Video Game Movies – Blockbuster Buster

ERod travels from one Bad Video Game Movie to the other taking Revenge on behalf of Gamers Everywhere.

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  1. TragicGuineaPig

    I heard they were going to make a movie about Skyrim. It was going to be about a Polish carpenter fighting robot Nazis in outer space.

  2. Why does the birthplace of the actor who played Raiden matter? It has nothing to do with how the character was written for the movie or performance given by the actor. Erod went from talking about their personality to a purely superficial quality.

    For that matter why would a god physically resemble its humans followers?

    • Why does every Amazon in the new Wonder Woman movie sound like Gal Godot, because she’s a bad actress that can’t change her native accent, while every single other actress hired to be an amazon in that movie can.

      • I don’t think she’s even from Themyscira.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        Your comment reminds me of a classic memo a TV executive once wrote–“A martian wouldn’t say that!” What exactly would an Amazonian accent sound like?

        • IT’s an american film so I’d wager any number of american accents? but that’s not the point I was making, the point I was making was that when you put an actor with limited acting chops in a relatively prominent role you either hire good actors to not making him/her sound or look out of place, or you do your best to limit his screen time. Raiden wears clothing inspired by mainland china tradition garb and a hat inspired by Asian straw hats. When they put Christopher Lambert in the role of Raiden… well they shot themselves in the foot.

          As for Godot, my point was that since she’s not a, I dunno, Emma Thompson, they had to make sure the other actresses could keel up with her, as opposed to everybody meeting in the middle. Not only did the movie spin around WW, the production had to around Godot.

          As for what should amazonians sound like, well, nothing really, they’re not real, but if you must, I’d imagine they’d should like either ancient Greek or ancient Samaritan. And since the culture in the comics in movies is Greek I’d personally go with Greek, as opposed to a modern Israeli dialect of hebrew.

          • Snorgatch Pandalume

            Exactly. Amazons (at least this variety) are a made-up race. Ergo, they can have any accent the director wants them to have.

    • TragicGuineaPig

      Personally, I’m of the opinion that what should matter is whether the actor is able to capture the essence of the character. In this case, I’m not so sure Connor McLeod was up to the task, but that’s just my opinion. Maybe they couldn’t get Mako.

      • I agree completely. That should have been the complaint in this video. I guess the other two examples could have been well acted if not hampered by bad writing. But all ERod says about the character of Rayden is that he’s from Japan and the actor isn’t.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        I liked Christopher Lambert as Raiden. He was certainly more fun than James Remar. Of course, I never played the game, so I don’t know what Raiden is supposed to be like.

    • Why would a god physically resemble its human followers…? Um. Try this very ancient line: “So God created man in his own image.” -Genesis 1:27. It’s the other way around (even with Zeus in the Wonder Woman movie: Zeus created mankind in his image).

      Or, alternatively, the gods DON’T actually resemble their follower’s physical form but borrow it to appear in a shape their follower’s minds can recognize and relate to.

      Either one works.

      • God created man in his own image and yet people from Switzerland and people from Japan are distinct in appearance. Alternatively Rayden chose to look like Christopher Lambert because that appearance was relateable to the others in the tournament.

        Either way, it doesn’t answer why Rayden can’t look like a guy from Switzerland instead of a guy from Japan.

        • First of all God didn’t created humanity on his own image in literal way. This sentence referee to the souls.

          But outside that.. Rayden isn’t Japanese! So why the hell he would look like Japanese? He pick that image just because he did.

    • Because trying hard to be not racist usually leads to being extremely racist.

  3. IMO first Mortal Kombat movie is actually enjoyable and faithful movie adaption of fighting game as possible. I also found first Tomb Raider movie as well as Prince of Persia movie to be decent but then again I am not fan of either so i have no connection to games that those are based on. Then of course there is Warcraft movie that while it was not very good least it was pretty good attempt to make fantasy movie based on real time strategy game.

    • The first Mortal Kombat movie was fun and financially successful. No reason to bust it. The SECOND one on the other hand…

    • Chicken Puppet

      Haven’t seen Prince of Persia movie, but agree about the first Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider movies. Those are probably the two best adaptations to date. Both being semi-faithful to the source material and neither are great films, but they can be fun and watchable camp.

  4. I haven’t seen a lot of video game movies but I’ve liked the ones I’ve seen like Prince of Persia (but I haven’t played the games) and Assassin’s Creed (but again, I haven’t played the games). Although, I don’t care about characters being relatable or deep but I will agree that I want characters to be likable.

  5. Chicken Puppet

    1 minute in, and I have to ask:Can we please stop shitting on the Super Mario Bros movie? It was a terrible, confused, mess of a film…BUT:

    A) We have shat on it enough, it’s all been said, done, spoofed and riffed.

    B) It’s been almost 25 years and video games were more abstract then, and there was no blueprint at the time

    C) There are much worse video game movies (thanks Uwe Boll) and now they have years of failures to not learn from.

  6. Chicken Puppet

    Erod talks about getting the characters wrong and not likable and uses Tomb Raider as an example.

    Sadly, the Tomb Raider movie probably came the closest to nailing the character’s look and personality than almost any other video game film. If you’ve only played the reboot games that came after the films, you might think that they got her wrong, but in the original games, Laura was aloof, fearless, vindictive, and kind of a Mary Sue.

  7. I left after the super mario bros. opening statement : “they’re two italian plumbers-” no.
    No they’re not.

    I could go on and on about how the super mario bros. series is, at its core, 100% a video game with NO CONCERN WHATSOEVER for story, and how all the DESIGN choices made to represent the MECHANICS are all gameplay-driven (mario has a mustache for the simple reason that we could discern his head from his body. Same goes for his clothes. Etc.)
    Long story short, He goes throught pipes because, unconciously, the player WILL WANT to go inside of a pipe-shaped structure. And he’s called mario because… who cares? It’s the first name shigeru miyamoto came up with (in addition of being, if I’m not mistaken, a play on word with miyamoto’s name).

    tl;dr : they’re not italian. They never were italian. They’ll never be italian.
    SMB is purely a GAMING franchise. Show me WHERE, in the SUPER MARIO PLATFORMING franchise, it is said that mario and/or luigi are italian.
    (I’ll spare you the trouble: nowhere.)
    BUT, people juste NEED to fill in blanks in narration with what they feel is right: “oh, he’s called Mario and he goes through pipes? Well he MUST be an italian plumber then!”
    NO HE’S NOT.
    WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE?

    THAT. RIGHT THERE. THAT’S how you get a bad video game movie: when you get attached to a lore that doesn’t even exist in the first place, and try roll with it and make a coherent story.
    If you want to make a good mario movie, focus on what MAKES mario: the gameplay mechanics. Make it a story about running around and jumping everywhere. SIMPLE.

    • Chicken Puppet

      I think you’re on the right track, but off on a few things. The legend is that the Mario sprites from Donkey Kong looked like an employee at Nintendo of America named Mario, but he was originally going to be called Jumpman.

      They’re actually more like municipal sewer workers in Mario Bros. In Mario’s first game Donkey Kong, Mario is not specified to be a construction worker, just a blue collar guy saving a girl from a giant ape on a construction site.

    • TragicGuineaPig

      The fact that their names are Mario and Luigi might be a clue. What’s more, the connected Super Mario Bros. Super Show, as well as several subsequent materials, heavily imply that they are Italian. The real problem with the movie isn’t the nationality of the actors vs. the ethnicity of the characters, but rather that the movie doesn’t even attempt to reflect the premise of the game, which is heavily inspired by Wonderland.

      Frankly, I don’t think the premise of the game would make a good movie plot at all, but for them to not even try!

      Come to think of it, maybe they should have gotten Captain Lou Albano and that other guy to play the roles in the film. It would have made more sense.

      • Again, nothing in the actual source material, a.k.a the super mario platforming game franchise (super mario bros., super mario world, super mario land, new super mario bros., super mario 64, super mario sunshine or super mario galaxy) says anything about them being italian.
        Litteraly all we know is that they are called Mario and Luigi, and that’s it.
        But the fact REMAINS that people just COULDN’T let all the blanks go and tried to put meaning in everything.
        Which, funny enough, just made everything EVEN MORE nonsensical.
        What sense does it make that a human plumber from Italy would be living in a fantasy world where he obtains super power whenever he enters in contact with specific objects and-just WHAT?
        OF COURSE you cannot make a good movie out of that: IT’S NOT EVEN IN THE GAME TO BEGIN WITH.
        MORE than that: it’s not WHAT THE GAME IS ABOUT.
        The game is about GAMEPLAY.
        There’s a feeble story about saving a princess, because that’s a basic plot that everybody can get behind, but that’s IT.

        The interest always was in the GAME, never in the story.
        The blocs, the goombas, the flagpoles, the coins: everything makes sense… from a GAMEPLAY point of view.

        Now, if you want to make a MOVIE based of super Mario, simple:
        “Mario saves the princess by running around and jumping everywhere.”
        THERE.
        There is NO NEED for explanations or origin stories, because there’s NONE OF THAT in the ACTUAL GAMES.

        And that’s something you got to have in mind EVERYTIME you try to adapt a video game:
        If you want to be true to the game, do not tell the story.
        Tell the GAMEPLAY.
        YES. IT’S SUPER HARD.
        But MAYBE we’ll finally end up having GOOD movies for a change.

        • TragicGuineaPig

          Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in interviews that, when he was working on the original Mario Bros. (a game I note you conveniently left off your list), he decided that Mario was an Italian plumber who lived in New York. You can argue with me if you want, but I dare you to tell Mr. Miyamoto that he’s wrong about his own creation. Since Channel Awesome filters links, I suggest you search “USA Today Miyamoto”. But here are Miyamoto’s own words:

          “As a kid, I was a big comic fan and I liked foreign comics as well. So I drew some characters that had more western type features with a little bigger noses and what not. Now with Mario, I think with Mario Bros. we had a setting of course that was underground, so I just decided Mario is a plumber. Let’s put him in New York and he can be Italian. There was really no other deep thought other than that.” (USA Today 11-10-2010).

          Miyamoto says they’re Italian. End of story.

          Furthermore, in the CDI game “Hotel Mario”, Mario and Luigi are portrayed as stereotypical Italians who are hungry for spaghetti. And while you might so flippantly exclude extraneous media adaptations, just remember: the CDI game was endorsed by Nintendo. And that’s not even counting all the game commercials in which the characters spoke with stereotypical Italian accents. Seems to me that, even without Miyamoto’s explicit statement above, it’s extremely hard to make any kind of argument that denies that Mario and Luigi are Italian.

          • Honestly, it’s really a shame that they were able to sign on really great actors like Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and Samantha Mathis to what they probably thought was going to be this “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” style wacky romp…

            But like I said, the issues with this movie have been belabored and pored over for decades.

            Personally, I think Hoskins and Leguizamo play blue collar New York plumbers quite well, they’re both really good character actors.

          • TragicGuineaPig

            As I have said elsewhere, I don’t think the real issue is their ethnicity, but rather how well they capture the essence of the characters. Hoskins made a decent enough Mario; I didn’t think Leguzamo made a good Luigi, though. But that probably has more to do with writing, casting, and directing than anything wrong on his part. Did he even have a mustache? I can’t remember.

            The real problem with the film overall is that they didn’t even understand (or care) about the basic premise of the games: magical pipes in New York which lead to a monster-infested Wonderland-type place. To use my example above, it’s like if somebody were trying to make a movie about Skyrim, but set it in space with robot Nazis.

        • TragicGuineaPig

          You might want to notice that I never used the term “Story” in my post. Why? Because I realize that the stories in the games are tenuous at best. Which is why I chose the word “premise”. But just because the stories were tenuous does not mean they were nonexistent; they just weren’t the focus. However, film is not an interactive medium; it is a storytelling medium; you can’t just make a film about some guy jumping on walking mushrooms; you need more of a narrative. But adapting the game into a movie shouldn’t have been that hard: a couple of Italian plumbers find a mysterious pipe that transports them to a Wonderland-type world controlled by a giant monster. To solidify his control, the monster has kidnapped the princess, and the only way the brothers can get home is to confront the monster and rescue the princess. Simple. Cut. Print.

  8. ERod makes some good points.

    Just not the best ways of displaying or explaining them.

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