This section of the website will feature opinion and editorial pieces about topics related to the Super Mario Bros. film--ones exclusive to our site and others from around the internet.



Exclusive SMB Archive Editorials


Review--Super Mario Bros. (Second Sight Blu-Ray)

Author: Ryan Hoss


Notes: The official SMB Archive review of Second Sight's superb Blu-Ray release of Super Mario Bros. the review goes into detail about the quality of the video, audio, and special features.



5 reasons to enjoy the Super Mario Bros. movie

Author: Eduardo Jardim (Reino do Cogumelo)


Source: Reino do Cogumelo (Portuguese)


Notes: This translated article from SMB Archive affiliate site Reino do Cogumelo details the top five reasons why the Super Mario Bros. movie isn't a waste of your time, and why a lot of the negative criticism simply isn't valid.



SMB Archive at Otakon 2011

Author: David Oxford


Notes: In this article, longtime SMB Archive correspondent David Oxford provides us with an entertaining account of his trip to Otakon 2011 dressed as Bob Hoskins' version of Mario from the film.



Survivor Stomper Boots

Author: Blake Dumesnil


Notes: In this article, longtime site member Blake Dumesnil relates his remarkable journey of tracking down and obtaining both a single Thwomp Stomper boot and an astonishing pair. The boots had long been thought simply thrown in a dumpster after production. Thanks to Blake, we now know otherwise.



Mario Bits: The Thwomp Stomper

Author: Eduardo Jardim (Reino do Cogumelo)


Source: Nintendo Blast (Portuguese)


Notes: This mini-article focuses on one of the most iconic elements of the film: the Thwomp Stomper hydraulic-boots. By grounding Mario's distinctive ability in the real world, the Thwomp Stomper boots lifted him and his world into something much more.


The boots are something distinctively "Marioesque" as well as an exaggerated realism. In short, they're exactly what the filmmakers were going for in one handy little package.



Additional Editorials


Could've Been A Krull: Super Mario Brothers

Author: Robert Peterson AKA Tony Lazlo (http://www.robertjpeterson.com)


Source: CC2K


Notes: Peterson's article focuses on the idea that Super Mario Bros. could have been better if it had simply focused on a singular tone. The suggested tone is that of a self-referential, meta film akin to The Princess Bride.


The essay goes on to opine the fluctuating tone between a "straight-up kids' movie" and a "grimier, more self-aware action flick for young adults." If the film had only settled on a single tone, it speculates, the film could have been a lot better. The "Mario Mario/Luigi Mario booking scene" is offered as an example of the comedic sensibility the film should have had throughout.





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