Illumination and Nintendo is not a pair I would have thought of a few years ago, but now it just makes sense. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is bright, colorful and crisp in its animation and is a film that the whole family will find thrilling and fun. In my no-spoilers review I breakdown the plot, the peril and the PG rating.
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Movie Review: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
WARNING: Upon viewing this movie you're sure to have "Peaches" stuck in your had for a day or two.
Finally a family movie everyone can enjoy. I found that the last half of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 were really lacking in the family-friendly film department. The Super Mario Bros. Movie was exactly what I was looking for, and more!
In a nutshell, the star-studded cast is incredible in their assigned roles, music is used perfectly throughout the film, the animation is colorful and crisp and the Nintendo references are plentiful. If you need more, I've got more - scroll on for my more in-depth review.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is available to own on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review | The Plot
The plot is easy to follow. Mario wants to make a name for himself (and his brother) by doing something BIG for his hometown. The duo end up on an adventure down two very different paths, leaving Mario on a quest to reunite with Luigi.
Mario's journey requires him to enlist the help from Princess Peach and Donkey Kong as they face off against Bowser.
It is made very clear, like within the first two minutes of the movie, that Bowser is the bad guy. This gives kids an easy villain to identify and a clear hero to root for, Mario.
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review | The Peril
Our heroes are in peril in varying degrees throughout the movie. They face off against the bad guy, Bowser and his army, they come dangerously close to metal melting flames, and they are chased by skeleton turtles. All in a days work for the bros, right?
None of the peril is too terrifying though the skeleton turtles scene may be a bit scary for little ones who have a fear of skeletons. This scene, while short, features these characters chasing Luigi and at one point they have flames for eyes. Just something to be mindful of as you're watching. This encounter happens just after we see the brothers go through the Warp Pipe.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review | The PG Rating
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is rated PG by the MPAA for mild violence and action.
The mild violence here is obviously of the cartoon-nature meaning our main hero goes rounds against Donkey Kong, gets knocked around and is ultimately fine. No blood, no guts, but certainly lots of glory!
The action is, for lack of a better phrasing, video game action. There is some use of weaponry and a few fast chase scenes.
Language wise, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is very mild. No true curse word is said but you will hear "dumb", "stupid" and "idiot".
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review | My Final Thoughts
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I know my husband and kids did as well. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a perfect family movie night movie. With a run time just a hair over 90 minutes, the pace of the film is quick and there is a great mix of Easter Eggs for the adults in the room and easy laughs for the kids.
The music in the film is a *chef's kiss* with lots of 80's hits like "Holding Out for a Hero", "No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn" and of course the song that I'm sure will be nominated for an Oscar (and no I'm not kidding) performed by half of Tenacious D, "Peaches", a true 80's power ballad written in 2023.
Age recommendation: 3+
Even though this film has a PG rating, I think it is suitable for "general audiences" given the tame action and violence and the nonexistent language.
If your family enjoys the Despicable Me franchise I believe you'll also really like The Super Mario Bros. Movie - even if you've never played a Super Mario game in your life.