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In a strange but delicious piece of news, the horrible year 1993 Super Mario Bros. film shot on top of Amazon Video Sales Charts yesterday, bypassing recent versions Fast and Furious 9 and Zack Snyder Justice League become Amazon’s best-selling movie. This renewed interest was sparked by the recent Nintendo Direct, in which the publisher revealed the cast of his animated film. super mario bros. feature film, the premiere of which is scheduled for the end of 2022.
Super Mario Bros. – as those of a certain age and certain bones will remember – was an ambitious but totally unsuccessful attempt to make the transition between the world of Mario, Luigi, Princess Daisy and your favorite Super Mario Bros. character, Lena, in a live-action feature film. While undeniably creative in concept, the resulting film is ultimately a chaotic, tonal mess, becoming both a critical and commercial disaster when it finally hit screens in the summer of 1993.
The film sees Brooklyn plumbers Mario Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi Mario (John Leguizamo) immersed in an alternate prehistoric (but surprisingly cyberpunk) universe known as “Dinohattan”. Bob-ombs, hideously designed Goombas, Super Scopes as legitimate weapons, and even an animatronic Yoshi have all made an appearance in this insanely bizarre version of the Mushroom Kingdom. And Lena, don’t forget your favorite character, Lena. The neon ‘berg trippy is chaired by our antagonist, the human / dinosaur hybrid King Koopa – played with coke-added fury by the late Dennis Hopper.
The cast and crew would both regret Super Mario Bros. ‘ exaggerated and overbudgeted chaos. There have been issues on set between Hopper and the husband-and-wife directorial team Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, several script rewrites have taken place before and during production, and there have even been major conflicts at the both in the editing room and in the marketing department once the film has finally been released. the can.
Although it contains some legitimately pioneering special effects, (plus that roxette song that everyone dug), the stars of the film have generally only spoken about the experience in strongly negative tones, with Hoskins bluntly referring to Super Mario Bros. like the worst thing he’s ever done. Some of those attitudes have cleared up in recent years, and Samantha Mathis (Princess Daisy) and Leguizamo have retrospectively spoken of their joy that the film carries some ironic charm as a cult “classic” among modern fans.
Whatever your personal stance on this cinematic curiosity, I don’t think so anybody expected to see it take the charts by storm some three decades later. Ahead of its time? Of course not. It’s just the power of nostalgia and the power of “trending” topics. But the very fact that newcomers are always visiting King Koopa’s Dinohattan in 2021… It’s almost unreal.