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Critics Don’t Understand It. Audiences Love It.
This just in: Meta Critic and Rotten Tomatoes scored The Super Mario Bros Movie low. Like, really low. But let’s be real for just a second, anyone who thought a movie for a niche fan base was going to score as high as Oscar contender movies, you’re nuts. Of course critics scored this movie low. I expected nothing less.
Mario is for a specific group of fans. It started out as a video game. And it’s gamers who are going to love this movie. Love it so much they’ll take those below average scores and make them irrelevant as they flock to the theater multiple times in one weekend. Cause that’s how gamers do! Word of mouth will prevail.
Not to mention, my choice of movie watching never comes from the likes of meta critic or Rotten Tomatoes. Simply because they are not my people. If anything, the lower they rate a movie the more likely I am to love it. This movie is no exception. So, let’s agree to leave these critic scores to the click bait YouTube videos that are already out there with their shocked expressions on their faces. No need to speculate or argue some sort of point. Instead, let’s turn our attention to the future because I thinks it’s gonna be hella bright for gamers.
Money talks. And when it comes to Nintendo, some might say money leads. In this case it will leave Nintendo with no alternative but to do one of two things, and quickly:
Work on the next franchise movie
Work on the sequel to this movie
The way I see it those are their only billion dollar options.
And much like Pokémon has turned their video game, plushies, cards, tv show into a blueprint many hope to aspire to decades later, Nintendo has a real opportunity here to do the same but on a higher budget for higher return scale.
If Illumination hasn’t drawn up the exclusive contract to churn out Nintendo movies for the next decade I don’t know what they’re waiting for. The time has come to see what many gamers have been clamoring for and there is no better time than now.
Animation is so key to making the movie gamers want to see over and over again. This isn’t like taking Game of Thrones and making it Live Action. Books are often better suited for it. But there is no better medium than animation when it comes to video games and movies. I’m talking of Nintendo here, not Xbox or PlayStation which are different beasts altogether.
Let’s give Nintendo their flowers, for now, and collectively hold our breath while we await the next big movie announcement. How cool would it be to announce a Zelda movie is coming while we are all in the midst of playing TotK? Just saying…
I’m not going to bother reviewing the movie. I knew it would do great opening weekend and have no doubt it will surpass $1bn in record time. Plus, just search on YouTube and prepare your mind to melt will all the before release and after reviews of this movie.
I will leave just one thought on the table before I go. I mention this is going to be the movie of the century because it will serve as the blueprint for all Nintendo franchise movies moving forward.