job as Mario. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the role, and he really captures the spirit of Mario. I think he is a great choice to voice Mario in the new 2023 film.
8.) More nostalgia is seen in the inclusion of the blue penguins. The blue penguins are originally from Super Mario 64. They first appeared in the level Cool, Cool Mountain, where they could be seen sliding down the slopes on their bellies. The penguins could also be used to race against Mario in a challenge to see who could reach the bottom of the mountain first. The blue penguins have since appeared in a number of other Mario games, including Mario Kart 64, Mario Party 3, and Mario Galaxy. They have also been featured in a number of Mario-themed merchandise, such as plush toys and action figures.
9.) The Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Racing scenes in the 2023 movie are sure to fill anyone who grew up playing those games with nostalgia. The classic courses, like the jungle and rainbow road, are instantly recognizable, and the ability to customize your kart and search for shortcuts brings back memories of hours spent playing the games. The blue shells and banana peels are also a classic feature of the Mario Kart games, and they are sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who has ever been hit by one.
10.) The theme of brotherly love is a powerful one, and it is one that is explored in great depth in the new 2023 movie. Mario and Luigi’s relationship is a beautiful example of what it means to be brothers, and it is a relationship that will resonate with audiences of all ages.
The movie itself was a lot of fun. It was full of action, adventure, and laughs. And it was great to see all of my favorite characters from the games come to life on the big screen. The animation was beautiful, and the voice acting was top-notch.
But what really made the movie for me was the nostalgia. Seeing all of the different games and scenes from my childhood brought back so many happy memories. It was like being a kid again.
If you’re a fan of Mario, or if you’re just looking for a fun, family-friendly movie to watch, I highly recommend the new Super Mario Bros. movie. It’s a great way to relive your childhood, and it’s sure to entertain the whole family.