A little lazy and excessive in spots is this new animated adaptation of the famous video game character drawn from the 1981 Nintendo Arcade extravaganza ‘Donkey Kong.’
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has much more admiration for its antecedent than the reviled 1993 live-action adaptation which starred the lake, regretful Bob Hoskins in the titular role opposite John Leguizamo as brother Luigi.
The writer of Minions: The Rise of Gru and directors of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Do their best to appease the gamer demographic and small fry with Chris Pratt and Charlie Day voicing Mario and Luigi with a little Italian at the outset.
The fledgling Brooklyn plumbers get sucked down a mysterious green pip when attending to a water main break that prompts a zippy endeavor that may overstay its welcome to certain (read:older) onlookers. Even as it reaches its manageable run-time while incorporating familiar motifs.
Still, I guess there’s fun to be had from an audio/visual element in the Mushroom and Volcano worlds and other environs. Especially with Seth Rogen doing the aforementioned Kong, Keegan Michael-Key, Toad, the in-demand Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach. And of course the malevolent giant turtle Bowser voice with gravely sonorous intonations by Jack Black.
Going down a road and facing a Banzal Bill is part of the cane-colored joy the filmmakers impress with much training for Mario at the behest of the heady Pace who is y by the dastardly Bowser into nuptials. Mario Bros. does play off of Luigi’s fearfulness with some aplomb and Pratt doesn’t offer much distinction in the lead, maybe with the character being more reactive than distinctive.
If the source doesn’t really make a case for any chance of inspired narrate in this kid-glove handling it does benefit by including Charles Martinet who originally voiced Mario. As well as a scene-stealer in Juliet Jelenic’s anarchic Lumalee.