Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. (also known as Super Mario Bros.: The Movie) is a 1993 adventure comedy film loosely based on the Mario video game series by Nintendo. It is the first feature-length live-action film to be based on a video game. The film was directed by the husband-and-wife team of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, written by Parker Bennett, Terry Runté and Ed Solomon and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures through Hollywood Pictures. Released on May 28, 1993, the film become a critical and financial failure, grossing an estimated $35 million worldwide, against a budget of $42–48 million. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto felt the film tried too hard to replicate the games instead of being a good film. However despite this, the film gained a cult following in later years and has been recently regarded as a cult classic.
Brooklyn plumbers Mario and Luigi get the shock of their lives when they discover a parallel world populated by the intelligent descendants of dinosaurs. It seems they weren't destroyed by a meteor millions of years ago but hurled into another dimension and, now, they have plans to rule our world. It's up to our unlikely heroes to battle the evil King Koopa and his Goomba guards, free the beautiful Princess Daisy and save mankind in this adventure of a lifetime.
Why It Sucks
- The main problem with the movie is that it has an extremely poor grasp of the source material. The directors treated the other people involved in the film's production horribly and their bad decisions played a major role in the problems of the movie such as:
- The movie begins with a pointless dinosaur extinction, which, in no way, relates anything to the Mario franchise at all.
- Princess Peach does not appear and in her place is Princess Daisy (who, during that period, only appeared in Super Mario Land).
- Bowser, or Koopa as he’s referred to in this film, is a human with weird spikes on his head rather than a giant fire-breathing turtle with spikes up until the film's climax, where the Devolution Guns Mario and Luigi use against him turn him into a monstrous Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Toad is just an emo-looking kid who barely gets any screen time rather than an anthropomorphic mushroom.
- The Mushroom Kingdom in the games is a cartoony fantasy world, but in this movie, Mushroom Kingdom is a cyberpunk world named Dinohathan.
- Koopas and Goombas are portrayed as humanoid figures with shrunken, lizard-like heads, a design decision that has been widely mocked.
- Bullet Bills are literally just ordinary bullets.
- Yoshi and Big Bertha also look completely different; Yoshi looks like a rejected Jurassic Park dinosaur extra and Big Bertha is a human rather than a fish.
- Mario and Luigi don't have Italian accents despite this being one of their most famous characteristics.
- Luigi doesn't have a mustache.
- Super Mushrooms act as shields and are obtained from a weird fungus growing all over the kingdom, not from the ? Blocks seen in the games.
- Iggy and Spike are also not represented well. Iggy in the games is one of the Koopaling Bosses in Super Mario Bros 3, And Spike is just a regular enemy that is also from Super Mario Bros 3.
- This film is full of gross-out humor, especially in artstyle with fungi, the scene in which King Bowser Koopa (transformed into dinosaur) becomes vomiting or the scene where the fungus becomes a human.
- The plot makes no sense. For example, Iggy and Spike transition from being Bowser's minions into Daisy's helpers at the drop of a dime for no reason halfway through the movie.
- The infamous scene where Mario says he won't jump, but he does in the video games himself.
- There is a pointless running gag of Bowser trying to order pizza.
- Filming was apparently so taxing on the actors that they would get drunk just to make it through the whole ordeal. John Leguizamo was so drunk that he braked too hard while driving a van and slammed the door on Bob Hoskins' hand.
- Aside from the main characters, most of them are downright awful.
- Laughable dialogue, two notable examples being Koopa saying "Bob-Omb!" and "Monkey!".
- The directors wanted the movie to be aimed towards more mature audiences despite the fact the targeted players for the Mario games are mainly for children.
- Mario and Luigi only wear red and green clothes, respectively, at the end of the film, and Luigi wears red clothing for much time of the film.
- The Koopas, Yoshi, and the Goombas are unpleasant to look at.
- The original Super Mario Bros. theme is only used once in the entire film.
- This film can be scarry to a PG film sometimes.
- Luigi appears to be the protagonist in this film instead of Mario.
- The film ends on a shameless cliffhanger when Princess Daisy asks the Mario brothers for help and it's never revealed what.
- The funny scene where both Mario and Luigi say their real names; Mario Mario, and Luigi Mario.
- This film was the first to use the now-industry standard Autodesk Flame software for its special effects, which were considered groundbreaking at the time, and still look impressive today.
- The costumes are pretty good.
- Bob-Omb is cute and faithful to the games.
- The set designs, though too gritty and industrial for a Mario movie, still look fantastic.
- There are some funny moments here and there.
- The film's soundtrack has some surprisingly decent songs. Most notably, "Almost Unreal" by Roxette.
- Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo's performances are good and the two actors have good chemistry.
- Alan Silvestri does a good job composing the music, especially the opening theme.
- The film is considered so bad that it's good.
Super Mario Bros. has always been hated by critics and Mario fans, who praised the innovative special effects, creative artistic direction, and the performances of its actors, but criticized the confusing narrative, lack of similarity to the games and inconsistent tone. Nevertheless with the advent of the internet, it has gained a cult following under a "so bad, it's good" feel. Even many of the crew regretted making it. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 24% based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 4.02/10. The site's consensus states: "Despite flashy sets and special effects, Super Mario Bros. is too light on story and substance to be anything more than a novelty.". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "B+" on scale of A+ to F.
Since the film ends on a cliffhanger, there was going to be a sequel, but it was never made. However, an unofficial sequel does exist in the form of a webcomic.
- Tom Hanks was originally signed on for the role of Mario and Luigi, but was fired from the set during production.
- After the film was received negative reception and bombed at the box-office, Nintendo is no longer making movies for almost 24 years which they cancelled many live-action or animated movies based on their properties from The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Years later Nintendo announce to resume the movie business and team up with Universal Pictures and Illumination to make the upcoming Super Mario animated movie, Shigeru Miyamoto will co-produced and the film will be set to release in 2022.
- Nintendo and Universal is also made the theme park called Super Nintendo World based on Super Mario, while Donkey Kong and various Nintendo properties is planned.
- Danny Devito was considered the role for Mario.
- Kevin Costner, Michael Keaton and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all considered for Koopa.
- Some of the scenes from the trailer and promos was been alternated and removed from the final release. Later in 2019, SMB Movie Archive (the fan-site of this movie) found a VHS with all the deleted scenes on his Twitter, which he could possibly release in public and making the director's cut of the movie on Blu-ray in the future. Here are the scenes that were cut.
- It could have extended scene of Daisy's mother been chased by Koopa in the introduction.
- Mario and Luigi enter the Riverfront Café to prevent two guys who work with Scapelli (real names; Doug and Mike) where they steal the job since the Mario Bros. got the call first. It was the first deleted scene that was finally uploaded on YouTube by SMB Movie Archive.
- After Toad was transformed into Goomba, Koopa's technology accidentally sneezed at Koopa where he was been de-evolved by turn into slime. The scene was removed from the final cut until the slime still appeared on the floor was appeared out of nowhere making a continuity error. The deleted footage was later been founded and uploaded on YouTube with the special scene at the end of the human-like-lizard who throw the cigarette at Mario in the prison scene.
- Extended car chase scene from reaction shots of Mario and Luigi is about to get crashed by another car.
- Extended scene where Iggy and Spike told Koopa after he finish talking with Daisy, which it was shown in the trailer.
- Iggy and Spike's rap on the Boom Boom Bar.
- The ending is different after Mario and Luigi used the de-evolved gun at Koopa as it revealed his true appearance was Tyrannosaurus Rex/Human hybrid as the heroes quickly throw Bob-Omb at Koopa's mouth as it causing him to fall off the Bridge and exploding in little bits once as he hit the water.
- After Koopa was lead to his demise when he turns into slime, the pizza delivery person gives him a pizza.
- An adult film parody with Ron Jeremy, Super Hornio Brothers, was bought by Nintendo with the intent to destroy copies of it.