Mario and Luigi leap onto the big screen in highly anticipated “Super Mario Bros.” movie

The poster for The Super Mario Bros. Movie featuring Mario and the gang while the evil Bowser looms behind them.

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The poster for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” featuring Mario and the gang while the evil Bowser looms behind them.

By Vaughn Malamut, Online Editor

The long-awaited “Super Mario Bros” movie has finally hit theaters, bringing to life one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan and produced by Nintendo, this live-action adaptation has been eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide. 

“Super Mario Bros” follows the adventures of Mario (played by Chris Pratt) and Luigi (played by Charlie Day), two Italian-American plumbers who find themselves transported to the Mushroom Kingdom. There, they must save Princess Peach (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) from the villain Bowser (played by Jack Black) and his minions. Along the way, Mario encounters familiar characters from the video games.

After Luigi was captured by Bowser and his minions, Mario teams up with Princess Peach to rescue Luigi and bring peace to the Mushroom Kingdom.

The visual effects in “Super Mario Bros” are nothing short of spectacular. From the stunning landscapes of the Mushroom Kingdom to the thrilling action sequences, the film brings the iconic video game world to life on the big screen. The CGI characters, including Mario, Luigi, and the various creatures of the Mushroom Kingdom, are incredibly comparable to their video game counterparts, with intricate details and vibrant colors. 

The action sequences are fast-paced and visually thrilling, with Mario and Luigi’s acrobatics and power-ups reminiscent of the beloved video game franchise. Overall, the visual effects in “Super Mario Bros” are a standout aspect of the film. 

However, this movie does things differently than other movies by Nintendo. Viewers learn about Mario and Luigi’s fictional background of Brooklyn, New York. Before they were teleported to this fictional world, they were plumbers trying to save Brooklyn’s problems.

The cast of “Super Mario Bros” delivers solid performances, bringing the beloved video game characters to life. Chris Pratt captures Mario’s jumpy and heroic nature, while Charlie Day provides comic relief as the clumsy but lovable Luigi. Anya Taylor-Joy shines as Princess Peach, portraying her as a strong and independent character. Jack Black brings his trademark humor to the role of Bowser, and the supporting cast, including Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, add depth and personality to their respective characters. The chemistry between the actors is clear, and their performances help make this movie an enjoyable experience.

“Super Mario Bros” gives fans the nostalgia they were looking for when purchasing tickets. From the plot, to the characters, to the setting, to the items, it was a perfect representation of all the video games that Nintendo has created over the years. Fans even get to see a glimpse of Rainbow Road from the iconic Mario Kart videogames.

In the end, “Super Mario Bros” is a movie that everyone should watch no matter if they are a fan of Nintendo or the characters. The movie captures multiple ages and audiences. Young kids are amazed by the film and even teenagers and millennials love it due to the nostalgia.