> Like Wreck-It Ralph, there are two ways to watch the Mario movie. You can watch it
> like any other kids movie and appreciate the animation and in-jokes, or you can treat
> it like an Easter egg hunt and spend the 90 minutes looking for references and callouts.
> If you do the latter, you're going to have an absolute blast. They range from unmissable
> (what Mario does after dinner) to brilliantly subtle (the book by Mario's bed).
> If you do the former, the movie is a hard meh. The animation was gorgeous, the character
> designs were faithful (even Prattio, I guess), but the screenplay just doesn't do
> justice to so many characters. Bowser was S-Tier. Toad and Luigi were B- or a generous
> A-Tier. Every other main character just didn't have enough good dialogue to work
> The line I kept repeating to myself walking out of the theater was "That was a lot
> of fun when nobody was talking."
I had an absolute blast with the Easter Eggs and references. I didn't expect much from the plot, and honestly, I couldn't care less about the plot. I loved how they really worked so much from the games and from the world of Nintendo into a 90 minute movie. References to old games like Wrecking Crew, Kid Icarus, and Punchout. References to characters/enemies from every single Mario game. There were references to to every game from Donkey Kong through Mario Odyssey. I loved how they made the 2D levels that we play as "Training Courses" in the Mushroom Kingdom. I loved the ending when Mario had to get up to Bowser's Castle and how they flew through powerups.
Jack Black was great. Every other voice actor was fine except for the two I mentioned (DK and CK). It was a fun movie. Anyone going in expecting anything more substantial than that is going to be very disappointed. People complaining about "not enough Yoshi" or they didn't show X character enough or at all need to relax. There is only so much they can fit in a 90 minute movie, and they will DEFINITELY have sequels.