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‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ made coin. But is it good?

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 Several characters from the Mario Brothers video game franchise drive carts wildly down a road that looks like a rainbow.
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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

It's-a us, Cinebuds! And this week, you guessed it, we're talking about The Super Mario Bros.  Movie — power-ups and levels and mushrooms, oh my!

It's a world everyone is familiar with and a built-in audience of millions around the world. There was no way this movie was going to fail. Plus there's that abomination from 1993 that set the bar very low for an SMB movie, so that helps. But did WE enjoy it? That's the pivotal question!

The animated film has all the classic music from the game, and they capitalize on the feeling of playing the game itself with sequences that bring you back to learning the tricks and mythology for the first time. Then there’s the star-studded cast of voices — obviously Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as Mario and Luigi, but also Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Seth Rogan, Fred Armisen and Keegan-Michael Key, to name just a few.

We know you've seen it. Statistically, it's pretty likely. So now you can hear us chat about it, as well as what else we've been watching. Listen using the player at the top of the page or anywhere you find podcasts by searching "Cinebuds." You can also catch up on previous episodes by visiting Radio Milwaukee podcast HQ and check out @cinebudspodcast on Instagram!

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