It looked pretty but I felt no emotion watching it. Kinda wish it was live action because this feels soulless. It's like watching a bunch of jocks take your magic cards and try to play with them the past few years watching celebrities try to play "video games are cool all of a sudden". Society made nerds & gamers feel miserable for the past 30 years, like we never belonged, our hobby was never cool, until money became involved - and now it just feels like a desperate attempt to stay relevant.
Hollywood has literally thrown away billions and billions of dollars not adapting video games over the years, and they are finally realizing this - and sadly we are more than likely never going to get an actual truly good video game movie. They can make money all they want, but the prospect of a "good video game movie" is long, long gone at this point. I haven't enjoyed any video game movies i've seen recently and there is no excuse for that, there should at this point be dozens of amazing video game movie franchises. What would make a good video game movie? To feel something? Anything? To care about a story / be invested in the world, but none of these movies have done this for decades now.
In the 90s we got 6 video game movies. 2000-2010 we got 19 movies. 2010-2022 we got 21 movies, and right NOW there is 27 video game movies in production to be released in the next few years.
They are cashing in on what we love, but the soul will be gone from them all. I look at this list of video game movies, and the best one probably on that list is ... the original Mortal Kombat from 1995. Compared to the new movie which I had to turn off after 30 minutes because it was so bad (and yes I've seen multiple reviews, read multiple synopsis of the story to know that I don't want to see more). What made the original Mortal Kombat good? Unlike nearly every attempt at a video game, it was just the video game! Island, warriors, fighting - boss fights. Wow, hard plot!
This is the thing about video games that make it so hard to believe it took them so long to "figure it out" - the plots are already written for you, you don't need to REWRITE the plot - or add new characters, or situations - just adapt the VIDEO GAME into a MOVIE, and it has potential to be good.
Video game movies have always been bad (unless they were made in the 90s). And ever since then they haven't seen the pile of gold before there eyes, and now that they see it - it's gonna be bad movie after bad movie. This trailer did not bring back any of my nostalgia of having got a Nintendo, Super Nintendo for Christmas and playing all the Mario games endless hours as a child. Personally, I think this movie will end up being good - will I watch it? Probably. Will I feel anything?
The art in this movie looks fantastic and might end up being fun, I can't fault it for that. It is just upsetting to see that this is the future, non stop soulless video game movies. This is Nintendo so there is hope for it, and it is Super Mario after all and I do not think it will be a bad movie based on the trailer. Honestly, this comment isn't about Super Mario at all - just video game movies in general since over the years the attempts at them have been more and more exhausting (and this is not one of those examples, this movie looks good let me reiterate, I just don't care for the "AAA celeb spam voice actors" to sell a movie).
I just don't care anymore, and can't get excited for the prospect of a video game movie because it is fatiguing to watch one of the only things I've ever loved be continuously mocked for decades, and now put on a pedestal because technology caught up with the rest of the world when we were already fully dug in. And now it passes us by as the old generation of gamers gets laughed at by the new generation of gamers who will never see a single original thought put into any of these movies going forward.
Don't worry, it happened to us too.
Log in to comment