After too many years in the making, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is finally out and we positively love it. Mike has already gone ahead and done us the honour of penning our spoiler free review for it, but I still feel the need to discuss many factors of this amazing creation. Unlike Mike, however, everything I will go on to say will not be spoiler free so please take this as your first and only warning.
With that unpleasantry out of the way, it’s time for our fifth topic, Bowser:
When that first trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie dropped, Bowser the Koopa King, stole the show. Voiced by Jack Black, the many lines of dialogue we got from him versus the very little we saw of Chris Pratt’s Mario, was a very easy sell. Finally, here is the big bad Bowser himself, back in all his villainous glory. He’s been watered down over the years and depicted more and more as a frenemy, but here was a Mario story that was going to take him back to his roots.
We were finally going to see why he is the Koopa King and his fiery breath is no joke, so it’s a shame that when you watch the full film, he is. Instead of getting the usual sob story as to why a villain is the way that they, we get an oversized fire-breathing lizard that’s besotted with the only female human in all of the Mushroom Kingdom. Ladies and genteman, Bowser’s a simp.
Yes, we should have expected the whimsical lovesick nature to come out to play, due to the snowball fight from the first trailer and how Bowser molests Luigi’s precious moustache and we were warned in advance that Bowser would be singing, Jack Black is in the driving seat after all, but for the few despicable moments he does get, they are just as many cheesy and cringeworthy moments that make him more of a laughable menace.
He’s loveable and it’s still an excellent portrayal by Jack Black, but it’s not the evil Bowser many of us were hoping to see. In short, although he’s pretty intimidating at the start, ultimately, he’s the Bowser one would comfortably see playing party games with the other Mario characters, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Furthermore, the whole minion/master relationship that Bowser has going on with all of his minors is exceptional and I really enjoyed all of the screen time shared between Bowser and Kamek.
Naturally, all views above are entirely my own and I would love to hear what you guys thought of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Thank you for reading.