When the Mario brothers get sucked through a warp pipe into Mushroom Kingdom, Luigi (Charlie Day) finds himself captured and brought to Bowser (Jack Black)’s evil realm. In an attempt to rescue his brother, Mario (Chris Pratt) befriends Toad (Keegan-Michael Kay) who brings him to Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy). They all team up with Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) and together they prepare to fight off Bowser and his wicked plans to conquer the universe.
If you’ve played one of the many Nintendo-games from the past 30 years featuring everyone’s favourite moustachioed plumbers the above synopsis will sound quite familiar.
If not, it probably won’t have made much sense. But don’t worry about it. It’s completely irrelevant. The Super Mario Bros. Movie tells a straightforward story catered to young children but more importantly it offers an hour and a half of unadulterated fun so any preconceived apprehension can be discarded immediately. Your time will be well spent.
There are plenty of laughs to be had and there’s even a touching conclusion revolving around perseverance, courage and brotherhood (obviously). On top of that the animation is exquisite and chock-full of amusing little easter eggs and stylish design choices.
None of it will blow your mind with its novelty and depth but kids are guaranteed to have a blast and with the right mindset older siblings and parents (or just plain old video-game aficionados) are bound to have a good time as well. This was my eldest son’s second cinema experience and my youngest’s very first so it’s one I will personally cherish forever.
With a whopping revenue of 1.36 billion dollars at the global box office, this was one of the biggest hits of the year (surpassed only by Barbie). If you happen to be one of the few individuals who haven’t yet seen it, fret not. It’s available on Netflix or DVD in the
meanwhile. Let’s-a gooooo.