“Super Mario Bros. Movie,” which is based on Nintendo’s Mario video game franchise, premiered on April 12 at Reel Cinemas, Dubai Mall.
A huge showcase of the movie at Burj Khalifa was held prior to the movie premiere, and many people gathered at Dubai Fountains to witness the wonderful showcase of “Super Mario Bros. Movie” at the tallest tower in the world.
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The movie was produced by Illumination, Universal Pictures and Nintendo, and distributed by Universal.
It stars Chris Pratt (Mario), Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach), Charlie Day (Luigi), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong) and Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong).
The premiere was packed with nostalgic fans who used to play Mario games through various Nintendo’s gaming consoles over the years on the big screen.
Waleed K Hmidan, an award-winning filmmaker shared his feedback about the movie, saying: “I really enjoyed the movie, it’s faithful to the original source material and classic Nintendo games. Mario is one of the most iconic video games characters of all time I’m really happy to see a movie that gives him the right and best treatment for all his fans around the world.”
“I was also happy with voice acting and the amazing performance of the actors in the movie, which is very enjoyable for the whole family,” he added.
Bibi Zumot, a digital creator shared his feedback about the movie: “The movie is very nice and I actually cosplayed Mario previously, which is very relatable to me cause the personality of Mario in the movie was similar to mine.”
“I got nostalgia from childhood where I played classic Nintendo games and the movie featured these classic characters like Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and all other amazing characters that I played with where all put in one movie with a nice story, I’m looking forward to the sequel of this amazing movie,” he added.
After the critical and commercial failure of the 1993 live-action Mario film, Nintendo became reluctant to license one of its intellectual properties for film adaptations. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto became interested in developing another film when Nintendo was bringing its older games to the Virtual Console service, and through Nintendo’s work with Universal Parks & Resorts to create Super Nintendo World, he met Illumination founder Chris Meledandri. By 2016, the two were discussing a Mario film and, in January 2018, Nintendo announced that it would collaborate with Illumination and Universal to produce it. Production was underway by 2020, and the cast was announced in September 2021.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie was theatrically released in the United States on April 5. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but a more positive reception from audiences. It has grossed $659 million worldwide, setting box office records for the biggest worldwide opening weekend for an animated film and the highest-grossing film based on a video game.