Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Super Mario Brosy – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Super Mario Bros
1993 saw the release of the first live-action videogame movie – Super Mario Bros. In the 80s there had been many movies featuring video games such as TRON, War Games, The Last Star Fighter and the Wizard but there was never a translation of an existing video game. The movie was met with many production problems and constant changes to the script by the two directors who lacked any real vision for the movie. Produced on a huge budget at the time, it failed to make any money back. Bob Hoskins even admitted in 2007 that the film was the worst part of his career.
Over the years people have started to revisit the movie and realise it was not as bad as they remember or had been lead to believe. Let’s have a look back and see where things went wrong.