Super Mario Bros – Tamara’s Never Seen

Tamara finally saw the Super Mario Bros movie. Does she hold the same opinion on it that the Nostalgia Critic holds?

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  1. I have always wanted to see this stupid movie. I can’t say the same about next week.

    • It’s good to see as a “so bad it’s good” novelty…

      But some of us actually paid money to see this as kids and were massively confused and angry leaving the theaters.

      The only good thing about this movie is how it makes you appreciate the simple fun of classic Super Mario games.

  2. Daisy was around since the first Gameboy game, not that it saves any of this from being a bizarre, botched mess. Somehow, the movie would have been darker and had even less to do with Mario if the original directors had their way.

    “It was a f*ckin’ nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! F*ckin’ nightmare. F*ckin’ idiots.” -Bob Hoskins

  3. When this came out, I did wonder how they were going to make a fim about a guy jumping on some turtles, then escaping biting flowere emanting from the sewer.

    Got this bizarre film instead. Which I didn’t hate. Was OK to me. Nothing spectacular, but definitely watchable, and entertaining for what it was.

  4. When say you were hoping they’d really use the games world and characters I thought, “Oh boy are you for a letdown!” And yes, your reaction was EXACTLY what I was expecting.

    I sort of remember liking this a little when was a kid, but aside from the Gumba’s which are still kind of amusing it’s a little hard to explain why.

    The rifftrax for this movie is hilarious. I think my favorite line was “It’s up to you ba-ba-bomb. Your the only thing is this movie that looks like it does in the game.”

  5. If it helps Bob Hoskins admitted he was drunk half the time just to get through making the film.

  6. From the thumbnail I thought you were going to do Drop Dead Fred! Hey wait, have you seen that one? If not you should add that to the list; two of my friends even dressed up as characters from it this Halloween!

    I actually liked this movie – still have the VHS proudly displayed on my shelf – but I always realized I’m very much in the minority for it. Here’s the thing, I don’t like it as a Mario movie. I think they had some great set designs and ideas, but they should have just made their own characters instead. I absolutely can’t fault anyone for not liking the movie!

    I also liked the part where they described their names, because it perfectly explains why they’re called “The Mario Brothers”. Of course their last name has to be Mario! It works as a joke in the “Who’s on first?” style, so if you don’t like that type of humor then I could see not digging it. I think Luigi saying Mario was all of those different relations just meant that Mario took care of him and raised him from a little Baby Luigi. I’ve known a few people who say similar things, so I never even thought twice about that line.

    The king turning back to normal actually makes a ton of sense, since that’s straight out of the castle levels in Super Mario Bros 3, one of the few parts they got directly from the games!

    Oh, and I think the villain was supposed to be Bowser since about half of us at the time called him “King Koopa”, since that was his name in the instruction booklet.

  7. To be fair to the movie, His name really is Mario Mario.

  8. I recall watching this as a kid and just being confused, as it had so little to do with the Mario games I grew up playing. I remember being excited seeing the Bob omb, as it’s bizarrely the single thing in the film that actually resembles anything from the games.

    Anyway, I think it’s because of this movie that we’ll probably never see a live action Zelda or Metroid film. Not that those would be any easier to adapt, but I still think there’s potential, if given to the right creative teams.

  9. You deserve a purple heart for sitting through that mess. If you wanna see a good! Mario movie. Try finding “Super Mario Brothers the Great mission to Rescue Princess Peach” just be prepared to fan rage at the ending.

  10. To this day, have they really made a “great” video game movie?
    Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider are about as close as they got.

    Yes, the acting is good because they managed to attach some really fantastic actors to this turd.

    Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha Mathis, and Dennis Hopper are all fantastic character actors. Too bad this movie was created by people that had no interest in the property.

  11. Princess Daisy was introduced in the Gameboy Super Mario Land.

    • Speaking of Video Game Movies, I hear that they’re working on a Red Dead Redemption movie. John Marston is going to be a Benedictine monk trying to save the earth from space aliens.

  12. To be fair, the “Mario Mario” and “Luigi Mario” joke was also used on The Super Mario Brothers Super Show, and those live action sequences starring Lou Albano and Danny Wells aged far better than anything from this film.

    This movie might work for some if one tries to think of it as it’s own separate entity, but as a Mario Brothers movie it completely fails because it barely resembles the game franchise that it’s allegedly based on.

    As I see it, the film’s problem was that the producers tried much too hard to make the film suitable for a live action universe when the film should have been animated. It could have looked like a really long cut scene from one of the games. There are three rules when it comes to doing Super Mario Brothers in live action:

    1. Don’t.
    2. Please don’t.
    3. Seriously, just don’t.

    The game franchise has it’s own detailed lore and all of these fantastic elements, and the movie doesn’t use a single one of them.

  13. Mario being his first and last name actually does make sense when you think about it. They are the Mario Brothers after all.

  14. The problem is when they made this movie the franchise was only a few years old and hadn’t had many details filled in, and obviously the writers missed the Japanese mythological inspiration. King Koopa was a KAPPA, a japanese monster known as a kind of turtle vampire, and they made him a T-Rex because big reptile man right?

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