Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros.
US Theatrical: May 28, 1993

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said at 4:54 PM on Tue Sep 19 2017
This is why Live Action movies about video games don't work!
said at 2:38 PM on Fri Apr 21 2017
When I first saw it, I kinda knew the film wasn't going to be that great in the first place, but I thought the costume design was ok. Bob Hoskins even mentioned in an interview that it was one of the worst film he ever did in his career, he even called it a nightmare. I've been a Mario fan all my life, if I was the director of this movie, I would have made it a loooooooooot better than this version.
said at 9:07 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
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How could the first attempt to turn a popular videogame into a movie turn out to be one of 1993's biggest box office bombs and near-universally despised?

The reasons being is mainly because the production on the film was a huge disaster from the start. Five -- count 'em, FIVE -- script treatments were penned and ultimately shot down. Originally, it was supposed to have been a lighthearted, colorful fantasy, you know, just like the atmosphere of the game. Originally director Greg Beeman was supposed to direct, but producer Roland Joffe (director of the wonderfully made KILLING FIELDS) decided to go with music video directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel to envision a more darker, sci-fi style adventure. Morton and Jankel hated the script treatment and opted instead to create a parallel universe story about dinosaurs evolved from humans in a BLADE RUNNER style Manhattan. That script attracted talent such as Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper, and John Leguizamo to the project, but days before shooting was to begin, the script was rewritten to lighten the tone and involve some comic style schtick. The cast and crew were furious. Morton had to defend the new script even though he knew it was terrible. What was supposed to be a 10 week shoot ballooned into 15 weeks. The script kept on getting rewritten. Again. And again. And again. It was very difficult for the cast to take it seriously. Hoskins and Leguizamo started drinking scotch to get through the shoot, which unfortunately resulted in an incident where the latter drunkenly braked on a car, causing the door to close on Hoskins' hand. (He wore a cast colored pink for the remainder of the production.) The directors were forbidden to work with the new script writer. They ran things without consulting the entire cast or crew. And at one point Morton poured coffee down on an extra because he didn't look "dirty" enough. Sometime before the shoot ended, both directors were fired and a new one took over. They were even locked out of the editing room! In the end, practically nothing could be done to salvage what became a complete trainwreck. The film's poor box office performance and reputation with both critics and fans of the game sealed its fate. Yes there have been some fans of the film, but I'm one of those people who initially watched the movie to death but now regret doing so.

Bad as the movie is, one thing I found intriguing was the idea of having a dystopian world ruled by a tyrant who looks suspiciously like Donald Trump. Dennis Hopper, who plays that ruler, (titled King Koopa), absolutely loathed doing the movie (as did Hoskins), but a lot of the characters' mannerisms and demeanor mirror the man who calls himself president today. And of course I do like Hoskins and Leguizamo. But seriously, the movie REALLY needed a better team to make it work. They got all the wrong people to do it in the first place. It should have been an animated film, not a live action one. What I've summed above about the film's tortured production isn't even close to what else went on behind the scenes.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:04 AM on Tue May 19 2015
This might sound totally bizarre, but does anyone else think that Dennis Hopper looked like Conan O'Brien in this movie? Something about his facial expressions just matched some of Conan's to me.
said at 5:28 PM on Sat Jul 26 2014
Personally, I thought that this was not a well made movie. I think that it should've been more cartoony and truer to the game. I mean Yoshi didn't look like himself, and Goombas weren't over 7 feet tall, and Bowser didn't look like himself.
Axem Red
said at 8:47 AM on Fri May 23 2014
Some video games should never be made into movies, and this is movie is one of the reasons why.
said at 8:33 PM on Mon Mar 25 2013
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That movie sucked!
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said at 8:30 PM on Sat Mar 17 2012
 10 Shout Outs!
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said at 9:08 PM on Sat Mar 17 2012
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said at 7:57 AM on Sat Nov 30 2013
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