You know it’s serious business as soon as the music starts. They trailered-up the Super Mario Bros. theme—which is to say, slowed it down, made it different. This is a movie trailer! Not a bunch of scenes animated from every Mario game you’ve ever played!
It’s kind of both, actually? It’s-a certainly got Mario, and Luigi, and Donkey Kong, and Peach and Toad and all the rest. As for a plot, you know this one. For some reason, the lil’ plumber needs to save the world(s).
They’re really leaning on the idea that Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the competent one here, which is unsurprising given how many times Mario (Chris Pratt) is likely to die in any level of a given Mario game. Why Bowser (Jack Black) is yelling at Luigi (Charlie Day), I have no idea, but there’s a fun new graphic for Luigi that is useful in many situations:
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and written by Matthew Fogel (Minions: The Rise of Gru). It also stars Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.
This no doubt cinematic masterpiece takes the Rainbow Road into theaters on April 7, 2023.