This is part 1 in a series of movies released in America that are based off popular video games. I saw these mostly as video rentals from when I was growing up and some in theatres when I was an adult. The results weren’t always as bad as their reputation suggests. Here we go!
Mario Brothers (1993)
It’s logical that the biggest video game would be turned into a theatrically released movie. By 1993 anyone that played home video games knew who Mario was. He became the mascot for Nintendo.
I will totally acknowledge that this movie is a mess. It feels like a movie where the script went through several different writers and revisions. The story tries to stick too closely to the video game, which is pretty insane considering the game was about plumber saving a princess from a demon turtle.
The great UK actor Bob Hoskins is cast as Italian plumber Mario.
Colombian born actor/comedian John Leguizamo is Luigi (sans mustache).
and legendary Dennis Hopper starred as the monster turtle villain named King Koopa.
Obviously the reason people went to see SUPER MARIO BROTHERS was because of the video game. So to that target audience, it didnt matter who was cast, who was writing the movie, who was producing, and who was directing. They just wanted to be entertained. Entertain us! that’s what they must have shouted in their minds. It makes sense as the movie is based off a pure form of entertainment, video games.
I started this article with the intent to defend the movie in a way, to explain why I enjoy watching it from time to time. As a reminder of an era where studios began making movies strictly for the under 21 crowd. But then I was reminded of the passing of Bob Hoskins, and a majority of the idiots on the internet show their sorrow using pics from WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and this movie. That was a reminder that his amazing acting career had been reduced to kids movies. That made me furious.
So super fuck you to anyone who used SUPER MARIO BROTHERS or WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT as reference points when Bob Hoskins passed away. That is such ignorant bullshit. He was so much more than this kid movie garbage! Fuck WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and fuck SUPER MARIO BROTHERS!!!!
Go fucking see THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY!!
or MONA LISA!!
obligatory SUPER MARIO BROTHERS trailer… bur really, see the other movies first…..