By Colin Hughes
It was announced that Nintendo was striking a deal with Illumination Studios, the company behind Despicable Me and the Secret Life of Pets, on January of 2018, to make a Mario Movie. The release date has yet to be determined, though. The last time there was a movie about Mario was when Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hopkins and John Leguizamo was filmed in 1993 and sold poorly, receiving a 4/10 from IMDb and a 2 out of 5 stars, which is why some people don’t like this idea.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Mario franchise had been considering making an animated movie for years, and he figured his company could make a movie because they thought making a movie was similar to making a game, even though games are interactive and movies are not, but the process was kind of the same.
So will this new movie be good or bad? Now, obviously, we’re living in a time where animation and filming technologyis getting better and better so it’s probably going to be animated, which would be a huge step from the 1993 live action film where Toad was an ordinary human with a guitar and not the short and cute, walking, talking mushroom he’s meant to be.
Plus, there have been some video game movies that sold pretty well. Pixels, a 2015 movie starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James where aliens send down real life video game characters to try to destroy Earth, received 5.6/10 from IMDb and 3 out of 5 stars which may not look that good but is still better that the old Mario movie. And Wreck-it-Ralph, an animated Disney movie taking place in an arcade where a bad guy hops from game to game to try to get an award for being a good guy, got a whopping 7.7/10 from IMDb and 4 out of 5 stars! It’s even getting a sequel!
So will this new Mario movie be good? Better? Worse? I guess we’ll find out when it hits the theaters.