The Super Mario Bros. movie actually looks great

The latest trailer for The Super Mario Bros. movie has fueled another hype for the animated blockbuster and then some. With a plethora of Easter eggs, new characters and memorable moments, this trailer has convinced audiences that this controversial video game movie will become Hollywood’s next big thing.

While many people slammed this movie before it even premiered, everything the studio has shared so far seems to have sent all that hatred and doubt down the drainpipe. Here are reasons why The Super Mario Bros. movie will have moviegoers cheering when it premieres in 2023.

The humour

You can expect that from Illumination, the studio that provided the world with hilarious pictures Despicable Me and The secret life of pets. Like the first trailer of the film, the second sneak peek features many comedic moments, such as when Mario stumbles through an obstacle course, Donkey Kong beats him senseless, and a Cheep-Cheep tries to eat his face.

But Mario isn’t the only one to be the butt of the joke in this strange new world. Many in the audience laughed when Bowser tore off a piece of Luigi’s mustache. All these hysterical moments are sure to keep the audience watching and laughing.

The world building

Toads look at a map in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

The movie does a great job of bringing the Mushroom Kingdom and the many worlds beyond to the big screen. This is clearly seen in the inclusion of Peach’s map, which depicts the multiple realms that make up her world. Such realms include one where Donkey Kong and his friends live and another where Yoshis roam free.

Peach also mentions that there is a “massive universe” with “many galaxies”, hinting that the film is planning an even bigger sequel based on Super Mario Galaxy (so it’s a safe bet that Rosalina will appear in a post-credits scene).

The images are excellent

Cheep Cheep on a bridge in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Every shot has to be pixel-planned when making a computer-generated movie, and Nintendo and Illumination did not disappoint. The makers of the film have given audiences plenty of dazzling views of the colorful and fantastical worlds, from the delightfully weird Mushroom Kingdom to Bowser’s flying lava ship.

It all seems that Mario and the audience have ended up in an animated world similar to The Wizard of Oz, and the detail put into each image is a masterclass in animation. Illumination thus proves that it is a studio that can really compete with those of Disney and Pixar.

Princess Peach is a scene thief

Princess Peach in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Instead of being the damsel in distress as usual, the movie version of Princess Peach is a strong warrior monarch trying to defend her kingdom from Bowser and his army. She joins Mario and Toad on their journey to defeat the King of the Koopas, while Mario’s brother Luigi appears to be the one to be rescued instead.

The incomparable Anya-Taylor Joy (currently starring in the thriller satire The menu) nails Peach’s voice in this movie, conveying her graceful regality as a princess and her fiery spirit as a warrior leader. While Mario is the main character of this movie, it looks like Peach will be the real shining star.

It pays homage to other games

Mario and friends race down Rainbow Road in The Super Mario Bros.  Movie.

This movie is gaming fan service at its best, and the trailer shows that the filmmakers had a lot of respect for the source material Mario adapted this time around. It contains multiple references to the classic games, where the heroes gain power-ups such as the Tanooki Suit and the Fire Flower.

Mario and Donkey Kong engage in a battle that seems straight out of it Super Smash Bros. Mario practices on an obstacle course that looks like it’s built in Super Mario Maker. The trailer also ends with the heroes driving down Rainbow Road in a crazy max-style exodus just like in Mario Kart.

Mario’s voice is actually pretty good

Mario in a fighting stance

Many people complained about Chris Pratt voicing Mario in this movie, especially after hearing his character’s voice in the first trailer. But the second trailer gave audiences a better preview of Pratt’s interpretation of the mustachioed hero, and many fans quickly warmed to it.

Instead of the stereotypical Italian accent Mario is known for, Pratt plays the character with a more grounded Brooklyn accent, and it suits him well. But the way Pratt says “Let’s-a-go” and “Wahoo” proves that his Mario is still the brave and fun-loving plumber gamers know and love. It just goes to show that a movie can’t be judged by a few seconds of dialogue.

To see Mario and his friend on the big screen, see The Super Mario Bros. moviein theaters April 23, 2023.

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