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Super Mario Bros. The 1993 film. Many people dislike this film, for many reasons. But does it really deserve the bad rap it gets? The main complaint people have with the film is that it doesn’t follow the plot of the games. That’s understandable for people to complain about, right? The most obvious thing you would want the film to do is be faithful to it’s source material. It’s just common sense. Or so you would think. Here is an excerpt from an official Nintendo publication (The Official Nintendo Player’s Guide), that is the “plot” or Super Mario Bros. “One day the Koopa tribe, led by the powerful sorcerer, Bowser, invaded the peaceful Mushroom kingdom. The Mushroom people were ruled by a good king and queen. Although these gentle people fought together against the Koopa, they were defeated and turned into horsetails, shoots, bricks, rocks and other things. The only one who can release them from Bowser's magical spell and return life to the ruined Mushroom Kingdom, is Toadstool, the princess of the kingdom. But princess Toadstool was captured and imprisoned in the dungeon of a faraway castle. When Mario heard this story, he felt sorry for the Mushroom tribe. So, he's about to start a long, torturous journey to rescue the princess and help restore peace to the Kingdom of the Mushrooms.” This film was made in America. And so, if they had actually followed the “plot” of Super Mario Bros. the game, it would have ended up featuring Bowser as a stereotype witch doctor, the Koopas as stereotype tribals, and a bunch of horsetails, bricks, rocks and other things laying around. Does that sound better than the Super Mario Bros. film we have? I don’t think so. Now, you may say “But what I wanted was a film that followed the game’s plot!”. Tell me, what is the plot of Super Mario Bros.? It’s a plumber (and his brother, if playing 2 player) jumping over obstacles and repeatedly entering the wrong castles to search for a princess. You can’t make a film out of that. It would just be watching an actor jump over bricks and stomping on turtles and brown mushrooms for the length of a film. Sounds boring, right? The other games vary the plot slightly, but the same thing remains: The Mario series is not a story-driven one. The little story it has, even with all the games released by 1993 put in consideration, does not even come close to being properly adaptable to a screenplay. So, what are they left to do? Nintendo wants a Super Mario Bros. film made, but there’s barely anything to work with. So what can they do to try to make something like Super Mario Bros. entertaining to the viewer, and not just essentially watching somebody play the game? Artistic license. The Super Mario Bros. film is not a terrible film. There are far worse films out there by far. It’s case is unfortunate: Since it bears the name of a beloved video game, people expected something entirely different. They went in with the wrong mindset, and as a result, it bombed. But, let’s look at the film for a moment, pretending it has no affiliation with the Super Mario Bros. game: A couple plumbers living in Brooklyn are being driven out of business by a ruthless competitor, Scapelli. One of the brothers falls in love with a student conducting an archaeological dig under the Brooklyn bridge, named Daisy. Scapelli’s men sabotage the dig site by leaving water pipes open, and while the brothers are fixing the pipes they are knocked out by a couple strange men and Daisy is kidnapped and dragged to another dimension. The brothers must rescue her. Sounds like an interesting film, right? As long as it has decent acting, a good musical score, and great effects? These are all things the Super Mario Bros. film has going for it. Now, I’m not saying the film is perfect, but it doesn’t deserve the bad reputation it gets. The acting is great, the effects are superb for the time, it tries it’s best, and all and all it’s an entertaining film, its biggest problem being that it became a popular thing to hate. If you’re interested, you might try watching the movie again, with a different mindset. If you have never seen the movie before, you could at least try watching it before forming an opinion.