The Super Mario Bros. movie actually looks amazing

The latest trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie sparked the hype surrounding the animated blockbuster and then some. With a plethora of Easter eggs, new characters, and memorable moments, this trailer has audiences convinced that this controversial video game movie will be Hollywood’s next big thing.

Though many people slammed this film before it even premiered, everything the studio has shared so far seems to have sent all that hate and doubt down the drain. Here are reasons why The Super Mario Bros. Movie will have moviegoers cheering when it premieres in 2023.

The humor

That’s to be expected from Illumination, the studio that brought the world hilarious visuals like Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets. Just like the film’s first trailer, the second sneak peek features plenty of comedic moments, such as when Mario fumbles through an obstacle course, Donkey Kong knocks him unconscious, and a Cheep-Cheep tries to eat his face.

But Mario isn’t the only one making jokes in this strange new world. Many viewers must have laughed as Bowser ripped off a piece of Luigi’s mustache. All these hysterical moments will surely make the audience watch and laugh.

The world building

Toads looking at a map in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

The film does an excellent job of bringing the Mushroom Kingdom and the many worlds beyond to the big screen. This is evident in the shot of Peach’s map showing the various realms that make up her world. These realms include one where Donkey Kong and his friends live and another where Yoshis roam free.

Peach also mentions that there is a “huge universe” with “many galaxies,” suggesting the film will build an even bigger sequel on top of it Super Mario Galaxy (so it’s a safe bet that Rosalina will appear in a post-credits scene).

The optics are excellent

Cheep Cheep on a bridge in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

When creating a computer-generated movie, each shot needs to be planned out down to the pixel, and Nintendo and Illumination didn’t disappoint. The film’s creators have given audiences many stunning images of its colorful and fantastical worlds, from the wonderfully strange Mushroom Kingdom to Bowser’s flying lava ship.

It all looks like Mario and the audience have landed in a similar animated realm The Wizard of Oz, and the detail that goes into each frame is a master class in animation. With this, Illumination proves that it is a studio that can really take on Disney and Pixar.

Princess Peach is a scene thief

Princess Peach in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Rather than being the damsel in distress as usual, the film’s version of Princess Peach is a strong warrior monarch trying to defend her kingdom from Bowser and his army. She accompanies Mario and Toad on their journey to defeat the King of the Koopas, while Mario’s brother Luigi seems to be the one who needs saving instead.

The incomparable Anya-Taylor Joy (currently starring in the thriller satire The menu) sums up Peach’s voice in this film, conveying her graceful majesty as a princess and her fiery spirit as a warrior leader. While Mario is the main protagonist of this film, it seems like Peach will be the real shining star.

It’s an homage to other games

Mario and friends race down rainbow road in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

This film is gaming fanservice at its finest, and the trailer shows that this time the filmmakers had great respect for the source material Mario is adapting. It contains several references to the classic games, with heroes receiving power-ups such as the Tanooki suit and the Fire Flower.

Mario and Donkey Kong engage in a fight that looks straight forward Super Smash Bros. Mario practices on an obstacle course that looks like it’s built in Super Mario Maker. The trailer also ends with the heroes in a driving down Rainbow Road crazy max-Style Exodus exactly as in Mario Kart.

Mario’s voice is actually pretty good

Mario in fighting stance in

A lot of people have complained about Chris Pratt voicing Mario in this movie, especially after hearing his character’s voice in the first trailer. But the second trailer gave audiences a bigger taste of Pratt’s take on the mustachioed hero, and many fans warmed to it quickly.

Instead of the stereotypical Italian accent that Mario is known for, Pratt plays the character with a more grounded Brooklyn accent, and that suits him well. But the way Pratt says “Let’s-a-go” and “Wahoo” proves his Mario is still the brave and cheerful plumber gamers know and love. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a film by a few seconds of dialogue.

To see Mario and his friend on the big screen, see The Super Mario Bros. Moviein theaters April 23, 2023.

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