Alright, let me say this outright. The Super Mario Bros movie is not a great film.
Depending on who you ask, the movie is either the worst example of Adaptation Decay
this side of Uwe Boll
, or a decent, if not entertaining movie that has nothing to do with the Mario series.
I'm going to try and review this movie objectively:
STORY: D/B+ (YMMV)
The plot is absolutely ridiculous. It involves two brothers trying to rescue a girl who's been kidnapped by people evolved from dinosaurs looking for a meteor fragment in an alternate future so a maniacal dictator can "Fuse the Timelines" because he wasted all of the world's water. And he has a devolution gun that turns people into giant cavemen. This is so many levels of stupid that it can be used as a lightning rod during a storm. It's so absolutely ridiculous that it's either completely hilarious or utterly stupid.
Well... they arn't bad
per se, but they arn't what you expect from a Mario movie. The Mario series isn't known for character development, but the cast ranges from They Just Didnt Care
(I'm looking at you, Bowser
) to just a little bit... off
. Actually, Luigi is the one that most resembles his Canon counterpart. Still, at their best, the actors are goofy enough to pull it off.
This is probably the movie's best aspect. Pity it has nothing to do with the games. Much of the setpieces (especially Dinohattan,) are extremely well put together, conveying the Crapsackyness
of the world without getting too bogged down. This is rather fitting, as David L. Snyder (famous for his work on Blade Runner
) designed most of these scenes. There are a few waek areas, however, such as Koopa Tower, but these are rare and far between. Again though, aside from a few small touches, there is absolutely nothing evocative of the Mario series.
RELATION TO CANON: F+
Aside from the Mario Bros, pretty much everything is either In Name Only
or totally made up. Bowser, Goombas, Toad... you name it, they've mangled it. There are a few more obscure refrences dotted about the movie, but again; few and far in between.
If you like watching So Bad Its Good
movies (or at least making fun of them), then you are going to love this one. Otherwise, don't bother.