saw this with the kids (8 and 6) over the weekend. they both absolutely loved it. so did the other kids there. the movie seems very aware that its core audience is people who grew up with the NES and SNES, taking their kids who are now obsessed with the Switch. obviously you should not expect this movie to be surprising or interesting in any way. it panders a ton and made me groan a few times but it was fun.
yes it is sort of an "origin story" but really it's not much of a story at all. the plot is so thin and cliche that you kinda know everything that's gonna happen ahead of time. doesn't matter much though since the plot isn't really the point. like there are scenes where Mario looks all sad and says stuff like "oh my Dad never believed in me either" but they last about 15 seconds and the next thing you know he's jumping around again. you do get to see Mario's Dad, by the way. anyway, it's very colorful and there are tons of action scenes that really do feel like a video game. parts of it are like a glorified version of someone speedrunning Mario 64. if you can see it in 3-D you should.
the thing I couldn't stop thinking about was how absolutely nonsensical the entire movie would seem if you somehow were not familiar with the Mario games. I mean basically every single thing that happens here is a reference to one of the games. I would really love to see an older person who never gave a shit about video games see this and then try to describe the plot later. they'd probably think it was one of the strangest movies they'd ever seen.
as for the voice acting I thought it was pretty good. you kinda forget you're listening to Chris Pratt. you definitely do NOT forget you're listening to Charlie Day and most of the time he was speaking I was thinking about It's Always Sunny. Jack Black does a little song and it's kinda funny. the rest...whatever. I really don't see why they had to use famous people for this. like this is one of the biggest IPs on the planet who gives a shit if Seth Rogan is in it. actually it is a little distracting because nearly every voice in it, not just the main characters, is someone who you kinda recognize. like you know how in 90s animation it was the same few people doing all the minor characters? its like that here too.
anyway. I had fun.
― frogbs, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 18:32 (five months ago) link
Is there a Kuribo’s Shoe appearance?
― Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 11 April 2023 19:25 (five months ago) link
Saw this on Friday night, had a good time, mostly because my kids were having so much fun and it was a packed theatre with a mix of kids and nintendo nerds who were all very enthusiastic. That bowser song got a lot of laughs.
― silverfish, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 21:12 (five months ago) link
The whole thing of animated movies using big name actors has always been a pretty contentious issue in the voice acting community; I sometimes listen to VA interview podcast I Hear Voices and the subject comes up quite a lot. Do kids really care if it’s Angelina Jolie voicing a fish?
― Duane Barry, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 22:30 (five months ago) link