The Super Mario Bros. Movie


The Super Mario Bros. Movie is based on the popular ‘90s video game series and tells the story of a pair of Brooklyn plumbers who also happen to be brothers: brave Mario and the more reserved Luigi. When we meet them, Mario and Luigi are trying to find ways to keep their struggling plumbing business afloat. While exploring the city’s sewer system, they stumble across the secret entrance to the Mushroom Kingdom, a magical place where they will discover the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way we’ll encounter a host of familiar, lovable characters, all of whom will have to band together to defeat the power-hungry villain, Bowser.

I never seem to grow tired of animated family entertainment and, after hearing positive feedback on this film, I was all in for the chance to review it. It is a wonderfully spun adventure that teems with clever expression, opportune social commentary and resonant messages that speak to the bonds of friendship and brotherly love that hit home without mawkishness. I enjoyed the numerous references to the classic Nintendo game as well as the popular music of its time, both adding depth to the damsel-saving quest.

The narrative can be a bit trite and perhaps more than a little corny, but it doesn’t strive to be anything more than an amusing romp. I found its slapstick, situational humor and heartwarming sentiment to be delightful. While not among my favorite animated films, I had a good time with The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

The differences between the 4K and 1080p versions are appreciable, as there is an increase in fine texture, especially in the physical makeup of the characters and the backgrounds. The image has excellent visual pop via the expanded color gamut and the high dynamic range which draws out the film’s varied chromatic palette and use of contrast. Whites are gradational and bright and the monochromatic grays, blues, and blacks featured in the sequences with limited lighting are multi-staged and dimensional in appearance.

The Dolby Atmos sound is moderately active with respect to its use of the height channels, which was a bit disappointing. In general, the mix effectively places cues throughout the soundstage. Dynamic range and bass are adequate but underwhelming. I wouldn’t regard this a commanding Atmos listening experience, but it gets the job done.

Bonus features include a six-part “making of,” cast interviews and a pair of fun featurettes in addition to a singalong lyric video. An HD Blu-ray disc and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code complete this set.

STUDIO: Universal, 2023
HDR FORMAT: HDR10, Dolby Vision
AUDIO FORMAT: Dolby Atmos with TrueHD 7.1 core
LENGTH: 93 mins.
DIRECTOR: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
STARRING: Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen

Traveler's picture

Should of been called the Princess Peach Movie but it's still pretty fun.

Tom Janicky's picture

I just had the most incredible time watching 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie'! As a lifelong fan of the franchise, I couldn't have been happier with how faithfully they brought these beloved characters to life on the big screen. The animation was top-notch, and the voice acting was spot on. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane, filled with humor and heart. Whether you're a Mario fan from way back or a newcomer to the Mushroom Kingdom, this movie is an absolute must-watch. It's a delightful adventure that captures the essence of what makes Mario and his friends so iconic. Bravo to the entire team behind this fantastic film

afternoonwrithe's picture

As a Mario fan, I really enjoyed this movie. Mario is a character that grew up with my childhood. When I was a kid, I used to play The Super Mario Bros Movie on scratchgames, which made me extremely excited. This movie was really successful, now being the story of Mario in the mushroom kingdom. Mario and his friends are really adorable. Princess Peach is very beautiful. This movie is very good, the image is really beautiful, the sound brings me back to the memories of the 80s. This is really a movie worth watching!

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