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Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Director: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kevin Michael Richardson

Just as Italian-American brothers Mario and Luigi are starting a plumbing business in Brooklyn, they are sucked into a Warp Pipe. Mario ends up in the Mushroom Kingdom and Luigi in the Dark Lands. Nintendo's iconic video game was first launched in 1983. The 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros. was famously a critical and commercial bomb. This animation made over a billion dollars worldwide, but I wouldn't go as far as call it a movie. It's a 90-minute screen recording of someone playing the game and anyone under the age of five must be enthralled by all the colourful and fast-paced scenes levels. I'm sure gamers will enjoy the references and easter eggs, but as a cinematic experience with no story, humour, or compelling characters, I was bored out of my mind.