The Netflix Fantasy Adventure Crushing The Competition

By April Ryder | Published

The new animated feature film The Super Mario Bros. Movie was added to the Netflix roster late last year, and fans just can’t get enough of the Italian plumber boys. 

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Has Dominated Netflix For Months

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Since its release on the streamer on December 3 of last year, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has held a spot in the top 10 most popular films on the channel. Today, nearly two months after its upload to Netflix, The Super Mario Bros. Movie sits in 5th place on the top 10 list. 

An All-Star Voice Cast

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Starring Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, the star-studded cast came together to put on one hell of a show. 

A Record-Setting Theaterical Run

The Super Mario Bros. Movie was released in the U.S. on April 5, 2023, and grossed $1.36 billion in theatrical sales around the world. The movie broke an array of records at the box office. It had the most lucrative worldwide opening weekend for an animated film, and it was the highest-grossing film based on a video game. 

The Most Successful Video Game Movie Of All Time

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For the year, The Super Mario Bros. Movie came in as the second highest-grossing film overall. It was Illumination’s highest-ever grossing film, and the movie has been nominated for more than 20 awards since its release, including three Golden Globe nominations. Needless to say, its rap sheet is pretty impressive. 

Critics Claim It Ignores Most Of Mario’s History

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Despite the excellent turnout to see The Super Mario Bros. Movie, it was met with mixed reviews among fans and critics alike. The movie’s animation style was spot on. The sounds, the sights, and the characters were all bright and lovable, just like the games. The voice actors were perfectly cast, and the nostalgic throwbacks (aka easter eggs) strategically placed throughout the movie make it a fun watch. 

However, some criticized the plot of the movie, saying it was a little thin and underdeveloped. There were so many little side elements encountered throughout The Super Mario Bros. Movie that could have been better explored. The truth is, it’s an almost insurmountable task to cram 40 years of video game history into an hour-and-a-half-long movie. 

What’s Coming In The Sequel?

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The joy to be found in the underdevelopment is that there is plenty of room for Illumination to bring fans another movie. There were originally three Super Mario Bros. video games released on Nintendo, so maybe there will be two more chances for the filmmakers to dig into the Bros.’ history. 

The Biggest Animated Film In History Can Be Streamed Today

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Regardless of a sequel, The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) is arguably the best movie rendition of the game series we’ve seen. It feels like a steal to be able to watch it on demand. Netflix users know it, and you should, too! If you haven’t seen the new animated flick, it’s available for streaming now. 

Join Mario, Princess Peach, Toad, Donkey Kong, and other familiar faces as they work together to free Luigi and the rest of the mushroom kingdom from Bowser’s tyrannical grip.