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The first verdicts on The Super Mario Bros Movie have started arriving, and they’re almost entirely positive.
The film’s premiere took place in Los Angeles on Saturday, and some of those in attendance have been sharing their views on Twitter.
“I’m not sure any movie in history has ever had this many easter eggs. And good ones!”
Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang, the previous co-hosts of official Nintendo YouTube show Nintendo Minute, were similarly enthusiastic. “We just got out of the movie,” Yang said in a video posted on Twitter. “Oh my God, it was incredible.”
“Incredible,” agreed Ellis. “Such a love letter to the whole decades and decades of Mario. This is a movie that you’re going to want to see a lot of times because it was just like, little reference, little reference, and I think we all missed some.”
Filmmaker Deondre Aviles said the film was “perfect” and gave it a score of 10/10, adding: “I haven’t felt like this for an animated movie since the 2014 Lego Movie. Stunning animation, and music by Brian Tyler. It’s gonna be big. Give me the Cinematic Universe!”
Atom, a Twitter account dedicated to film reviews and news, called the film “a charming adventure with the Nintendo plumbing duo, full of fun cameos that’ll drain your warp pipes.”
“This isn’t just another video game movie,” it added, “it’s one of the best family films ever,” with “a fitting end setting up what’s next”.
While most verdicts were positive, there were some negative takes. Gizmodo entertainment reporter Germain Lussier said: “I really wanted to like it but I did not.
“A few solid scenes capture the spirit of the game but mostly it’s an overly goofy, bare-bones plot, filled with bad jokes and worse song choices. It looks great but I was more bored and annoyed than entertained.”
The movie stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Jack Black as Bowser and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad.