Super Mario Brothers (long for Super Mario Bros.) is an 1993 science fiction fantasy adventure comedy film that it was been loosely based on the Nintendo's video game franchise of the same name. This was the first direct video game film adaptation ever made.
The movie itself has always been hated by critics, but with the advent of the internet, it has gained a cult following under a "so bad, it's good" feel.
Later in 2013, a fan-made comic titled Super Mario Bros. 2 (not be confused with the actual NES game Super Mario Bros. 2) was released. As the title suggests, it serves as a sequel to the movie.
Sixty-five million years ago, a meteorite crashes into the Earth, killing the dinosaurs and causing the universe to split into two parallel dimensions. The surviving dinosaurs cross over into this new dimension and evolve into a humanoid race.
In the present, Mario and Luigi are two Italian American plumbers living in Brooklyn, New York, who are currently being driven out of business by the mafia-like Scapelli Construction Company led by Anthony Scapelli. Later, Luigi falls in love with an orphaned NYU student named Daisy, who is digging under the Brooklyn Bridge for dinosaur bones. After a date, Daisy takes Luigi back to the bridge only to witness one of Scapelli's men sabotaging it by leaving the water pipes open. Unable to fix the flooding, Luigi and Daisy rush back to his apartment where they inform Mario about the incident. The trio returns to the flooding where the Mario Bros. manage to fix it but are knocked unconscious by Iggy and Spike, who proceed to capture Daisy. Moments later, Mario and Luigi awaken and head deeper into the caves following Daisy's screams and discover an interdimensional portal allowing the Mario Bros. to follow Daisy. It turns out that Iggy and Spike are henchmen (and cousins) of the other world's germophobic and obsessive–compulsive dictator, King Koopa, who descended from the most revered dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex. The Mario Bros. realize they didn't bring Daisy's rock, a meteorite fragment which Koopa is trying to get in order to merge his world with the real world. It is then revealed that Daisy is the long-lost Princess of the other dimension. When Koopa overthrew Daisy's father (and de-evolved him into fungus), her mother took her to Brooklyn using the inter-dimensional portal. The portal was then destroyed, killing Daisy's mother in the process, but Scapelli's men inadvertently reopened the portal when they blasted the cave. Upon hearing this, Koopa sends Spike and Iggy to find both Daisy and the rock to merge the dimensions and make him dictator of both worlds. However, after Koopa subjects them to one of his experiments to make them more intelligent, Spike and Iggy realize Koopa's evil intentions and side with the Mario Bros. Koopa believes only Daisy can merge the worlds, but the Mario Bros. are also from a different place and time. Eventually, the Mario Bros. rescue Daisy with the help of Toad, a good-natured guitarist who was punished by Koopa for performing music that protests his reign (for which he is de-evolved into a Goomba).
Eventually, the two worlds merge and Koopa turns Scapelli into a chimpanzee before going after Mario, but Luigi and Daisy bring back the rock and the worlds separate again. In Dinohattan, Mario confronts Koopa and eventually defeats him when he and Luigi fire their devolution guns at Koopa and blast him with a Bob-omb, throwing him into a chain suspended vat. Koopa, now turned into a ferocious, semi-humanoid Tyrannosaurus, jumps out of the vat, which is not far away from the Mario Bros., to deliver his final blow, but the Mario Bros. manage to destroy him once and for all by turning him further into an actual T. rex, which is too intense for him to live through and instead turns him into primordial slime. Following Koopa's defeat, Daisy's father turns back to normal and reclaims control over the kingdom. The citizens celebrate and immediately destroy anything under Koopa's influence. Luigi admits his love for Daisy and wants her to come to Brooklyn with him, but Daisy can't come until the damage caused by Koopa is repaired and thus, she wants to spend more time with her father. Heartbroken, Luigi kisses Daisy goodbye as he and Mario return home to Brooklyn, with Daisy watching them leave. Three weeks later, the Mario Bros. are getting ready for dinner when their story comes on the news and the anchorman says they should be called the "Super Mario Bros." Daisy asks the Mario Bros. to help her and says, "You're never gonna believe this!"
In a post-credits scene, two Japanese business executives propose making a video game based on Iggy and Spike, who decide on the title The Super Koopa Cousins.
Why it Sucks
- The characters from the games, as depicted in the movie, are completely different from their in-game incarnations. Bowser (known as King Koopa in the movie) is a human, Koopas are just men with shrunken lizard heads and Goombas are just human with monster-like heads. Even Yoshi looks completely different.
- There is a pointless running gag of King Koopa trying to order pizza.
- Laughable dialog from the characters, two of them being the lines that are laughable is when King Koopa says "Bob-Omb!" and "Monkey!".
- The movies features Princess Daisy as Luigi's love interest, but not Princess Peach, who was Mario's love interest.
- It can get way too dark for a kids film.
- A sexual scene in a kids film.
- The Koopas, Goombas and Yoshi look visually disgusting.
- The monsters in this film look ugly, even Power Rangers (which was made around the same year as this film did) had much better looking monsters.
- Big Bertha doesn't look/is not faithful to her regular Nintendo version.
- They gave Mario an American accent despite the fact that Mario is Italian in most other media.
- Poor grasp of source material. The original Super Mario Bros. theme is only used once in the entire film.
- This movie thought it was going to get a sequel (as shown in the ending of the film), but it was cancelled due to negative reception.
- Mario and Luigi are not like this!
- Luigi doesn't have a mustache!
- The fact that Mario and Bertha kissed even though Mario should've kissed Peach.
- Peach does not appear at all. Other notable absences include the Koopalings, Wart, and Tatanga.
- Bob Hoskins said in an interview that he hated this film.
- The special effects are pretty good, even for early 90's standards.
- The costumes are pretty good.
- There are some funny moments here and there.
- The AVGN actually gave the film a positive review and he stated that it is just a live action film adaption and they can be different.
- John Leguizamo, unlike Bob Hoskins, once stated that he enjoyed the filming experience.
- The film has surprisingly decent songs in the soundtrack. Most notably, "Almost Unreal" by Roxette.
- Alan Silvestri, the film's composer, also did the music for Back To The Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
- The film has a Blade Runner-like universe.
- Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo's performances were highly praised, even if they disowned the film.
- Dennis Hopper's performance is so bad, it does get a laugh once in a while.