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Jul 16th 2012 at 7:08:46 PM

So, who else loves this film? Even though it has alsmot nil to do with the actual games, I always loved it as a kid, and now that I'm older, I see it for the absurdist masterpiece that it really is. What makes this movie so great is that it plays out like the realized product of a Darker and Edgier fake parody trailer, such as the ones made for Pac-Man or Angry Birds, but where those are just jokes, someone actually had the stones to make a real feature film about Mario where the Mushroom Kingdom is a cyberpunk dystopia and Yoshi gets stabbed. If this movie was released today, it would be hailed as a brilliant Deconstructive Parody of the Darker and Edgier Reboot trend. They really need to put out a Blu-Ray of it.

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Jul 16th 2012 at 7:12:09 PM

I think it's...amusing. I sort of hated it when it was younger and actually think it played better for me through the years.

There have been lots of hints I heard that the production was immensely troubled, which makes it more impressive.

I'll single out the production design and the score as a couple of my favorite aspects.

Jul 16th 2012 at 7:27:14 PM

[up] According to Bob Hoskins, the script got re-written so many times that the actors had no idea what the plot was when they were shooting and the only people who actually knew what the story was were the directors. Plus, it was overbudget and the shoot lasted way longer than was planned, so it's very impressive that it got made at all, let alone actually had a coherent (if completely insane) plot. Also, the score was done by Alan Silvestri, so it's no wonder that the music was so good. Not to mention "Open it up get on the floor, everybody do the dinosaur".

edited 16th Jul '12 7:28:17 PM by cfive

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Jul 16th 2012 at 7:55:58 PM

[up] I know.

Heard both the leads were very hammered as a coping mechanism.

Jul 16th 2012 at 8:07:03 PM

I've never heard that before, but considering the conditions they were working under, I believe it.

Jul 16th 2012 at 8:30:49 PM

I completely and utterly love this movie. It's just a fun romp.

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Jul 16th 2012 at 10:19:02 PM

I think one of them had a broken arm for a good portion of the filming time, too.

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Jul 16th 2012 at 11:41:55 PM

I've been wanting to watch this for a while. I was always fascinated by how this would be the first Video Game Movie and his troubled production.

Besides the premise of Mario and Luigi in a cyperpunk-esque world facing Dennis Hopper to save Daisy sounded pretty fun.

(Plus I always liked how this is the closest thing we could get to Luigi and Daisy being a couple)

Edit: I totally forgot about the 19th anniversary screenings. I'm surprised they didn't wait til next year so it could be the 20th anniversary.

edited 16th Jul '12 11:43:33 PM by JRPictures

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Jul 17th 2012 at 4:17:17 AM

Definitely a guilty pleasure.

Jul 17th 2012 at 9:46:46 AM

[up][up] You absolutely need to see it if you haven't already. The hilarious thing about Dennis Hopper being in the movie is that supposedly one of Shigeru Miyamoto's inspirations was Easy Rider. I'm not sure if anyone was aware of that when they cast the film, but it is a good bit of Fridge Brilliance.

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Jul 19th 2012 at 10:25:01 PM

Super Mario Bros is one of my favorite movies of all time. it's just fun as shit to watch.

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Jul 20th 2012 at 5:18:02 AM

The Gumba's are dancing again!

edited 20th Jul '12 5:18:12 AM by Merlanthe

Jul 20th 2012 at 1:17:35 PM

"Name? Mario. Last name? Mario. And you? Luigi. Luigi Luigi? No, Luigi Mario!"

So many great lines.

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Jul 20th 2012 at 6:38:26 PM

I like this film because it's So Bad, It's Good, long before the Nostalgia Critic reviewed it. Dennis Hopper's lines in that movie are so Narmy that it alone makes it worth watching. With that said, it opened me up to some of his better (and worse) movies.

"Plumber alert."

"An evil egg-sucking son of a snake. Did I lie?"

"See ya later, alligator."

"GOOMBA! (he says this six times in one scene, half of which for no reason.)"





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Jul 21st 2012 at 2:20:09 AM

I watched this when I was a kid, before even knowing what SMB was. I honestly liked it and I will probably like this now, if only for the nostalgia factor.

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Jul 22nd 2012 at 2:29:19 AM

Me. Honestly, I had no expectations for a Mario movie, so I took it for what it is.

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Aug 4th 2012 at 2:56:26 AM

Its good if you pretend it isn't a Mario movie.

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Aug 4th 2012 at 5:49:41 AM

[up]Or if you accept it's a Mario movie and proceed to not take it seriously for a second.

Well, at least that method works better for this movie than, say, Street Fighter The Legend Of Chun Li.

Aug 5th 2012 at 11:04:33 AM

I can't remember if this was a rumor or not, but is it true that the Mario and Luigi's Jerkass boss in the Brooklyn was initially planned to be Wario?

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Aug 5th 2012 at 1:11:20 PM

At that point, IIRC, the only game with Wario in it had been Game Boy's Super Mario Land 2.

Aug 5th 2012 at 2:40:30 PM

Mario's girlfriend Daniella was based off of Pauline; in the script her full name's Daniella Pauline Verducci.

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Aug 6th 2012 at 10:42:07 PM

It's a mess, but an amusing mess, like Dune.

What was the deal with making Big Bertha into a seven-foot latina BBW?

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Aug 7th 2012 at 4:01:10 AM

[up]Well, when the Mushroom Kingdom is turned into a cyberpunk city, there's not much room for giant fish, ya know?

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Aug 7th 2012 at 12:51:58 PM

[up] Not only that, no water. :P

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