The Super Mario Bros. Movie star Seth Rogen opened up about his terrible first time watching the original Super Mario Bros. film in 1993. The live-action adaptation of the Mario franchise stars Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi as they try to stop King Koopa from merging his dinosaur world with Earth. The film is a major departure from the video game series, with director Rocky Morton lamenting Nintendo’s lack of involvement.
Speaking with Variety, Rogen revealed the disappointment he felt when watching 1993’s Super Mario Bros. and his belief that The Super Mario Bros. Movie won’t disappoint children. He recalled seeing Super Mario Bros. when he was a child himself, coming to realize that films could be bad products. Check out what Rogen had to say below:
“When I was 11, I saw the original ‘Mario Bros.’ movie and I was so excited. But it’s one of the worst films ever made. I was so disappointed. I think it made me realize that movies, like, could be bad. That never occurred to me until that moment. It really bummed me out. It’s nice to vindicate that moment. It’s nice to know that 11-year-olds out there that they won’t be disappointed in the same way that I was.”
How The Super Mario Bros. Movie Can Fix The Original
Rogen’s assessment of Super Mario Bros. underscores the consensus that the film wasn’t good, in part because it lacked faithfulness to the Mario games. The Super Mario Bros. Movie seeks to rectify this, with trailers showcasing plenty of Easter eggs from the franchise. The film also pulls Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser’s designs straight from the games, a good sign for the movie as a video game adaptation.
The film will also take place in the Mushroom Kingdom instead of on Earth, with Mario and Luigi entering the new world from New York. But The Super Mario Bros. Movie won’t be centered around their time on Earth, instead showcasing Mario’s journey to rescue his brother from Bowser in their newfound world. With the many references to multiple Mario games littered throughout the film’s promotional material, the movie appears to be setting a strong precedent for the video game film adaptation’s faithfulness.
However, early reactions to The Super Mario Bros. Movie criticize the plot, indicating the Easter eggs in Mario games appear to be the movie’s focal point. While this fixes Super Mario Bros.’ issue of departing too far from the video game series, it may hinder the film in terms of story. However, Rogen’s enthusiasm toward The Super Mario Bros. Movie is still a good sign that kids and families will have a good time watching the latest adaptation.