A plumber named Mario (Chris Pratt) travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. It’s a feature film adaptation of the popular video game.

A leaping plumber named Mario from a magical kingdom filled with mushroom people and rolling hills and floating blocks becomes human in modern-day Boston, and gains a big belly. Struggling with his new body, he drags his friends Peach, Luigi and Toad into the real world as well. They have an adventure that consists of a number of smaller adventures strung together, much like the original video game, including one that pits them against an elderly, bearded old lizard with a dad bod, named Bowser.

Its heritage is a bit complex. According to the movie’s own IMDB page, it’s a “feature adaptation of the fan fiction of the 1992 unlicensed 2 season miniseries based on the licensed 3 season miniseries based on the popular video game series.” Wow.

Featuring Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Jack Black as Bowser.

The Super Mario Bros. Film is produced by Christopher Meledandri, directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, with screenplay by Matthew Fogel, and with an orchestral score by Brian Tyler.

The new film is brought to you by Illumination, the same production company that makes the Despicable Me / Minions movies. It opens in theaters on April 7, 2023.



Gene Turnbow
Gene Turnbow

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