Mario Bros. – Movie Review by Efe Teksoy


Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the action, adventure, and fantastic animation “THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE”, for America’s Los Angeles-based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.


Universal Pictures, iconic global entertainment brands Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo are joining forces for the first time to make The Super Mario Bros. Movie, a new big-screen adventure starring pop culture’s most famous plumbers in the past 40 years. Based on Nintendo‘s Mario video game franchise, the $100 million budget Super Mario Bros. The movie set a new record with its opening of $377 million globally in the first 5 days of its release. It was the biggest animated opening of all time, surpassing the $358 million gross of Frozen 2, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, this thrilling animation is clearly based on Mario, but has many references to other video games (such as Punch-Out !! and Star Fox). There are also references to popular productions such as Mad Max and La casa de papel. 1986’s Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! and the third feature film adaptation after the 1993 live-action movie Super Mario Bros. With action-packed, exuberant, cinematic comedy, it invites viewers to a new imaginative universe full of lively and adventure unlike anything ever done before. Also in this production, We meet Mario’s İtalian origin  American lovely family. And We learn about Mario’s philosophy that he never gives up no matter how low he falls. Among the producers of the animation; It features Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, the production company of global blockbusters Despicable Me, Minions, Sing Your Song, and The Secret Life of Pets, and Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario for Nintendo. The music belongs to Brian Tyler, who is the composer of the music of many famous movies and television movies and video games.


While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers enter a magical new world by being diverted through a mysterious pipe. But as the brothers separate, Mario embarks on an epic adventure to find Luigi. With the help of the Mushroom Kingdom resident Toad and some battle training from the Mushroom Kingdom’s strong-willed ruler Princess Peach, Mario finds his strength, perseveres, and is determined that anything is possible as long as he and Luigi are together.

The Super Mario Brothers Movie features an outstanding comedy cast. These include Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black (Jumanji films) as Bowser, Seth Rogen (Bad Neighbors series) as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live) as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson (American Dad!, Family Guy) as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco (Green Book) is in the role of Spike. It also features Charles Martinet as the special voice actor who has been voicing the characters Mario and Luigi from the Super Mario games for over 30 years.


Horvath and Jelenic have a long history of working together. But Super Mario Bros. Movie is their first time co-directing a movie. Director Jelenic; “Teen Titans Go! We wrote and directed To the Movies, and this is our first time directing together. This is a new role for me because I’m from a writing background. So this movie gave us the opportunity for a new working relationship. Normally we produce stories and create different themes and characters. Now we’re looking at the bigger picture. Even though we have a history of working together in a certain way, it was like getting to know each other again in a way for us. We’re also from TV backgrounds and on TV you write the script and you do what’s on the page. When you entered the world of cinema, we learned that although you had a very good script when you started, the film will change a lot during the production process. It has been a fun experience for us to work with Matt [Fogel] for the various iterations for this movie. We’ve made this movie many times and it’s always been the best movie. But we always said, ‘We can do better.’ That is the nature of the motion picture. You always turn good ideas into better ideas.” he says. In the reshaping process, the directors created the theme they wanted to emphasize. Horvath: “The main theme of this movie is perseverance. Never give up. The only way to lose the Super Mario Brothers game is to give up and if you keep playing you will get better and eventually beat Bowser. So that was the theme of the movie.” says the director.


For the soundtrack of the Super Mario Brothers Movie, the producers consulted Fast & Furious 9, Transformers: Prime, Eagle Eye, The Expendables trilogy, Iron Man 3, Oscar nomine master composer Danny Elfman. And also They consulted with renowned American composer Brian Tyler, who has composed music for over 100 films, including Avengers Age of Ultron, Gang of Wizards and Crazy Rich Asians. Tyler’s love of Nintendo games and his background in video game soundtracks made him perfect for the task. He says: “Over the years, when I played Mario, I always thought about what it would be like to really jump into that world, and this movie makes that dream come true in the best way possible. The care taken by everyone in this movie is truly unmatched. We’ve all taken great care so that this vision is a tribute to Mario’s personal importance to each of us. That’s why I gave myself completely to this movie. I wanted this idea to become a reality for everyone who watched this movie.” Like many classical films, a large orchestra is at the center of the soundtrack. This gave Tyler the ability to move larger for action scenes and smaller for close-ups, while capitalizing on the many 8-bit sounds used in the original Mario games. Tyler explains: “E.T. An example of how classical music can tell the story of a movie with highly identifiable themes is a movie that comes to mind. The music of the two brothers, the villains, the romance, the humor, the magic, the action brought an orchestral element with it.”


Nintendo composer Koji Kondo composed the main music for Super Mario Brothers in 1985. It has since become iconic in popular culture. Tyler says: “I know Mario’s music very well and I feel nostalgic for all the music Koji Kondo has made for the games. It was a pleasure to not only make new music to represent Mario in this movie, but also combine them with the music Koji Kondo made for the games. For this film, I made a symbolic soundtrack with an emotional depth that still represents the music of the games from the beginning.” On top of Tyler’s and Kondo’s music, the producers also turned to nostalgia. Jelenic says: “We found music from the 80s that made us feel a certain way and took us and the parents who brought their kids to this movie back to when we played as kids. It adds a very distinct feeling to the mood of the movie. It’s kind of sarcastic and it shows people that we’re not taking this movie too seriously because in the end it’s a fun journey.” Tyler has developed a strong relationship with Kondo and producer Shigeru Miyamoto. This allowed him to create a new page in Mario music while preserving the original music in the structure of the film. This collaboration between the two directors and three studios has created an excellent process for Tyler. Horvath says: “The original music succeeds beautifully and thoughtfully across all Nintendo music. Sometimes it’s a few notes, a few parts, and sometimes the whole song, but it’s played and sung by some of the most talented musicians in the movie. For me as a fan, it was very satisfying to listen to it.” Tyler adds: “From the amazing directors Aaron and Michael to our amazing friends in Japan who started this venture, Shigeru Miyamoto and Koji Kondo, to Universal’s amazing music department and Illumination’s amazing leader Chris Meledandri, everyone was working towards one goal: Mario. To make an amazing movie that will bring joy and provide an unforgettable experience for eternal fans and new fans. I am very proud to be a part of this movie.”


Adventure and comedy genre The Super Mario Bros. Movie is an exciting animated movie that will take you to a unique fantasy universe.


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