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Super Mario Bros game. Movie review: It’s a tender but fun love letter to games

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dirty: Well, there are these two brothers, see? And they are plumbers. In fact, the Mario brothers (Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi) open their own plumbing business, although with Mario’s natural agility, the business could be better. That’s why, when a massive water emergency rocks their Brooklyn neighborhood, they jump at the chance to save their neighborhood–only to stumble upon a mysterious pipe, deep in the sewers, that transports them away to a wild new world.

Separated on the journey, Mario finds himself in the Mushroom Kingdom, where he meets Todd (Keegan-Michael Key) and Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), whose help he’ll need if he’s to rescue Luigi from Bowser’s clutches. (Black Jack). Fortunately, this wild new world includes magical mushrooms that give you special powers if you eat them – so Mario will have to overcome his hatred of mushrooms…

Good news, mothers and fathers: I’m going to cut to the chase here, for any parents reading this – it may not be the best movie of the year, but you’ll be able to watch it. Super Mario Bros game. film more than once without losing your reckless mind. I can not say for sure how a lot Repeat viewings will stand up to it, but the new animated movie, which clocks in at a tight 93 minutes, is a fast-paced, visually engaging, and generally beloved homage to the Nintendo games now enjoyed by multiple generations.


These are games, in the plural, for a reason: the very thin narrative somehow manages to feel a little overwhelming, in order to incorporate another popular Nintendo character (Donkey Kong, voiced by Seth Rogen) as well as an extended sequence that brings the beloved Mario Kart privilege on screen. (The sequence was done well, but… real talking, the Wachowskis did it better.)

Needle drops are fun sometimes but used with brute force – we’re talking about the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” while the brothers are running around the streets of Brooklyn. Fortunately, there is no attempt at old topical humor, and no annoying musical numbers. (Black Bowser gets everyone The songs, which lean heavily on his heavy metal riffs, are pretty good.) Plus, directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic have to include a Nintendo Easter egg…you’d better believe they’re using it.

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