Super Mario, and the 6 best film adaptations of video games

Recently, Hollywood continues to put out new versions of movies that no one asked for, comic book adaptations or kids’ favorite movies, movies adapted from video games. That’s not to say that adults can’t enjoy them either, but movies like Sonic the Hedgehog or Detective Pikachu are usually for younger audiences. As of May 23, 2023, the Super Mario Movie has grossed $1,264,350,750 worldwide, so it’s not a bad idea to keep churning out these forms of entertainment, Box Office Mojo reports on the numbers.

In 1993, the Super Mario Bros. movie marked the first video game adaptation, but its reception was far from stellar, earning it a reputation as one of the worst movies ever. However, in the ensuing three decades, the field of video game adaptations has witnessed remarkable growth and transformation. With all this in mind, we present you with a ranking of the best video game projections on the big screen.

6.Resident Evil

The six Resident Evil movies embody the epitome of mindless entertainment. While they may not meet the criteria of being good or staying true to gaming, that hardly diminishes their appeal. Directed by Alice, the protagonist, the ongoing showdown with Albert Wesker plays out in deliciously absurd fashion, featuring action reminiscent of The Matrix, though not quite reaching its level of excellence. Oh, and let’s not forget the abundance of skintight leather outfits.

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5. The Angry Birds Movie 2

When it comes to adapting video games to movies, there was skepticism surrounding the decision to turn a mobile game into a feature film. Surprisingly, The Angry Birds Movie managed to find its footing despite disappointing ratings. However, its sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2, takes a leap forward and offers a significant improvement. Released on August 14, 2019, the film explores an unexpected alliance between the titular birds and their old enemies, the pigs, as they come together to face a greater danger that threatens their beloved island.

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4. Tomb Raider (2018)

For those who remember the disappointing 2001 Angelina Jolie-directed Tomb Raider film, the new adaptation offers a refreshing change. With Alicia Vikander taking on the role of Lara Croft, this film stayed true to her character and narrative, though it didn’t break box office records. It earned accolades as one of the highest-rated video game movies on Rotten Tomatoes, helping to restore faith in the genre. Its success paved the way for other notable entries on the list of video game adaptations.

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3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

On March 30, 2022, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hit the screens, continuing the exciting adventures of everyone’s favorite speedy blue hero. This sequel builds on the success of its predecessor, bringing back the formidable Dr. Robotnik, played by the talented Jim Carrey, and introducing a new rival in the form of Knuckles the Echidna, played by the charismatic Idris Elba. With the addition of beloved characters like Tails and a storyline that keeps viewers engaged, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 takes the franchise to new heights, offering fans an even more immersive experience.

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2. Detective Pikachu

Prepare to be dazzled by the visual extravaganza that is Detective Pikachu. While it may not satisfy every Pokémon fan’s deep-seated desire for a live-action anime adaptation, the film makes up for it with its stunning 3D renderings of Pokémon. Throughout their journey, they encounter an eclectic cast of eccentric characters and formidable creatures. The exciting action and captivating visuals in 2019’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu provide an unforgettable and distinct experience that leaves a lasting impression.

The story may not reach the pinnacle of greatness, but it efficiently propels us from one exciting setting to the next, allowing our beloved Pokémon to radiate their CGI magnificence.

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1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

Opinions among critics may vary, but the general consensus of the audience leans towards satisfaction with The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Despite the initial hype and controversy surrounding the cast, the movie manages to deliver an enjoyable adventure. While it may not perfectly replicate the Mushroom Kingdom we know from gaming, it does get the right tone and maintains a light-hearted approach, making for an entertaining viewing experience.

In this cinematic journey, Mario teams up with Princess Peach to prepare for an epic showdown against the formidable Bowser. With notable stars like Chris Pratt, Jack Black and Keegan-Michael Key lending their voices to the beloved characters, the film brings a new dimension to the iconic world of Super Mario Bros.

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Sure, you can make a case for other movies not on this list, but these were just ahead of their class.